When selecting a countertop, the two most common options are granite and quartzite. Below you will find breakdown of each materials pros and cons.
Granite is pure stone that is cut into “slabs” and then polished. Due to the natural element of granite, each granite countertop is unique and gives you a variety of different options to choose from; even if looking at the same style of stone. Due to its purity, granite is usually more expensive to install, open to potentially cracking, and will need on-going sealing to maintain the presence of the countertop.
Quartzite is an engineered stone product. While there are countertops that may have a level of natural quartzite, all quartzite countertops are made consisting of some proprietary blend. Due to these countertops being engineered, there are many different styles available, but very little variation within the product line. Quartzite is can be found at lower price points than granite for this reason. There is also very little maintenance that needs be done with quartzite countertops.
In the end, there are pros and cons to each. You, the homeowner, will need to make a selection based on you and your family plan on using the space. It’s also very important to find a style that you fall in love with!