When it comes to countertops and your home, heavy consideration usually pops up around what type of countertop you want to be a part of your kitchen (and inevitably your everyday life).


If you want natural or engineered stone, the great debate typically circles around granite vs. quartz countertops, and which one is worth the investment for your home.


Granite’s been around the block for a while, but that doesn’t mean quartz isn’t catching up in popularity and durability.


What Is Quartz?

First, we need to understand what makes quartz different than other countertops like granite and marble.

In short, quartz is an engineered stone—unlike granite which is a natural stone.  

Geologist, Trevor Nace, explains quartz:

“…you will find that quartz countertops are actually man made and although they consist of 90% quartz, the rest of the countertop is composed of resins, polymers, and various types of pigments. This creates a very durable artificial rock without pores or cracks. The pigment is used to provide coloration that is naturally found in quartz arenite.”

– Trevor Nace, Geologist



Quartz Pros


Because quartz is man-made, you’ll find that the appearance of the countertop is consistent.

There are many pattern and color options to help you customize your design (especially if you know exactly what you’re looking for).

The wide range of colors, contemporary look, and luxury finish are what attracts many to choose quartz as a countertop.



Quartz is not only pretty but also pretty tough, too, which makes for a low-maintenance countertop choice.

Unlike granite, it doesn’t need to be sealed—thanks to its non-porous nature.

It can resist most stains, heat, and even mildew, mold, and bacteria.

As long as you clean with a soft cloth (microfiber works) and mild dish soap, wipe as needed throughout the day and clean spills quickly—your quartz should feel very well taken care of.



If your lifestyle demands an indestructible countertop (hello, kids and tools, and a full daily life), or you just don’t want to replace countertops very often…welcome to life with quartz.

Not only is it waterproof, but it’s also resistant to stains, chips, and scratches.

As tough as quartz is though, this engineered stone isn’t the top choice for outdoor countertops due to the havoc the sun and heat can wreak.



Quartz Cons


Like we mentioned heat can really ravage this countertop.

Although it can resist some heat, it’s best to use trivets and hot pads to help with long-term care and sustainability

Quartz is definitely recommended for indoor use only. In direct sunlight (and even with a wildly sunny window) discoloration can occur and your luxurious-looking countertop can fade like the sunset.



You won’t find laminate prices here, folks!

Not including installation, it can run from $65-$85 per square foot.

Keep in mind prices can vary due to where the material is sourced, how it’s shipped, and tariffs.

These prices can be competitive with any luxury countertop like marble and granite.

Quartz is a premium, high-quality, long-lasting countertop that’s well worth the investment if you choose.


If you’re looking for a contemporary, high-end, low-maintenance countertop that’ll last the test of time (unless it takes in too much heat!) then welcome to the world of quartz!


Have any questions?

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Sol Granite

4804 Dillon Drive (Behind Texas Roadhouse)

Pueblo, CO 81008