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June 1, 2018
New Home Know How: Quartz, Granite or Quartzite - Which Countertop is Best?
New Home Know How: Quartz, Granite or Quartzite - Which Countertop is Best?

Quartz, Granite and Quartzite are popular choices for countertops right now, but which one is best?  That really depends on several factors.  They each have pros, cons, and differing price tags.  In order to determine which is best, consider the use for each space and the look and feel you want the space to have.   Let’s start with the basics:  

Granite is a natural stone that is mined from a quarry and offers unique patterns.  This farmhouse kitchen in our Winchester Model in Harpers Mill features an Arabesco granite on perimeter and kitchen island.  


Quartz is a man-made product made from about 90% quartz and 10% mixture of polymers and resins, depending on the manufacturer.   A beautiful quartz was used in our Townsend Grand model in Rountrey featuring a kitchen island with a peninsula for casual dining.  


Quartzite is a natural stone that is mined from the earth much like marble, limestone or soapstone.  Taj Mahal quartzite was used in our Burgess home plan in the New Market section of Rountrey.


Durability - Quartz and quartzite are very durable - more durable than granite on the hardness scale.  

Heat Resistance - Quartzite and granite are both very resistant to heat, much more so than quartz.

In our Lena home plan,  White Pearl Quartzite was used on the kitchen island, while Calcutta Classique quartz was used on the perimeter of the kitchen.  


Moisture Resistance - Quartz wins here.  Because of their porous nature, granite and quartzite cannot handle water puddling for long on their surfaces.  Quartz makes an especially great counter surface in bathrooms.  In our Burgess home plan, quartz was used in the first-floor owner's bath.  

 

 Stain Resistance - Quartz offers a bit more stain resistance than the other two simply because quartzite and granite are porous natural stones and quartz is denser.  

Look and Style - Quartzite is characterized by having a look more closer to marble with veining and softer colors.  Since quartz is manufactured the patterns seem to be more uniform, predictable, or repetitive.  Colors tend to be less busy with simple veining to no veining at all.  Granite can be very ‘busy’ in terms of its patterning, wide array of colors, and variances in veining.  

Cost - Generally, quartzite is the most expensive per square foot, with quartz coming in second and usually the most affordable is granite - excluding exotic granites, which can be more expensive than quartz.  

Consider the size of your project.  Granite slabs are available in the largest sizes, slabs can be over 70 inches wide.  So if you need a countertop for a larger kitchen island and don’t want any seams, granite may be your go-to.  Quartz slabs are typically between 56 and 65 inches.   Granite was used for this larger island in our Mason model in Magnolia Green. 


Which one is best?  Well, it really depends on which one meets your needs.  All three offer beauty and durability.  Each stone, with its unique properties and character, add value to any home.  

For more resources on quartz, quartzite, and granite countertops check out these articles from Houzz:  

Differences Between Countertops

Granite vs. Quartz

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