A common question customers often ask me is what the differences are between granite worktops and quartz worktops?
The purpose of this blog is to explain the key 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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