Granite & Engineered Stone
Granite and engineered stonework—whether it be for countertops, bars, tables, etc.—is a durable, functional and aesthetically appealing upgrade that will add value to your home. If you’re not sure whether granite or engineered stone is best for your project, our experts are happy to make recommendations and tailor each step of your countertop project towards your style, color and material preferences and requirements.
Granite is a popular choice for high-end remodeling projects as it is naturally durable, elegant and is often one-of-a-kind. It’s a natural stone, formed deep into the earth’s crust, typically comprised of a number of natural minerals including quartz, tourmaline, topaz, garnet and titanite, which makes each piece unique in color, shade and characteristics like grains, flecks and veins. In addition, granite is a sturdy material, ideal for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces that can withstand heat, doesn’t show watermarks and is difficult to damage with everyday normal use with proper sealant.
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Engineered stone, also referred to as quartz, is typically comprised of around 95% stone and 5% resin and pigment (for color). This can include recycled materials as well. As it is at least partly man-made, engineered stone can be completely customized to a number of colors, hues and styles—typically a benefit over granite. Additionally, engineered stone offers perfect consistency in design throughout the stone, with no naturally occurring flaws. Both granite and engineered stone are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, but engineered stone is harder and heavier, making it nearly impossible to damage. Additionally quartz is completely non-porous, so it is very resistant to staining.
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Granite vs. Engineered Stone
- Both will enhance the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom and add value to the home.
- Granite is 100% natural.
- Granite slabs are one-of-a-kind, while engineered stone can be manufactured to fit an exact style and color.
- Both are durable, but engineered stone is heavier and harder.
- Granite countertops need to be sealed, while engineered stone is completely non-porous.
- Both are easy to clean and maintain.