If you’re beginning to renovate your bathroom, there are a lot of decisions you have to face. One important aspect is the countertop—it’s something you’ll see and use each day, so you want to be satisfied with how it turns out. When you’re choosing your bathroom countertops, two of the main contenders are quartz and granite (sometimes called natural stone). Not sure which is for you? We’ll explain everything. Brush up on the difference between quartz vs. granite bathroom countertops before you make the final call.
Quartz vs. Granite Bathroom Countertops
Neither quartz nor granite beats out the other. Some people favor one; some, the other—it’s all personal preference. That said, there are key differences between the two that will affect your decision. Let’s look at the benefits of each . . .
- Quartz is low-maintenance. The material is non-porous, meaning it will never require you any sealing.
- This material is manufactured, which offers a couple of benefits: quartz countertops can be made to fit any size specifications, and can be manufactured in any color. You get to choose exactly what you want. This also means you know precisely what you’re getting before you install.
- Quartz is extremely durable and will chip rarely, if ever.
- This natural stone lives up to its name—it is 100% from the earth, making it popular amongst many homeowners.
- Because the stone is natural, your granite countertops will be unique to you.
- Between quartz and granite, granite is the cheaper option.
Neither material is perfect, however. You’ll want to keep the drawbacks in mind, too.
- Again, quartz is manufactured material. Some homeowners dislike that it is not a natural stone.
- Quartz can be quite expensive, usually costing between $65 and $95 per square foot for installation.
- Quartz countertops tend to discolor over time when exposed to sunlight. This is something to consider if you have skylights or windows in your bathroom.
- Granite is unique. While some people consider that a pro, others consider it a con. You will get a one-of-a-kind stone, but that also means you don’t know exactly what you’re getting. Slabs may also have small imperfections.
- Though granite is cheaper than quartz, it is by no means inexpensive. The natural stone costs around $60 per square foot to install.
- Granite requires sealing: once upon installation, and then regularly afterwards (“regularly” could be once every year, three years, or five years depending on the quality of sealant and on how much wear and tear your countertops face).
- Granite is durable, but it may chip under significant pressure.
So, what’s the verdict? Will you choose natural, unique granite for your countertops? Or is the low-maintenance and uniform quartz better for your bathroom? Both look beautiful, so the final call is yours to make.
Looking to update your home’s bathroom countertops? If you live in southwest Missouri, consider calling the Bailey Company for help. We’ve provided high-quality, trustworthy work to the area for over four decades—and we love remodeling. Feel free to contact us with this or any building or maintenance project, and we’ll work with you to achieve your results. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.