Consider Granite Countertops to Increase Your Kitchen Value
Granite Vs. Quartz
Granite is a very hard stone. Granite is mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish. Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed (cooling and solidifying of molten materials). Granite can be found on kitchen countertops, bathroom floors, outdoor patios, fireplace mantles—you name it! Granite is 100 percent natural.
Quartz is slightly different in that it’s not 100 percent natural. Instead of being made up of 95% ground natural quartz mixed with 5% polymer resins like granite countertops are manufactured using 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins instead.
Quartz’s popularity is driven by its appearance. Quartz has the look of stone while also giving homeowners the option to personalize it. Granite allows you a lot of options when it comes to looks, but finding the right piece that fits your color scheme may be difficult. The process of selecting quartz is considerably simpler than with granite.
Granite costs between $2,000 and $4,500 to buy and install. Quartz countertops cost on average from $3,000 to $7,500 to install in a kitchen. Although you might be able to save money by doing some of the preliminary work, a skilled professional must ensure that the structure is sound since engineered quartz is heavier than other stone surfaces.