Is Granite is Still the Best for Kitchen Countertops?

With many modern home decor magazines saying that granite is on its way out and quartz is the new best thing, it begs the question as to why. Quartz has been around for years, and so has granite, but why suddenly would quartz be considered the top option for kitchen countertops when it had been relegated to second fiddle for so many years prior?

The answer to that question lies in the many methods that quartz is made to ape the very qualities that put granite at the forefront of the countertop industry for so many years. The texture of natural stone can’t be beat and this has much to do with the natural grainings and designs that are made by Mother Nature herself. Quartz now give the appearance of natural graining, and non-uniform coloration, the very things that drove people to granite in the first place. Quartz also runs about the same price as granite does.

But herein lies the rub. Quartz is an engineered synthetic stone that was built to be low maintenance. Insofar as it does not need to be resealed yearly to prevent staining or seeping into the porous surface, quartz does have one quality that granite does not have. On the same token, you can make the very same claim of plastic laminate, solid surface, or any of the other myriad of man made materials used to create kitchen countertops. So the question then becomes, why would any Sioux Falls resident pay around the same price for a countertop material that mimics granite, when they can get a similar custom countertop material that mimics granite for an even cheaper price?

The one major claim that quartz can make that granite can’t is that it’s lower maintenance because it’s synthetically made. Nonetheless, laminate flooring, now matter how perfect a copy of real hardwood floors it is, will not raise the value of your home. Only real hardwood floors can do that.

Quartz has become because it now provides many homeowners with the option of making it look like natural stone, even when it isn’t. While not every countertop has to be made out of natural stone, quartz doesn’t have any advantage over granite that plastic laminate doesn’t also have. Plastic laminate has another advantage over quartz insofar as being the more cost effective option of the two.

While some fashionistas of the kitchen decor industry are trying to claim that quartz is the new granite, granite has had its place as a perpetual favorite of for kitchen countertops for a reason. Despite the fact that it needs to be sealed, it’s still one of the most durable materials known to man. It’s also one of the most gorgeous, and it has the advantage of being natural stone, which quartz is not.