Countertops - Quartz, Granite & More

Photo of new quartz counters and white cabinets with frosted glass doors

Countertops can be one of the hardest decisions when completing a kitchen or bathroom remodel.  In addition to your cabinet choices, your choice of countertop greatly contributes to the overall finished look of your kitchen. Not only are there countless choices in color and style, but the material choices themselves can be overwhelming.  Granite, quartz, laminate, solid surface, butcher block, the list can seem never ending.

New Leaf offers quartz, granite, and recycled glass countertops in many different styles and colors.

Quartz and granite countertops are by far the most popular choices in most kitchen and bathroom remodels and for good reason. Both options are gorgeous, come in countless colors and are extremely durable, but there are some key differences.

Quartz

  • Consistent color and flow throughout slab
  • Sample pieces match slab
  • No maintenance required
  • Extremely durable and scratch resistant
  • 93% percent crushed quartz stone, 7% resin
  • Stain resistant
  • Can discolor in time when in direct sunlight
  • Not as heat resistant as natural stone

Granite

  • Natural movement, color, and flow throw out slab
  • Will not discolor due to sunlight
  • Extremely durable and scratch resistant
  • 100% natural stone
  • Heat resistant 
  • Stain resistant when sealed regularly
  • Sample pieces do not always match slab
  • Yearly sealing recommended

As you can see by the table above, the biggest difference between granite and quartz is the uniform color and pattern consistency and maintenance free aspects of quartz that really separate the two. Because granite is an all-natural stone, there is no way to control the pattern as with engineered quartz. Depending upon the look you desire for your new countertops, this can be a positive or a negative.  If you are looking for a countertop with bold, natural streaks, or lots of color variation than granite countertops are for you.  If you prefer a more sleek and uniform look, then quartz countertops are your best choice.

There is no easy way to compare the cost of granite and quartz as both products fluctuate widely based on the style you choose, but they are generally in the same ball park regarding price, so it really boils down to personal choice. While there are advantages and disadvantages of both quartz and granite, costs are extremely comparable, therefore you should choose whatever product fits your style, color palette, and budget the best.

We offer several high quality brands of Quartz Counter tops and have access to the largest granite slab yards in the Pacific Northwest.  All of our countertop fabrication is done in house at our eco friendly Tacoma or Auburn facilities eliminating the need to hire outside subcontractors or pay excess markups on labor and material.

See the gallery of countertop colors below:

Countertop Material Choices FAQ
Here is a great link from consumer reports that shows the testing results of 14 different countertop materials ranging from Quartz to butcher block.  All of New Leafs countertop materials were listed in the top 3.  We install Granite, Quartz, and Recycled Glass,  All of the materials such as solid surfacing ranked below the materials we recommend. See the report.

Case Studies and Home Remodel Projects: