When choosing kitchen counter-top or a vanity top, many buyers prefer to look at the stone, which offers almost endless options, unique colors and patterns. Granite is a natural stone and is the most popular material used as a counter-top on the market. Quartz is a manufactured top that replicates the look of stone and is growing in popularity.
Appearance: As with any material, the visual differences between granite and quartz are a matter of taste. Some people prefer the natural and unique look of granite but others like the following patterns and colors offered by quartz.
Durability: Granite is the most durable natural counter-top material available and is known for resisting cracks and stain. As a man-made stone, quartz rates slightly higher on the hardness scale and is slightly more resistant to damage and the stain.
Maintenance/Repairs: With proper bi-annual or annual re-sealing, granite has high stain resistant. Minor scratches or dings in granite can be fixable. Quartz is a nonporous material, which allows it to repel coffee, wine, oil, and even food coloring without sealing. Also, the granite is not really durable with the ascitic cleaners, lemon juice or vinegar.
Installation: Both needs to be installed by a professional. They are extremely heavy and difficult to handle. Also, cutting holes for the sink is no easy task. Regular home improvement contractor won't be able to install the granite correctly.