November 18, 2021

Granite VS. Quartz

Categories: Blog, designstudio, granite, homebuilders, homebuyers, homesinidaho, newhomesidaho, quartz, tresidiohomes

It can be tricky when deciphering which stone is a better choice for your counter tops. Have you ever walked into a new home and wondered whether the counter tops were quartz or granite? They can be so similar in appearance! So what makes them so different? Is one really better than the other or is it a matter of aesthetics?

Let’s begin with the basics…

What is Granite?

A hard stone that is 100% natural from quarries all around the world.

What is Quartz?

Manufactured with only 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins.

The Differences Between Granite and Quartz

1: Appearance


  • No two granite counter tops are the same
  • Comes in many different colors & patterns
  • Subtle to standout slab variances
  • Harder to find the right matches


  • Look of stone
  • Customizable designs
  • Easier to find the right matches

2: Price


  • Average cost for installation is between $2,000 and $4,500
  • Save money by purchasing from a wholesaler
  • Fabrication and installation should be professionally done


  • Average cost of installation is between $3,000 and $7,500
  • Save money by doing the preliminary work
  • Heavier than other stone surfaces, use a professional installer

3: Maintenance


  • Clean daily with soap and water or mild household cleaner
  • To avoid stains do not use oil or acids (research what works best)
  • Reseal countertops once a year


  • Clean daily with soap and water or household cleaners (research what works best)

4: Durability


  • Not as Durable: damage can occur from a high impact blow
  • Porous: bacteria prone, susceptible to stains
  • Heat resistant


  • Durable
  • Non-porous: bacteria-free
  • Can be damaged by excessive heat – always use heat pads!

5: Sustainability


  • The process of quarrying granite uses a lot of energy
  • If granite is quarried from other countries, it requires more energy to transport


  • Quartz is engineered, so it can be manufactured closer to home, reducing the amount of energy used for transportation

Both Granite and Quartz can spruce up any homes counter top appearance, however, they both presents some very different qualities. You be the judge of what counter top will work best for your needs.

Choose Your Counter Tops in the Tresidio Homes Design Studio
We know that when it comes to any finish selection, seeing is believing. That’s why, in our 1,400-square-foot Design Studio, we offer hundreds of design selections to choose from, including dozens of granite and quartz counter top options. There’s no need to drive around to multiple showrooms. We’ve assembled the highest quality, most on-trend finishes in one easy-to-navigate space. And with the help of our experienced Design Studio Consultant, you’re sure to find the perfect counter top to complete your new Tresidio home.