There are tons of options when it comes to countertops, and all of them definitely have unique benefits. But the most popular comparison we’ve found often comes between quartz and natural stone selections.
Maybe you already know the difference between quartz and natural stone, or maybe you’re coming in completely green. Either way, we’ll be discussing the differences between these materials to help you figure out which would be best to install in your home.
What Is Quartz?
Natural quartz is often found in the form of large crystals or grains as small as sand. After it’s mined, this natural quartz is mixed with synthetic polymers and resins. These seal the natural pores of quartz and allow for a cleaner cut—they also make a surface that is both stain and scratch resistant. Quartz is so popular for both countertops and backsplashes because it’s durable, antimicrobial, and nonporous.
What Is Natural Stone?
Natural stone comes right from the earth. Every slab that is quarried is completely unique—for example, marble and granite show off their one-of-a-kind colorations and raw patterns that are only possible for quartz to mimic through synthetic processes. If such unique beauty matters to you, you should consider investing in natural stone.
So, which is more durable—natural stone or quartz?
Natural stone is more brittle than quartz simply because it doesn’t have any additives included, and granite and marble are both porous stones. Being porous means that, without sealant, marble and granite would absorb liquid spilled on their surfaces. To take care of your natural stone countertop, you need to know how to seal it to protect it from such damage.
Natural stone could also be affected if acidic substances like wine, vinegar, or certain juices were to be spilled on its surfaces. These liquids should be cleaned up right away to avoid permanent staining.
In terms of quartz and durability, since it includes polymers and resins, it’s automatically a more flexible material. That means it’s less likely to chip or crack. On top of that, it also never needs to be sealed since it’s inherently nonporous. When it comes to maintenance, there’s not much you have to worry about with quartz countertops. Just make sure to always install your quartz countertops indoors—because they have the potential to discolor if they are installed outdoors, in direct sunlight.
The Unique Factor
When it comes to the style of both of these countertops, your preference is subjective. Natural stones have the advantage of being completely unique—you will never find another slab like that one in your home. But quartz countertops have the advantage of consistent and predictable patterns. It all depends on what you like and what fits the vibe of your home.
Making the Comparison
When it comes right down to it, choosing between quartz and other popular materials is no easy task. If you need help getting settled on a decision, don’t hesitate to get in touch with WS Granite Tops.