Quartz and granite are two stone types well known for beauty and durability. While both are low maintenance, they each have their own pro and cons due to the nature of the materials.
Quartz is a man-made product. Being non-porous, quartz does not need to be sealed to keep from staining. This is very favorable to people looking for a low maintenance countertop surface. Quartz is extremely resistant to scratching without requiring any type of protector. Since quartz is a resin based material, it is not heat proof. Extreme heat will damage a quartz countertop. Most quartz manufacturers will say they can withstand temperatures of 150 degrees or more, but with quartz, heat is always something to keep in mind.
Granite countertops are also a very durable, low maintenance option. Although granite is a natural stone, being porous and requiring being sealed, it is still very durable and easy to maintain. It is recommend that you seal your granite counter tops at least once every year. The sealer fills the pores in the granite and drastically slows down the staining process. Sealing your granite counter tops is not difficult to do and should only take a few minutes. Sealer does not change the look, feel or color of your counter tops. Unlike quartz, granite is completely heat proof and there is no issue with placing scorching pots and pans directing on your counter tops.
Both quartz and granite have their advantages. Customer’s who opt for our MORE 20 Year Sealer and Stain Warranty on Granite have a pretty level playing field between the options, but just need to be mindful of hot items on Quartz.