First of all, there are different levels (quality) of granite. Quartz is not the same. Quartz is quartz (quality). When you see cardboard signs on the side of the road showing granite from $27, I wouldn't put my money on what they're offering. You can get crap granite. If you're talking apples to apples, quartz is usually cheaper OR at least as cheap as the basic granites; ubatuba, st. cecelia, etc.
So, our position on counter tops is that the designer or contractor should steer the customer in a direction that's in line with what works best. Quartz may not be best to an older couple that rarely cooks. Granite may not be the best choice for a super active family of 6 where maintenance can be an issue. Also, certain areas (location) will dictate what level home should have for materials.
One of the designs we like to promote is using granite for an island and quartz for work areas. This helps show off the granite and keeps low maintenance for the work areas. Don't be afraid to do something a bit outside the box. :thumbsup:
We see more granite in the South Fl area. There are many shops that have excellent reputations with great prices.As to the original question, there is more granite sold than quartz because:
1. Granite has been around much longer.
2. There are a bunch of cheap granites out there, often just junk.
3. Several decent colors in granite are relatively cheap and can be found in A or B type grades.
4. Most brands of quartz don't have very good colors. The exception to this is Cambria, which is outstanding.