Quartz is a great countertop option that we are proud to sell our customers here at HTS! HGTV showcases some gorgeous homes that have quartz surfaces. Is that why most of our customers have been coming in requesting the quartz? What about granite? I have been asking myself lately why so many people have decided against it before walking in our doors.
Here is why I would not rule granite out. I’m by nature a little OCD so I have to research and over analyze things. The biggest downfalls that people tend to mention when it comes to granite is the maintenance. Granite is porous because it is a completely natural material so it does have to be sealed. Under normal wear and tear, the average person only needs to reseal their countertops every 7 to 10 years. It is a simple D.I.Y. task that you can do in an afternoon. The other thing that our customers seem to think with granite is that it is going to be more expensive than quartz. That is not always the case. Some quartz is double the price of certain granite slabs. We are happy to give comparisons in our quotes!
That being said, here’s why I will always personally choose granite over any manmade surface. I use and abuse my kitchen as I cook from scratch most of the time. I have 3 boys who can wreck havoc on products that are advertised as virtually indestructible. Granite is a 6-7 on the Mohs hardness scale depending on the minerals within that particular slab of stone. Quartz has some averages in that range, but it varies more with some being less hearty. Typically the granite is harder. Quartz surfaces have come a long way since they first hit the market, but they are still more sensitive to heat than granite is. My kids are pretty good about using a pot holder, but they are boys and things happen. The granite is able to tolerate the heat better than the quartz.
Lastly I just love the movement and the character of the natural stone. Quartz is fabricated to have a uniform look throughout the slab. With the granite, each slab of the same color has so many different lines and swirls. Normally I love a clean and uniform look, but the granite adds such a unique character to each surface it graces. I have seen a lot of beautiful kitchens and a lot of them look so similar because they are following what is on trend at the moment. At this moment that trend is quartz and a lot of white. I appreciate the different and the unique wow factor I can add to my space with granite. We do not work on commission here at HTS! Our only goal is to make sure that our customers are happy with our service and the materials we have installed in their home. I always advise customers to pick what naturally stands out to them and gives them that wow factor when they walk into their space. Surfacing your home is not a cheap endeavor no matter which route you go. We want you to love your surfaces so much that you have no desire to change them when the next trend sets in.