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Granite or Quartz?


You are about to make a decision on new countertops for your newly-renovated home, and need to learn more about the pros and cons of granite countertops vs. quartz countertops.

While each is loudly touted as being purely natural, what are the important distinctions?

Granite is 100% natural, quarried naturally from quarries or pits as large sections of stone. Quartz countertops, on the other hand, contain 93% crushed quartz mixed with 7% resin.

For the astute buyer, natural slab granite countertops provide the greatest visual depth, with unique patterning that cannot be matched by quartz. Quartz is a durable material and is less prone to cracking.

What will it be? Granite or quartz? Stay with us by reading the follow-on information to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each material. Or call Allied Marble, Inc. for additional information at 206-453-2766

Granite Countertops – Advantages and Disadvantages


In making the choice that is best for you and your household, we are providing a list of advantages and disadvantages that will play a role in your final decision of granite or quartz countertops.

These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of granite countertops:

  • Coming right from the earth, the appearance of granite is not uniform
  • Countertops require sealing before first use and repeated for life
  • If the sealant becomes compromised, the countertop can become stained
  • Granite is extremely durable but can break or chip with heavy abuse
  • Because of the weight of granite, countertops require professional installation
  • Hiding seams in a granite countertop is impossible

Granite or quartz? We’ll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of quartz countertops to provide you with more information before making a choice between granite or quartz.

Quartz Countertops – Advantages and Disadvantages


From your initial perspective, you may be looking at granite or quartz and asking, “How different can they be?”

We have reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of granite countertops earlier, so now we will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of quarts countertops:

  • Countertops made from quartz are more flexible than granite countertops
  • Quartz and granite are equal in strength
  • While quartz counters are durable, they are not indestructible
  • They are stain resistant and merely require a quick wipe up
  • Quartz seams are less visible than granite
  • Quartz counters may experience discoloration when exposed to ultraviolet sun rays
  • As opposed to granite, quartz does not require initial or subsequent sealing

Granite or quartz? Now you have the advantages and disadvantages of each for consideration. There is little doubt that whichever stone you choose for a countertop, you will be pleased!

Call Allied Marble, Inc. for more information about the pros and cons of these materials as you work toward a decision for your home or business. 206-453-2766