We often get asked “What’s better, Granite or Quartz?” The truth is, there is no straight forward answer as there are pros and cons of both. This short guide should help you to make the right decision based upon the specific requirements of your project.
What is Granite?
Granite is natural stone that is quarried from the earth to be cut and polished straight into the slabs you see on countertops.
What is Quartz?
Quartz is a composite stone made up of 90-95% natural quartz (one of the hardest substances on earth) mixed with resins and pigments.
The unique patterning of granite slabs is formed over millions of years from the cooling and solidifying of molten minerals which creates an endless selection of colours and patterns to choose from. Whether you want a subtle colour match or a complete bold contrast, there is a slab to suit any design or project.
Quartz, being man-made means it is generally more uniform in colour and patterning. Quartz has a huge variety of available colours and patterns ranging from bright white, deep black and cream to marble effect and sparkles so there is a design to match any colour scheme.
Granite worktops are highly durable and are resistant to everyday wear and tear. However, they should not be considered indestructible – being a natural rock it is susceptible to breaking or chipping if it is subjected to heavy abuse. Granite is also resistant to heat so hot pans should not damage your worktops however we still recommend using a trivet to extend the life of your surfaces.
Quartz tops are just as strong as granite, if not more so. This means that every day use should have little effect on the worktops. It also means we are able to manufacture thinner worktops in quartz at 20mm thickness. Like granite, quartz tops are not indestructible so care should still be taken to make sure they last as long as possible. You must be careful with hot pans as quartz can be damaged by excessive heat – we recommend using a trivet or heat rods to protect your worktops. If exposed to direct sunlight, quartz worktops have been known to discolour over time so you may notice a slight colour variation after a long time if one section of worktop is constantly exposed to UV rays.
Granite worktops should be cleaned with a mild household cleaner. The worktops also need resealing at least once per year to avoid staining. If the worktops are used and cleaned more regularly or if hot pans are put on the same spot frequently, then they may need resealing more often.
Quartz worktops are non-porous so stains should not penetrate the surface of the stone. However, spills and stains should be wiped clean with the same mild household cleaner to avoid any staining to the surface. Quartz worktops do not need sealing as it is a solid surface.
In the end, your choice comes down to personal preference and your own ideas on what your kitchen needs in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Is your primary need something that won’t stain? Or is it something you can put hot pans on without worrying? Do you want a uniform colour or a natural flowing pattern? The decision is yours to make.