Granite is a natural stone found in quarries that occur naturally in the Earth. Granite slabs are removed from quarries, taken to a stone fabrication facility, and then cut and polished to perfection. Because granite is a natural stone, it’s slightly porous and therefore needs to be “sealed” regularly. With Granite being a natural stone, it has unique, random patterns and veins that cannot be mimicked. The distinctive veins and patterns on a piece of granite are unique to that specific stone and you’ll never get two granite counters that are exactly the same.
Quartz is a manmade stone (an “engineered stone“) constructed from around 93% quartz (a rock-like mineral) and 7% artificial resins, polymers, pigments, and other small pieces.
Because quartz is an engineered stone, it’s easy for stone fabricators to create various different patterns, colors, and styles of quartz depending on what you’re looking for.
Because of the resin used in its construction, quartz countertops are almost completely non-porous, meaning they don’t let any water, spills, or bacteria inside. This makes them incredibly stain resistant