The difference between Quartz worktops & Granite worktops?
A common question customers always ask me is:
“What’s the difference between Granite & Quartz worktops?”
The purpose of this blog is to explain the main differences between the two & help you decide which is best suited to your lifestyle.
Granite is formed in the ground by the fusion of 3 natural minerals: Feldspar, Quartz & Mica. These minerals occur in different proportions & it is this that gives each slab of granite its own colour, texture and unique characteristics.
Advantages of granite
- 100% natural
- Tough & durable
- Markings in the stone are inconsistent & unique
- Many suppliers let you choose the exact slab your worktops will be cut from
- Quality will always be consistent, granite is granite.
Disadvantages of granite
- It’s porous, therefore susceptible to staining
- Granite, particular lighter coloured granites need to be sealed annually to prevent staining
- Not suitable for use in a kosher kitchen due to its porosity
- Not as durable or heat resistant as quartz
- Comes in a limited number of colours
Unlike Granite, which is 100% natural, Quartz is a semi natural man made product. Quartz is made by mixing the natural mineral quartz with various resins, polymers & pigments. The ratio of these ingredients is approximately 90% quartz to 10% resins, polymers & pigments.
Popular Brands of Quartz: Silestone, Caesarstone, Compac, Lunastone, Arenastone, Okite, Diresco
Advantages of quartz
- Far more durable & heat resistant than granite
- Quartz is 100% non porous, so it’s almost impossible to stain
- Quartz is suitable for use in a kosher kitchen due to it’s non porous properties
- Available in an almost unlimited choice of colours & finishes
- Never has to be sealed like granite
- Can sometimes be a little bit cheaper to buy than granite
Disadvantages of quartz
- Quartz is not 100% natural like granite
- Perceived by some people as being characterless due to the consistency of markings
- Unlike granite there’s no point in choosing your exact slab as all slabs will look identical
- Can vary in quality dependent on the brand chosen
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We’ll recommend local showrooms who are much better value than the chains & trade only suppliers.
We’ll recommend local showrooms whose German kitchens cost similar to the chains & trade only suppliers.
We’ll recommend local showrooms whose luxury kitchens come without the luxury price tag.
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