When choosing kitchen counter tops, many homeowners like the look of stone, which offers an almost limitless range of patterns and colours. Granite, one of the most popular countertop materials on the market, is a natural stone. Then there’s quartz, an engineered product that mimics the look of stone, which is also very popular.

kitchen counter topsHere, we’ll give you a few facts to help you decide which of these stunning materials is best for your needs.

  • Durability: Granite is frequently cited as being the most durable natural material for kitchen counter tops, and is well-known for its ability to resist chips and cracks. As a synthetic material, quartz rates slightly higher on the durability scale, and it has more resistance to damage.


  • Looks: As with any material, the aesthetic difference between quartz and granite comes down to a matter of personal taste. Some people prefer the wider variety of colours and patterns offered by quartz, while others like the unique and natural look of granite.


  • Repairs/Maintenance: With annual re-sealing, granite is very stain-resistant. Minor dings or scratches can be repaired with resin or colour-matching epoxy from your home improvement store. But any cracks bigger in size than an ice cube should be repaired by a professional. Quartz kitchen counter tops are non-porous, so they can repel oil, coffee and even food-colouring without having to be sealed. Damaged quartz, however, is more difficult to repair.


At Northern Granite Works in Barrie, ON, we have nearly 30 years of experience. The words “average” and “mediocrity” have no place in our business. We are, and always have been, committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations – in every way. Contact us today for more information.