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Trying to decide between granite and quartz countertops? Try to make a good choice between these two heavyweight contenders. Although Quartz is making some inroads, Granite is still the undisputed champion of the countertop world. Granite is quarried out of the earth and then sliced up into the pieces. Now Granite does require a sealer and recommends for most Granite that you seal it once per year. There are some sealer options out there that are warranted for 15 years, obviously, they have some cost associated with them as well. Granite is priced in levels. Some Granite warehouses are going to have it as A, B, C. A or 1 being the lowest cost Granite and they get more expensive as you go up the line. The quality of Granite doesn’t vary based on the price. so when you pay more for a Granite it’s not a higher quality more durable Granite.

Unlike Granite, Quartz is a man-made product. It’s about 90 – 93% Quartz, crushed up and mixed with 7 – 10% resin binders. Quartz is very dense and non-porous. You don’t have to worry about sealing it as you do with Granite. The other advantage of it being man-made is that it’s very uniform. The uniformity also lends itself better to tight seams that are less noticeable. Quartz is just as heavy but a little bit more flexible than Granite. It’s less likely to break on the installation. From a cost perspective, the entry-level for Quartz is just a little higher than Granite. So the lowest level Quartz is a maybe a notch above the lowest level Granite.

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