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Granite vs. Quartz Countertops

Well, I told you from the beginning I am an awful writer and even more awful at staying on top of writing these blog posts. So, I have decided to create a calendar with due dates for myself for when these fun little messages will come out to you. Lets see if that helps :)

Since opening our home store June of 2021 I have learned so much about cabinets, kitchen layouts, #countertops and the differences in all of the countertops offered. So many of us don't know the difference of #granite and #quartz and even formica tops, so here you go. A quick study guide on the differences and a little price comparison.

Check out the column I made below for quick guide on pricing, pros and cons. While there are a lot of other options such as stainless steel, marble, corian, concrete and more these are our top four best sellers that I wanted to touch base on. If you have questions about other sources of materials and countertops please email us

While quartz has become my favorite type of countertop, I can't wait to put a butcher block top in my house one day. My goal is to have it in my walk in pantry. Hey, every girls can dream, right?

If you are looking to replace your counter top or get tops for a new construction project, be sure to stop in and check out our massive selection. We have so many options and you're welcome to go to our suppliers show rooms and see your slab in person. We work directly with Stone Dynamics in Martinsville, VA and Johnson Granite located in Roanoke and Mt. Airy, VA.

Type of Tops:



Price Point:

Made of:


Very practical for families. Granite absorbs heat and stands up to scratches.

Must be resealed annually to protect the stone from stains and damages.

Can cost anywhere between $70-$300 a square-foot.

Granite is a 100% natural stone. It is made of quartz, feldspar and mica. Slabs are mined and cut to size.


Also, very practical for families as quartz is stain resistant. Quartz is very durable and can stand up to everyday use.

Quartz is less heat-resistant than granite and hot pots and pans need to be placed on a heating pad.

The cost of quartz is very similar to granite. Between $75-$300 a square-foot.

Quartz is 94% natural stone. Its aggregates are crushed and mixed with pigments and resin, then cut to size and polished. Also known as an engineered stone.

Formica aka Laminate

It is available in a lot of colors and styles and is very easy to wipe clean.

Because it is made of plastic, it is not friendly to the environment. Nor, is it long lasting. It requires heat protection and will scratch easily.

Laminate is super affordable when purchased off the shelf at a big box store. Cost starts around $15 and goes up to $40 per square-foot.

Laminate countertops are manufactured with layers of plastic.

Butcher Block

It adds warmth to any kitchen or space and can be stained many colors.

Butcher block requires a lot of maintenance including sealing to protect it from moisture and stains. It is also not family friendly or practical for food prep.

Per square-foot, butcher block is about 1/2 the price of granite and/or quartz. Cost is around $30-$200 per square-foot.

Butcher block is beautiful when installed properly and made from solid woods.

Thanks for checking out my most recent blog post and maybe learning a little bit along the way. My goal is to always be open and transparent with you all. If you know me, you know that's me. I love helping our customers create their dream kitchen while keeping it cost effective and I hope to work with more of you soon. Please come check out our showroom, even just to say hi and send all of your friends and family in if they're in the market for a new kitchen or countertops.


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