Stones have proven to be the best option for kitchen worktops, for a few different reasons. Firstly, they are the most durable materials and your worktops will last you for decades. They will resist most mechanical impacts without any consequences. But when it comes to choosing one or the other, there are still differences between them.
1. Quartz is an engineered stone, while granite is natural
Quartz is made as a combination of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins. On the other hand, granite is 100% natural material without added polymers.
2. Quartz is non-porous
Resins are making a non-porous surface on quartz worktops, making them highly resistant to staining. Granite is porous, however, but not as some other stones. Granite will resist staining from most liquids, except coffee or wine.
3. Resistance to scratching
Both granite and quartz are very hard stones that will not get scratched even if you cut directly on them. Just beware that doing so you can dull your knives.
4. Resistance to high temperatures
You can put away a still-hot pan on your granite worktops and they will not melt or break. Quartz can also handle average kitchen temperatures, but sudden temperature changes with higher amplitudes can lessen the bond between the quartz and the polymers.
They are both very easy to clean, but there is one big difference in maintaining. Quartz worktops don’t need sealing, because resins act as a sealant. On the other hand, you will have to seal granite worktops once or twice a year.
Both materials will handle high pressure without any crack or breaks. They will handle even if you drop a heavy object on them. Just be more careful around the edges, as they tend to chip easier.
Price can also be a factor in your decision. Prices for quartz worktops are usually less than prices for granite. The exact price varies from colour to colour; you can always get a free quote for any colour.
8. Colour palette
Quartz has a bit more versatile colour palette because it is manufactured. During the manufacturing process, the pigments are added to change quartz’s colour and add patterns. Granite has also a beautiful colour range, but if you were looking for a bright green or orange, you will find it only in quartz’s range.
Granite patterns are always unpredictable and unique. Quartz patterns are manufactured and hence more uniformed. Both can be an advantage and a disadvantage, it just depends on your taste.
The longevity of both is unbeatable and they will both last you for decades. With proper maintenance, you will not have to think about a replacement for many years.
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