Granite is one of the most desired of all the stone surfaces. Very durable and every piece is unique. Once sealed properly, it is easy to maintain. Keep in mind Granite should be sealed at least once a year. Granite is a porous stone so it can stain, even when sealed properly but usually will be fine if spills are cleaned up quickly. Granite is a great choice for an active kitchen and will last for many, many years to enjoy.
-Very durable, can withstand everyday use -Can withstand heat from pots and pans -One of a kind as no two slabs are the same -Lasts forever -Never depreciates and adds value to your home -Easy to clean with soap and water
-Very heavy, some cabinets need extra support -Can stain -Needs to be sealed every 6-12 months -As strong as granite is, it may crack if a heavy object is dropped on it -Once installed, it is very difficult to remove
Quartz, also called engineered stone, is relatively new and is a very strong material. Being man made, colors are very uniformed and very rich. A bit more forgiving, Quartz is very hard to chip or crack like other stone surfaces. Quartz is not porous so it resists staining very well and will not harbor bacteria.
-Non porous, resists staining and bacteria -Hard to chip or crack -Uniformed look -No maintenece
-Not scratch proof -Can not put hot pans on Quartz -Doesn't look as natural -Cost
Quartzite is a beautiful natural stone, not to be confused with Quartz, which is man made.