Both granite and quartz are durable and aesthetically pleasing options for kitchen countertop materials. Both are similar in appearance and attributes, so how do you decide which material to select when you’re getting new kitchen countertops? There are some key differences that differentiate the two.

As far as composition goes, granite is natural and quartz is engineered. Granite is cut from a stone and then turned into a slab, at which point it can be polished and installed. Quartz, on the other hand, is crushed, ground, and then mixed with resin to become a countertop material. Granite countertops are made from 100% stone, but quartz countertops are a little bit above 90% quartz and 10% additives.

Although both granite and quartz look somewhat similar, the way the materials are obtained gives granite a more natural look while quartz is more readily customized. Because it’s cut from a solid stone, granite is very unique and each cut of granite will be at least a little bit different when it’s turned into a slab because of the stone’s natural patterns and variations. Quartz, on the other hand, can be crafted to have a more uniform look and can also be more easily color matched due to its engineered nature.

When it comes to cost, don’t worry – both granite and quartz are fairly comparable in price. The differences in price typically come from the countertop material’s design and installation, and in that regard, there’s not a significant gap between granite and quartz.

Because they’re made of hard stone, granite and quartz are very durable. Granite, though, has to be sealed and then later resealed. Quartz doesn’t require the same level of maintenance. Although quartz is slightly easier to keep clean, both of them will last for decades. With proper care, either one is an excellent choice for a kitchen.