Granite vs. Quartz Countertops: Amy Mood

Amy Mood, Designer at Kitchen Views in Mansfield, MA

Granite vs. Quartz… What’s the Difference?
by Amy Mood, AKBD

Two examples of Granite countertops

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this question… well, I’d probably still be designing kitchens… But my answer has actually changed over the years, especially recently. It used to be that if you wanted a beautiful one of a kind countertop with variation and movement, that natural granite was the right choice for you — as long as you didn’t mind the maintenance associated with it. For those who did not want to add to their “To Do” list and have to think about sealing their countertop periodically, then a Quartz countertop would be the likely choice; the tradeoff being that the patterns were very uniform in appearance because it is a man-made product.

Six samples of Cambria's latest colors

Six samples of Cambria’s latest colors

Well, the new evolution of Quartz countertops is actually offering consumers the best of both worlds: beautiful, super-durable countertops that most would be hard pressed to tell apart from a natural material. Plus, they need little more maintenance than soap and water cleanup. In fact, I recommend that you view some of these Quartz slabs much like you would with a Granite slab, because of the variation.

Some of my favorites are by Cambria, and Silestone has just released some great options, as well. Some of their countertops actually have the feel of Carrara Marble, which many would like to utilize in a kitchen, but are fearful of damaging. You can view these products through the Countertops section on the Kitchen Views website with links to the manufacturers’ websites, or better yet see them in person at your nearest Kitchen Views showroom.

Amy Mood, AKBD
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: 508-339-8020

5 Responses to “Granite vs. Quartz Countertops: Amy Mood”

  1. 1 Seb August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    We had Silestone counter tops put in last year. So far we have been really pleased. Great links by the way.

  2. 2 Seb August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I forgot to mention that the Silestone joints are practically invisible.

  3. 3 Anaheim granite August 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I still prefer the natural look of granite.

    Anaheim Granite

  4. 4 Jennifer Banks September 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I just purchased Granite Countertops for my kitchen. I can not believe the transformation! It gives the whole room a new look, I could not be happier!

  5. 5 Garden State Soapstone September 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Ive never been a huge fan of Quartz, prefered either soapstone or granite. This is a good article though.

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