Donette
Donette
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Asked on Oct 24, 2017

Do you recommend going with quartz or granite?

Caseyem11Jan LoehrKathryn Peltier
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Please share any cons you’ve experienced with either. We’re going to be doing a kitchen remodel.

15 answers
  • Mil29420618
    on Oct 24, 2017

    We have a well used home in the summer, with a pool. We went with the crushed quartz, and have never been sorry. It's 93% crushed quartz, and 7% epoxy with a built in anti microbial. The only stone counter that is certified for food prep for institutional use. Many people think it's granite, and there are beautiful color combos. We went with Cambria, and they did an excellent installation. It's virtually water proof, and never needs sealing. 10 years old now, and still looks like new.
    • Donette
      on Oct 24, 2017

      I’ve been leaning toward quartz- I’m glad to hear that it still looks great after 10 years. I’ve been told that Cambria is the best. We need something that will survive our kids (adults!) and lots of grandkids. Thank you for your input 😊
  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 24, 2017

    While both quartz and granite are beautiful, I absolutely choose quartz! Quartz has amazing colors vs granite. Quartz does not require the maintenance that granite does. Quartz is much safer for food preparation, and doesn't have to be sealed yearly as does granite. Take a look at this following website for pros and cons of both: https://countertopinvestigator.com/silestone-versus-granite/
    • Donette
      on Oct 24, 2017

      Wow- excellent articles! I love the look of Romano White, it comes in quartz or granite. I am planning on having our kitchen cabinets painted either SW Perfect Greige or SW Mega Greige. Our large island cabinetry will be white. I have white appliances (that I love), light walls and lots of windows. I lean toward quartz, but seems like granite can take heat better, and possibly less issue with seams. Thank you again for your help, I’m still reading articles! Based on responses here, everyone likes quartz best. 😊
  • Pat Guillemette
    on Oct 24, 2017

    QUARTZ. You don't have to seal it yearly.
  • Shoshana
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Quartz is the better option, I think, if you have that option.
  • Judy Galloway
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Definitely quartz...so many color options and practically maintenance free. Everyone thought our quartz counter was marble..a much more expensive e material.
    • Donette
      on Oct 25, 2017

      I have been reading....reading....reading....Quartz it is! So many colors to chose from- we are going to visit the showrooms next! Based on researching businesses and tons of reviews I’ve narrowed the showrooms to visit also! I love my iPad!!! Thank you for your response 😊
  • Flipturn
    on Oct 24, 2017

    As part of your decision making process you might want to compare the difference in cost of the edge profile that you would like.
    The prices of solid surface counter tops that are advertised and displayed in the stores do not include the additional cost pr linear foot for the different edge profile styles, such as bullnose,bevel, etc.
  • Ellis
    on Oct 24, 2017

    I would choose quartz. My sister put in granite, and she complains about having to seal it periodically.
  • Caseyem11
    on Oct 24, 2017

    i have had granite for decades and have never had to seal it. I use a daily granite cleaner and it looks like new. My sister has quartz (which is a natural product) and loves it. I say go by total cost and appearance. In Delaware, granite is less expensive.
    • Donette
      on Nov 1, 2017

      In AZ the costs are about the same- I’ve decided to go for quarts. After looking.....looking ......looking..I’ve decide to go with my main wall cabinets in white, with the island cabinets in dark walnut. The countertops will be lightly veined white quarts. I just ordered my sink and faucet, and I get to pick out my slab this month!! We’ve lived here 17 years- finally!!😀😀
  • Mil29420618
    on Oct 24, 2017

    I hope you can see it well enough here. I just took it.
  • Donette
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Good to know- we want the bullnose edge. 😊
  • Donette
    on Nov 1, 2017

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Thank you for the picture!😊
  • Kathryn Peltier
    on Nov 1, 2017

    I am a kitchen designer. I would say my clients are, right now, using quartz more than granite, but that is partly because white/gray countertops are so popular and this can really only be had in quartz (there is a real stone called, confusingly enough, Quartzite, but it is more gray than white and very expensive). Quartz is pretty indestructible, but depending upon the color/pattern you are looking for, granite can be less expensive. If you are looking at a patterned quartz, you will want to see a large piece because some mfrs have patterns that repeat too often and look fake. It is recommended for most granite that it be sealed, but I have a dark green granite that I have never sealed and it never water spots, etc. It depends upon the density of the stone. Sealing it is really not that big a deal anyway. To the largest extent, it is a personal choice, based in no small part upon the color and finish you want.

  • Jan Loehr
    on Nov 1, 2017

    We had square ceramic tiles replaced with quartz many years ago and never looked back....the quartz looks as good today as it did the day they installed it ...never needs sealing and easy clean up with a variety of mild cleansers...I would do this same product again in a heartbeat!
  • Caseyem11
    on Nov 1, 2017

    Enjoy your new kitchen. It sounds lovely.
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