Avanza is a mixture of quartz and polymers, which are mainly used in the plastic industry, that is heated to improve its durability. Granite, like quartz, is one of the hardest substances on earth. Granite is a rock with 10 to 50 percent quartz in it; the more quartz, the stronger the granite. While the two are similar in many ways, there are some differences that may sway your decision when considering which to use as a countertop or flooring.

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Granite and Avanza are two durable materials used to make countertops and flooring.

Price

Price is probably the main factor when deciding on Avanza or granite. Basic Avanza countertops start at $56 per square foot, while solid granite, depending on the quality, usually costs between $60 to $120 per square foot. An alternative to solid granite are granite tiles, which generally cost 50 to 70 percent less. Another consideration when choosing granite is the value it will add to your home if you plan to sell.

Durability

Because both Avanza and granite are extremely hard materials, they will basically last forever. Granite, despite being hard, is prone to chipping if something sharp, like a meat cleaver, is dropped on it. Avanza, because of the polymers, does not have the same problem. Although it is prone to chipping, granite will not scratch if used as a cutting surface or discolor if hot pans are placed on it. With Avanza, it is recommended to use cutting boards, and trivets when placing hot items on the surface. Avanza comes with a 10-year guarantee, whereas warranties with granite countertops vary, depending on the company making them.

Maintenance

Granite is a natural, porous rock, which makes certain types more prone to stains if it is not treated properly. Generally, darker granites are more dense and less prone to staining. Depending on the granite, and its properties, sealing is recommended every year to three years for lighter granites and every three to five for darker. Sealing doesn't make the granite impenetrable, it simply allows more time to clean a spill before it becomes a stain; staining is still possible. Sealing is fairly simple; you just have to remember to do it. Avanza, on the other hand, is non-porous and therefore will not stain. Avanza does not need to be polished to retain its luster, but granite does.

Patterns, Colors and Finishes

Stone countertops add richness and style to any kitchen. Because granite is completely natural, its patterns are random, which adds a uniqueness to the countertop. This also poses a problem when trying to match different pieces of granite used on the same countertop or in the same area or if you must replace a section of countertop. Avanza, on the other hand, is man-made and uniform in its pattern, making replacement and matching much easier. Avanza is available in 30 different colors, while granite is available in more than 3,000. Avanza has a polished finish, while granite is available in polished, honed, flamed or brushed finishes.