My sales staff here at Crowley’s Granite Concepts gets this question all the time -
“What’s the difference between granite and quartz?”
We’ve found it best to answere the question within the context of the following 3 categories.
1. Functionality 2. Asthetics 3. How the products are created
I’ll discuss the functionality in this post and Asthetics and How the products are created at a later date.
Functionality: the following factors relate to the differences in functionality
Scratches – In a kitchen application both products are extrodinarily durable, but as to the differences, I would describe Granite as scratch “PROOF” and Quartz as scratch “RESISTANT”.
Heat – Like scratches, the differences between the products are measured in degrees. Granite can withstand the HOTTEST pot, dish, crock-pot, or griddle without concern. Quartz is different in that the sustained heat of an uninsulated crock-pot or griddle WILL cause it to warp, crack, or discolor. As to hot dishes off the stove or out of the oven though, Quartz seems to do just fine.
Maintenance – Granite requires slightly more maintenance because it should be sealed periodically (yearly) to resist stains. Quartz on the other hand doesn’t need to be sealed…ever. This fact seems to be the biggest factor when customers choose quartz over granite. Recently, with the advent of more advanced sealers, it is possible to purchase products that will seal granite for 15 years and provide written warranties from the manufacturer.
This is a big topic and on one I am more than willing to discuss further if you would like. Just send me a question in the comments box and I’ll get back to you shortly!
Aaron J Crowley – PDXGraniteGuy