tips from the trade: granite and quartz countertops comparedJuly 05, 2017
With so many options available for your countertop surface, making that crucial choice is tougher than ever. Granite and quartz are among the most popular materials in modern kitchen design ideas, thanks to their beauty and durability.
Granite is a natural stone, while quartz is a premium manufactured material – but natural is not always the best choice. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, so we’re comparing them here to help you decide which is right for you.
Care and Maintenance
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Since granite is a natural stone, it needs conscientious care and maintenance to keep it looking its best – but when properly cared for, granite countertops can last a lifetime. You’ll need to apply sealer to your granite countertop at least once a year.
Also, you should protect it from scratches and harsh chemicals that may etch the surface. Granite is prone to staining, especially light colors. However, these maintenance needs aren’t time-consuming or difficult, and granite countertops are as tough as they are beautiful.
If near-zero maintenance is important to you and your family, a quartz countertop is the way to go. As a man-made surface, it never needs sealing to maintain its impermeable, non-porous surface. It’s also worth mentioning that Q Premium Quartz from MSI comes with a lifetime warranty (see our website for details).
MSI’s gallery to see all the different options available in both granite and quartz countertops.