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Granite vs. Quartz [How to Choose]

The age old debate: Granite vs. Quartz.

Homeowners often have a very strong opinion about what their preferred countertop material is. The truth is, each material has its own pros and cons--it just depends what you prioritize more in your home.

Today, we’re going to explore the differences between the two!


  • Granite is a hard stone that is 100% natural

  • Because it’s mined from quarries around the world, their patterns are unique and your countertops will be unlike any other

  • Granite costs tend to be cheaper than quartz, depending on the pattern you choose

  • Granite countertops should be cleaned daily with soap and water

  • Granite can also be stained by oils and acids (it is more porous as it is natural stone), so it may be necessary to reseal granite countertops once a year

  • Granite is durable and resistant to heat and other kitchen elements

  • Granite can be used outdoors and due to its natural mineral composition, it will not weather or fade in the sun

  • Natural granite countertops produce fewer carbon emissions during production than Quartz does

  • May show seams more readily and can have some naturally occurring imperfections


  • Quartz is only 95% natural quartz with 5% polymer resin

  • Due to its more synthetic material, countertops can be personalized according to your preferences

  • Quartz tends to be the more expensive option of the two

  • Quartz has a solid surface, so there is no need to have the countertops resealed.

  • Quartz is harder than granite, therefore more durable than granite. It is near indestructible and keeps your countertops relatively bacteria-free due to its non-porous nature

And that's it! A roundup of granite vs. quartz. Let us know what you think? Are you leaning towards quartz or granite?

Make sure to check out our selection of granite and quartz at Wholewood!

Sources: HGTV, Sebring Design Build, HomeAdvisor

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