When you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, one of the many things to think about is the material that you’ll choose for your countertops. If you’ve narrowed the field down to Cambria quartz or granite, this blog is for you! We’ll explain the similarities and differences between the two materials, which will hopefully help you make the decision when it comes time to make the purchase.

Costs: In most cases, the price tag on Cambria quartz and granite are comparable. Costs are highly dependent on factors like installation, fabrication and measurement.

Strength: Undoubtedly, both Cambria quartz and granite are extremely durable countertop materials. Both are very strong and will last for years to come, so either material is a good investment for your home. If you’re going by sheer material strength, though, Cambria quartz is stronger, as it is comprised of up to 93 percent quartz. Granite countertops average between 40-60 percent quartz, with other softer minerals added.

Upkeep: Here’s where quartz takes a definite lead. Generally speaking, quartz requires no maintenance and is very simple to clean. Granite will need to be sealed every so often, and if you miss a sealing, you could end up with staining and other damage that will be impossible to fix. Cambria quartz never has to be sealed.

Heat and Scratch Resistance: Both of these products provide excellent heat and scratch resistance, provided that the granite has been properly sealed. Of course, care should still be taken because neither material is completely heat or scratch resistant. But when it comes down to it, both Cambria quartz and granite are hands above other materials in this area.

Porosity: A benefit of Cambria quartz is that it has no pores, and is safe to use as long as it’s cleaned regularly with a mild soap and warm water. Granite, on the other hand, is a porous stone. If not properly sealed, it can absorb food and liquids, and bacteria can grow within the countertop itself, which can lead to contamination.

When it comes right down to it, Cambria quartz and granite are comparable, durable countertop materials that will add beauty and value to your kitchen for years to come. Just keep in mind that granite requires more upkeep than Cambria quartz, so if you’re not comfortable with the commitment, choose the Cambria.

If you’re ready to begin that kitchen remodel and need expert advice on the best type of countertop to choose, trust Fahy Kitchens & Baths to assist you. Please feel free to contact us at (315) 735-8181 or fax to (315) 735-2829. Fahy Kitchens & Baths is located at 1908 Oriskany Street West in Utica, N.Y. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated.