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Quartz Is the New Granite

Let’s call the evidence somewhat solid that quartz has surpassed granite as a preferred kitchen and bath home construction material for higher-end housing construction.

While the engineered stone costs more compared to the igneous rock, it’s a trend that apartment developers can consider when appealing to luxury apartment prospective residents in their efforts to make apartment living more like that of the single-family home industry.

“About 75 percent of our clients are opting for quartz over granite,” says Bill Millholland of Case, a design-build firm in Bethesda, Md. “More people want a contemporary aesthetic in the kitchen, and the clean look of quartz goes with that. Granite goes better with traditional decor.”

According to reports in The Washington Post, a stone and tile supplier in Rockville, Md., says “quartz can range from $65 to $135 per square foot, including fabrication and installation costs, compared with non-exotic granite at $50 to $60 and marble at $55 to $95 per square foot installed. Quartzite ranges from $90 to $120 per square foot, including installation.”