Are Quartz Countertops More Expensive Than Granite?

Quartz and granite countertops provide shine, durability and aesthetic appeal. Unless you have a preference for one of the materials, choosing one over the other might come down to cost, but that may not be a tie breaker in this case.

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Granite is a popular material for countertops, although quartz is gaining popularity.

Going With Granite

Prices for granite countertops vary wildly depending on the look of the granite, the grade of the stone and the source. Granite is a naturally occurring stone, so the more unique it is in appearance, the more it costs. The size of the surface also affects how much you pay for granite countertops, although some vendors provide discounts to customers who make very large purchases.

Choosing Quartz

While prices for quartz countertops don't vary as much as those for granite, you can expect a quartz surface to cost roughly the same as a decent-quality granite surface of the same size. Most quartz countertops are about 97 percent quartz and 3 percent resin binder. Those with a lower quartz content often cost less, but they also look different and less authentic.

Typical Purchase Costs

You could expect to pay between $50 and $100 per square foot for a granite or quartz countertop in 2014, says the website Countertops Key. Cost varies significantly depending on your location, supplier and quality of material.

Maintenance Costs

The two materials aren't just neck-and-neck when it comes to purchase price. They also have very similar maintenance costs. Most countertop vendors offer special solutions for cleaning both granite and quartz countertops. However, the truth is that both are pretty low maintenance, and a damp sponge cleans the countertops just fine on a regular basis. Some manufacturers recommend sealing granite every year or so, which is an investment; quartz does not need to be sealed.