It is time to get new worktops, and you have shortened your list to granite and quartz? Now it is just the matter of choosing one of them, but you have doubts about which one. The right answer is that you can’t go wrong with either one of them, but you should choose the one that works better with your style of use. Here, we are bringing the comparison of granite and quartz worktops, to help you decide which one is the best for you.
Granite is a 100% natural product, while quartz is manufactured
Quartz is a man-made product, made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. The pigments are added to change its colour. On the other hand, granite is completely natural and it preserves the colour it had. This means that granite worktops are more unique, but quartz has a wider colour palette.
Quartz is non-porous
Quartz worktops have a completely non-porous surface, while granite hasn’t. Some granite colours, especially darker ones, can have an almost non-porous surface, but it is advised to seal granite worktops. The sealant will make a smooth surface and prevent liquids and spills from staining, something quartz naturally has.
Granite absorbs heat better
When it comes to handling high temperature, granite is the best material out there. You can put away hot object directly on it and will not have to worry about it melting or breaking. On the other hand, quartz can be damaged by the high amplitudes of temperature changes; it is advised to always use mats and trivets with it.
Granite can be used outdoors
Unlike quartz, granite can be used outdoors also. The resin in quartz is UV unstable, making it unsuitable for outdoor use.
They are both very durable
Quartz is one of the toughest materials that can be found in nature, but granite is not so far away either. They will not break or crack if you accidentally drop something on them.
They are highly scratch resistant
Both granite and quartz are very dense materials, which means they can’t be scratched easily. However, it is advised to use cutting boards, because cutting directly on them can dull your knives.
Quartz has a wider colour palette
Quartz has the widest colour palette that can be found on the market. You can find in its range some unusual colours, as well as classic ones. Quartz can even imitate granite in appearance, or even marble. On the other hand, granite colours are limited to the ones found in nature. This doesn’t mean that you can’t find beautiful styles in its range- on the contrary, granite has some of the most beautiful and unique styles available.
Both materials are excellent choices for kitchen and bathroom worktops and it is up to you to weigh which one will suit you better.
For more information about our quartz and granite range, feel free to contact us.