Cambria Countertops Apple Valley MN

Cambria Countertops vs Granite: What’s Best for YOUR Home?

If you are in the planning stages of a kitchen remodel, you know that one of the biggest decisions you have is what type of countertop to install.  Very little in your kitchen will make so big of an impression or add as much value to your home as an exceptional countertop.

The most popular and highest quality countertops on the market today are Cambria and Granite.  Both offer the look of natural stone and have benefits for your home.  Here at The Cabinet Store + Culina Design we have put our trust in Cambria products and believe you will fall in love with them too, but today we’re going to compare Cambria vs Granite to help you make this important decision for yourself.

What are Cambria and Granite countertops?
Cambria, made locally in MN and across the United States, is composed of 93% pure white quartz (an extremely hard mineral) and just 7% resin and pigment.  Cambria is about twice the strength of Granite.  Granite is made up of anywhere from 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities. This combination provides the wide display of colors you associate with Granite, however it also means that Granite varies widely in hardness, porosity, chemical resistance, and strength.

What type of maintenance do these countertops need?
Cambria countertops are maintenance free.  They need cleaning only with soap and water.  Not only are Cambria’s nonporous and nonabsorbent surfaces stain resistant, but they are certified by the NSF International as food-safe.  Granite is porous and has a more delicate surface that can be susceptible to acidic foods, fruit juices and cleaners that contain vinegar, lemon juice or ammonia.  There is also the potential for bacteria growth on Granite since it is a porous material.  Because of this you need to seal Granite regularly, whereas Cambria countertops never need to be sealed.

What range of colors do both products offer?
Both products provide a similar high-end look for your home and come in a range of light and dark colors, though Cambria colors feature a more consistent tonal pattern.  Cambria currently offers 165+ different color options, all fairly consistent color-wise from one slab to the other.

How does Cambria vs Granite compare cost-wise?
Although Cambria can run a bit more expensive than lower grade Granite, the more desirable premium Granite is consistently more expensive than Cambria, often making Cambria the more affordable choice.

How are they installed?
Cambria USA only allows their product to be measured and installed by individuals that have been certified via their Cambria University. Countertop sections of Cambria are installed with European seams, giving it a seamless look, whereas Granite is only installed with straight seams that are usually highly visible.  Though also beautiful once installed correctly, there is no quality control for installing Granite, meaning the incorrect installation of Granite countertops can potentially lead to expensive problems.

Are Cambria and Granite eco-friendly materials?
Cambria makers take their environmental impact seriously.  Cambria quartz is mined so that 70% of the material removed is used in the finished product, whereas Granite mining results in only about 35% of the material becoming part of the finished product, impacting more of the natural environment.  Cambria is also committed to recycling 100% of the water used in processing.  Overall Cambria has a lower carbon footprint when compared to Granite.

What kind of warranty do Cambria and Granite offer?

We know that Cambria offers a lifetime warranty on their products. And the good news; they are now making the lifetime warranty transferable from one homeowner to the next! Just another reason we love Cambria! Since we don’t sell granite, we do not know the exact warranty that is offered. If you are interested in purchasing granite, I’d check with your local dealer.

We know you’ll love Cambria countertops as much as we do, especially when you visit our incredible Apple Valley, MN showroom and see them for yourself!  The colors are brilliant and the durability cannot be beaten.  Visit The Cabinet Store + Culina Design soon and we’ll be happy to talk about your kitchen countertop replacement and kitchen remodel plans!

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  1. Hi Stephanie,
    We are redoing out kitchen and the next step is the countertops. We really like The Brittanicca Gold countertop, but we were told that you cannot put hot objects on the quartz or if you’re cutting something on a cutting board on top of quartz countertop, it may scratch. I have granite now and I’m always putting hot pots and pans from the stove straight to my countertop now. Is this true?

    Thanks so much,

  2. Hi, I just came across your website and surprised that I never heard of the product Cambria. From your description it is scratch and chip resistant. I am in the process of building a new house and would like to know if Cambria is like the Quartz where if you put a hot pan on it without a trivet it will get discoloration? I need to make a decision on what product to go with. At first I was going with quartz until I found out about having to use a trivet. I want something that is like granite and if Cambria is better than granite maybe I’ll go with it, but I need to get a very honest answer. What is the warranty on Cambria?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

  3. Dear Owner,
    My name is Jenkins Peter . Please I would like to know if your company will be able to provide me with an estimate on some Granite Countertops. Thank you very much and I look forward to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Jenkins Peter

  4. It’s great to know that Cambria is very eco friendly. I would love to get this type of countertop. I’ll look for someone to install it near me.

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  6. I think its interesting how you mentioned that cambria does not require extra maintenance other than soap and water. You raised a good point here, where those looking to get these countertops installed will be happy to have heard of. My wife and I are thinking of remodelling our kitchen as we discussed over lunch last Saturday. We were thinking of installing cambria countertops and that’s why I did some research and stumbled on your amazing article here. I’ll be sure to share this with my wife as well later today! Thanks a lot!

  7. It’s good to know that one of the benefits of investing in Cambria countertops for your home is having a lifetime warranty on them. Cambria is also committed to recycling their products and water used in the processing, so they have a lower carbon footprint than their counterparts. My wife plans on remodeling our kitchen next spring, so I’ll tell her about Cambria countertops later. Thanks.

  8. What’s the name of the Cambria countertop shown in this photo at your website “Cambria countertops vs Granite”?

    It reminds me of the Skara Brae; but I don’t believe that’s what is shown though.


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