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Granite Countertops vs Quartz Countertops for your Kitchen Renovation Edmonton


Countertops are one of the first things that give the kitchen a unique look and style. You can find millions of ideas and designs on the web or on the market but keeping up with the on-going trends and suitability for the entire home is what the game is all about. Nowadays there are many trendy countertops but few components spark discussion amongst interior designers and confuse homeowners like the topic of Granite vs Quartz does. 


Kay2 Contracting is well-known for helping its client pick suitable products and finishes for their kitchen renovations including countertops. We have a professional and experienced team to provide our clients with a free consultation that can help them decide what they want or what is the best fit for their kitchen. Booking your free consultation session is just a call away. The expertise of our interior designers can help you with making the right decisions. 


To help break down the differences of Granite and Quartz, we have gathered some pros and cons of both elements. Read on to have a better idea about these products; But first let’s start with the basics. What exactly is granite and quartz?


Granite and Quartz

Granite is a natural hard stone which is mined from quarries all around the globe, chopped down to the required size, and afterward cleaned to a fine completion. Quartz however, is a little different. It is also a mostly-natural material but is made using about 95% natural ground quartz mixed with about 5% polymer resins. The new engineered slab is then created through a man-made manufacturing process


Granite Pros 

  • Granite is mined as single large slabs and none of the sheets are identical. No one in the word will have the same countertop as you! 
  • Granite has several variations. They have an array of colors and patterns that you can choose from and hand pick. Each one is beautiful in their own way. 
  • It is a weatherproof and durable material. It can withstand exposure to the sun and wind thus it can be used outdoors as well.  
  • The pricing of the granite may vary considerably and therefore can fall into almost any budget range.


Granite Cons

  • Granite, naturally, is permeable. In the event that your granite countertops aren’t appropriately fixed or are left unsealed, it could absorb oil, wine, and juice which can make a stain that cannot be removed.
  • Granite countertops are tough, strong and are a long-lasting product, however they can break or chip if items such as a heavy frying pan is dropped on it.
  • Mining granite takes a lot of energy and is less environmentally friendly.


Quartz Pros

  • Quartz countertops are man-made and therefore can be universally consistent in pattern and color.
  • They have a wide range of colors and patterns which are virtually endless.
  • They are engineered and so are more environmentally friendly.
  • They give the look of natural material whereas they are only 95% natural.


Quartz Cons

  • Quartz is less natural compared to granite. 
  • They cost more as they are engineered materials. 
  • Choosing the right shade of Quartz is tricky.
  • It is not unique and many people may have the exact same countertop.



For more information or details, contact Kay2 Contracting today to discuss your home improvement ideas. Whether you live in Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Red Deer, Edmonton or surrounding areas, our experienced team of home renovation specialists at Kay2 Contracting can help you design your dream kitchen renovation.   Call us today and start your home remodeling journey!


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