Granite vs. Quartz

It’s the new Stone Age

Here at Tama as well as throughout the industry, we have seen a major shift in countertops.

Ten years ago, 90% of counters were made with laminates, by companies like Formica, Arborite, and Wilsonart.

Progressively, we have seen a major shift toward stone. The most common forms of stone are Granite and Quartz.

The main factors for this shift are due to the natural beauty and durability of stone.


Granite is a 100% natural stone mined from quarries all over the world. The slabs are cut to size and honed down until smooth.

Contrary to popular belief, granite needs minimal care. After the initial install, the stone is sealed. Depending on the type of granite, sealing can be a one-time event or once a year as needed. This is as simple as wiping on a sealing solution with a cloth.

What makes granite unique is the natural beauty formed by fissures and mineral deposits, as well as veins of color running throughout. Each slab has its own character.


Quartz is made by combining natural quartz aggregates with color pigments and polymer resins. These resins bind the particles of stone and color together.

Because of its man-made nature, the organic imperfections of stone are engineered out. This means that the quartz needs no further sealing or maintenance other than regular cleaning.

Quartz is consistent in color and pattern from slab to slab. There is a multitude of color choices and designs available.

Some of the most important factors in having a stone project turn out flawless are not only the design, but creating an accurate template.

Professional installation is the key to giving you a virtually seamless look.