Comment by The AQK Team on June 4, 2017
Silestone Quartz vs Granite Countertops – What You Need to Know
Choosing a countertop is a tough decision to make. It’s probably going to be around for a long time, it makes a big statement, and it’s an investment. If you choose right, it will be a showstopper in your kitchen and add to the value of your home if you ever want to sell.
Lots of our customers throughout MA and Southern New England have a tough time choosing between two very popular materials: granite and silestone quartz.
These are both great materials for stone countertops and you’ll probably be very happy with whatever you choose. But if you’re trying to make the big decision, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know when choosing between silestone quartz and granite.
Meet the competitors
Let’s start with a little introduction, shall we?
Granite is a natural material for stone countertops. That means we take it out of the earth and cut it, and that’s it. It’s not mixed with any other substance. It’s basically just a big rock. Because it’s natural, people consider it very beautiful.
It’s also scratch resistant, heat resistant, and needs to be sealed.
Silestone is a type of quartz. That means it’s not “natural” like granite. To make a quartz countertop, natural quartz is mixed with a small amount of dyes, glass, and binding agent.
However, it can still be very attractive, and is non-porous and tough.
Understandably, appearance is very important to people when choosing a new stone countertop. It takes up a lot of real estate in your kitchen, and you want it to look great!
Luckily, you can’t really go wrong here. Both granite and silestone quartz are gorgeous options. Both are available in different colors and styles, and will look great in any kitchen.
One thing to remember: silestone quartz is not “natural” so it may not have the same authentic appearance as granite. The only way to decide if that matters to you is to come into our showroom and check out your options!
Having a tough countertop is very important! Your kitchen counter is where you eat, cook, and where your kids do homework. Science projects, wine spills, and stray steak knives are all hazardous to your countertop.
So which material is tougher?
That would have to go to Silestone Quartz. Quartz is one of the toughest materials out there. It would basically take He-Man himself to crack quartz. It’s strong, heat- and crack-resistant, and should last a long long time.
But granite comes in at a very close second. As a natural material, granite has more of a tendency for fissures than Silestone. But it’s still pretty resistant to heat and scratches.
But honestly, both are very, very tough and this is nitpicking.
In order to give your stone countertop a long, full life, maintenance is important. Cleaning and sealing countertops can help their longevity and beauty.
Once again, the Silestone quartz wins here. As a synthetic material, quartz is nonporous. It doesn’t soak up bacteria or stains, so a good wipe down with some kitchen cleaner will do the trick. And you don’t have to seal it!
Granite needs to be gently cleaned with soap and water after each use to preserve its natural beauty, and it does need to be sealed. You should seal your countertop after it’s installed and every couple of years after that. This is obviously a bit more work than quartz needs, but some people think it’s worth it!
When making an investment in something like your kitchen counter, price matters!
These two materials are fairly close in price, with Silestone quartz ranging from $100 to $200 per square foot and granite ranging between $100 to $250. Granite will probably end up being more expensive, but there’s always sales and clearance options to consider.
The verdict is….
You’re the jury, you tell us who won!
We can’t tell you which countertop is objectively better, because it completely depends on your family’s needs and your kitchen’s design. But hopefully we’ve answered some questions you may have had and made your choice a bit easier.
Want to see these two contenders in person? Give us a call and stop by, and you can see which one you like better!