Design: Quartz or Granite

Quartz or Granite

Quartz or Granite

Ask A Designer - Quartz or Granite

Welcome to the new design section of our blog!  Here, we will be having designers from all over sharing their opinions on everything from colors, room layouts, cabinets, countertops and more.

Our first post comes from designer, Eric Dillman. Eric is sharing his thoughts on one of the most significant statement pieces in your kitchen: the countertops.

One of the most common questions I get as a designer is “What’s best, Granite or Quartz”. Honestly, the answer will come down to your personal preference. When comparing the two, not one of them will raise the value of your home over the other. They are both very durable and are similar in pricing.  However, there are a few slight differences between the two options.


Granite is a natural product that comes from the earth. It is pulled out of the ground and will come out very unique. There are very few that are uniform in color and movement. A lot of people like it because it’s unique and a majority of the time no one will have that same looking slab as you.  Being that it is a rock makes it a porous product. The lighter the stone, the more porous it will be.  There is a little more maintenance with granite as most manufacturers will recommend that you reseal the countertop once a year.


Quartz is a man-made product that is very uniform in color and movement. Majority of the time, all the slabs of a particular stone will all look exactly the same because it is a manufactured product. Quartz is a blend of crushed Quartz and resin, which allows the top to be non-porous. A lot of people with kids love this option because it won’t stain or absorb spills. Quartz has gained a lot of popularity in the past couple of years. That’s because of how far it has come in how it looks now. Most quartz products look identical to marble or other stones.

As you can see, there is not a stand out winner when comparing the two products. Go with what looks best to you and what better suits your creative palette. Either way, both options are great for resale. 

Check out one of Erics’ most recent designs which utilizes a concrete finished Quartz (countertop), and Dekton on the countertop (island). Dekton is a blend of Quartz, glass and porcelain and is one of the most durable counters out there. It’s so durable that they use it on the sides of skyscrapers.

Special thanks to Eric Dillman for taking the time to share his professional opinion with us.  To reach Eric Dillman, you can email him anytime at

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Eric Dillman

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