Granite and Quartz Worktops, What’s The Difference?

One of the questions we are asked on a regular basis is “which is better, granite or quartz”, but the answer often comes down to personal taste and what an owner is trying to achieve in either their kitchen, bathroom or home in general. When looking at both worktop options, you can be sure that whatever you choose the outcome is always striking!

Granite has a natural beauty and generally a combination of colours that gives it a harmonious colour palette that generally cant be achieved by engineered Quartz worktops.

Quartz although a natural material in nature, is engineered by man to create a range of colours that just cant be replicated by nature. So pure whites to greys, mirrors and sparkles, all the colours of the rainbow can be made to suit any interior design scheme. Quartz can even be made as thin as 12mm for ultra-hip and contemporary designs.

Apart from the aesthetics of each, the attributes of Granite and Quartz are similar, but not entirely the same. Both are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of a warm pan being placed directly upon them. The only word of caution here is that Quartz worktops during the manufacturing process have resin added to bind the minerals together, this is the Achilles Heel of Quartz. Under the right conditions Quartz can be damaged by extreme heat, so as a caution trivets should be used.

Quartz as a mineral is only 3 levels below the hardness of a Diamond, making Quartz the warrior in the kitchen when it comes to hardness and being scratch resistant. Your knife will blunt before youll even start to scratch the surface!

Quartz has another advantageous over Granite, in being non porous, by default its non-bacterial. This also means its very difficult to stain Quartz, whereas Granite being micro porous can absorb liquids if the seal has started to wear.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say, and in our experience owners choose the material that works best with the design scheme they have in mind. Being aware of the characteristics of each is important to ensure the surface you choose complements your style of living.

If you need help deciding which surface is best for you, get in touch by calling Donna on 01565 300065, visit us on Stanley Industrial Estate, Knutsford or email enquiries@cheshiregraniteworktops.co.uk.

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