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Quartz vs. Granite: Which one is better?

If you are planning a renovation in 2020 you may be divided between the two most popular surface options – Granite and Quartz. To assist you in deciding which surface is best for your lifestyle we have five categories that will help you narrow down your decision.

The Basics


Quartz countertops are manufactured using 95% natural Quartz and 5% polymer resins. This surface has become the preferred surfacing material for kitchens and bathrooms for its durability and aesthetic.

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This surface is known for being extremely durable and versatile. Granite is mined from quarries all around the world and is 100 percent natural.

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Quartz is an extremely durable material because it isn’t porous like granite. This characteristic allows you to keep your countertops nearly bacteria free. This material is heat resistance but not heat intolerant so use trivets at all times to avoid damaging your countertops.


Granite is resistant to many kitchen elements such as heat. This is a porous surface though and can be stained if spilled liquids are left unattended for a long period of time. But with proper maintenance and routine resealing this material can last for many years.


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In terms of maintenance, you will want to clean any product spills and residue on Quartz countertops with soap and water. Quartz countertops do not need to be resealed.


Granite countertops should be wiped down after daily use with soap and water. Certain oils and acids can stain so it is important to do your research to ensure longevity.



Quartz countertops have gained popularity largely because of its appearance. Quartz has the look of natural stone but allows homeowners to customize the design. With Quartz the selection process can be quicker and easier than Granite. IDC Countertops offers a refined selection of Quartz counters, patterns, and colors to satisfy an array of tastes and budgets. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you are searching for Quartz fabricators in Minneapolis.

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Each slab of Granite is unique in its appearance. Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it is formed. Granite offers an almost limitless selection of subtle or standout options to complement your kitchen. We carry a large selection of classic Granite colors as well as more exotic materials. If you’re searching for Granite countertops come visit one of our design showrooms in the Minneapolis/Twin Cities or Rapid City areas.

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Data shows the price of installing Quartz countertops can range from $1,500-$5,500 depending on the style.


According to research homeowners spend $2,000 to $4,500 on installation and materials to install a Granite countertops.

As you can see there are pros and cons to both. Quartz is easier to maintain, longer-lasting and easy to customize. But the uniqueness of Granite remains appealing to many. Consider your budget and specific needs before making a decision but you really can’t go wrong with either one!