For the love of Granite

After traveling and staying in a couple of hotels last weekend and seeing a variety of surfaces and their age, I got to thinking about durability and people’s opinions of the various surface options we hear from our customers.

The first hotel was somewhat dated. We stayed there due to convenience of location. They had a group A (lowest price point) granite for their bathroom vanity and the shower walls. I was actually impressed how good the stone looked. Granite is such a great option for high traffic areas that get “used and abused.”

This is not a photo of the actual hotel room shower. It’s just a shower with similar granite walls to what was at our hotel.
A granite hotel vanity similar to the one we had in our room.

When I am planning on spending a good chunk of change, I want something that not only fits my style and space, but I want something that is going to be lasting quality. I am in no way saying quartz is not going to last and is a subpar material! But here’s some of the reasons I just think granite is superior.

  1. Say your countertop needs surface polished down the road for whatever reason. Granite can be repaired and surface polished. Quartz can be repaired in most cases, but it can NOT be surface polished.
  2. I am a unique individual as is everyone in their own way. Quartz is manmade to look uniform throughout the slab. I love the character that varies from slab to slab of granite and Quartzite. It guarantees that I am not going to have a “cookie cutter” surface that is the same as my neighbor’s.
  3. Granite is durable and relatively maintenance free. We recommend that our customers use a 3 in 1 cleaner once a week to help clean, protect, and polish their natural stone. It will need resealed at approximately 7-10 years but that is a simple and easy D.I.Y. task.
  4. Quartz is generally more expensive than granite. It has went up in price for a number of reasons recently.
  5. Granite and quartzite have a higher heat tolerance than quartz. Manmade quartz surfaces are only heat tolerant to about 300 degrees. Personally if I spend thousands of dollars on my countertops, I’m always going to be using some kind of hot pad before I set anything down. But I also have kids and things happen.
  6. Granite and Quartzite are 100% made by nature. There are no resins or anything manmade within the slabs. Quartz is a manmade product that uses natural stone particles mixed with resins to create the slabs. I am a nature loving person. I appreciate how awesome mother nature is and what it can do so perfectly on its own with no human intervention and without technology.
A group 1 quartz vanity similar to the one at our second hotel.

The second hotel we stayed at was less than 2 years old and it had a group 1 Quartz vanity in the bathroom and for the mini bar area in our room. It looked nice and clean.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Quartz is a bad investment or a substandard material at all. I just feel like television and design magazines have given the general public a misguided view on granite. It’s as durable as it is beautiful. As far as the maintenance, it’s as simple as wiping down your countertops once a week and having to deep clean it (reseal) every 7 to 10 years. I’d say that’s little to no maintenance.

If you are considering upgrading your countertops and you have any questions on which surface would fit your needs best, feel free to stop in or give us a call. We are always happy to answer your questions along the way.

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