Granite verus Quartz

Difference between a quartz and granite worktop

Many customers face the dilemma of whether to purchase a quartz or granite worktop and often ask what the difference is. The below lists the main pros and cons of each.

Granite

Granite is a natural igneous rock which is formed in the ground over millions of years. This is quarried out of the ground in blocks the size of a mini bus. It is then cut into large slabs approximately 3 meter by 1.9 meters. Finally it is polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to the UK ready to manufacture your granite worktops. Granite offers more random veining and uneven colour patterns, specially in the light colours compared to a quartz worktop.

Granite Advantages

  • Can be more cost effective ( colour dependant)
  • Second most durable worktop (after quartz)
  • Natural unique look – no 2 slabs are the same
  • Heat Resistant
  • Strong especially dark colours
  • Larger sizes are available to avoid seams
  • Can be used outside.  It won’t fade from exposure to sunlight

Granite Disadvantages

  • Porous especially light colours
  • Requires re-sealing yearly to avoid staining and bacteria build up
  • It tends to have many variation due to it being natural stone which some people may not like

Quartz 

Quartz Worktops is a natural crystal which is made up of crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ration of 3% quartz and 7% resin binder and colour additives. It is mined from the ground it is one of the hardest stones in the world. It is then set into slabs which are approximately 3 meters by 1.4meters. These engineered slabs are then polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to the UK ready for fabrication. In recent years quartz has become more and more popular due to the fact it comes in a vast range of colours and can be more uniform in colour.

Quartz Advantages

  • Heat Resistant
  • Non-porous
  • Most durable worktop
  • Wide range of colour choice
  • Stain Resistant
  • Antibacterial as it’s sealed
  • Uniform grain / colour if required
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Quartz Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Restricted width size compared to granite.
  • Less natural beauty compared to granite
  • Depending on colour could be tricky to hide the seams

In summary quartz and granite are both very durable surfaces, with quartz having the slight edge over granite. Both are very popular choices that will add value to your property and provide years of use.

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