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What is the difference between granite, quartz and ceramic? Which one should you pick?
The main difference between granite, quartz and sintered stone ‘ceramic’ lies in five aspects: Palette Range / Availability / Thickness Range / Application / Resilience.
- Palette Range = While quartz and ceramic are abundant in colour options, granite is limited to roughly 60-100 different hues, and that number shrinks year by year due to low stock. There are over 500+ different quartz samples and up to 300 of ceramic which are usually readily available to order. Conglomerates tend to be more homogenous in nature, although an influx of marble lookalike ranges has been observed in the past decade, due to popularity and demand. Granite (for example: Emerald Pearl, Black Pearl or Ivory Fantasy) is purely natural: always chock-full of minerals, elements, particles and colours. Natural or synthetic, the line is now blurred and many nowadays mistake granite worktops for quartz, quartz for ceramic and vice versa. The list above speaks for itself.
- Availability = Speaking of availability, quartz and ceramic have a plethora of choice in terms of colours, however, many colours are discontinued per year and replaced with different designs/models. At the same time, those are synthetic, conglomerate products, so products in circulation are constantly in stock. Granite is a natural rock garnered from quarries across the earth, so this natural stone is rarely discontinued. In fact 60-100 colours have been around in circulation for decades, and the palette rarely changes. Although some granites are more or less common; it all depends on whether the given quarries are still bountiful or slowly depleting.
- Thickness Range = Ceramic is available in many sizes, e.g. standard 12mm. 6mm and even 8mm varieties are also available for some ceramic products. This contrasts with granite, which tends to be cut into 20mm or 30mm slabs. The same goes for quartz, although some companies like Silestone cut their slabs in 12mm thickness.
- Application = The point above relates to application and common use for the three materials. By virtue of low weight and thin slabs, ceramic is often used for cladding of walls, ceilings and even kitchen cabinets. This often cannot be done with much thicker and denser granite or quartz products. On the other hand, granite and quartz are fantastic solutions for public places: bathrooms or flooring because of their sturdy, thick durability against daily grind.
- Resilience = As opposed to laminate or marble worktops, ceramic, granite and quartz are by nature very durable products, resistant against scratches, impacts, staining or decolouration. However, those strengths are greater for one material, weaker in another. A granite worktop, as a natural stone, is porous, therefore a couple of times a year it requires sealing with special liquid-repelling impregnator. However, the material performs exceptionally well at heat resistance. Quartz is superb at repelling liquid, since its synthetic, conglomerate properties are imbued with liquid-repellents. But by contrast, it can be vulnerable to radiating heat of pots and pans. Ceramic is neither porous or vulnerable to extreme heat, however, if chosen in a thickness lower than 12mm, it can sustain damage from impacts. It’s by no means fragile, but also won’t stop the land of a hammer as well as 20mm granite worktops.
There is no clear answer as to which material should be chosen, nor is there a definite response as to which material is ‘the optimal one’. As the brief list above specifies, each material possesses their own, unique advantages. It’s often a matter of personal taste, needs and expectations which resolves the dilemma. In many cases it’s kitchen worktops prices (upon which we elaborate below), that are the deal breaker.
To gain a better idea of each product qualities, benefits and applications, please visit our Products Page for more information; you may also browse the selection of our dedicated blog posts created by our team of professional writers. Alternatively, feel free to contact us directly via email or phone – a member of our team will gladly help you with any struggles, granite prices UK or decision making.
How much are granite worktops? What is the cost of granite worktops, quartz worktops or ceramic tops? And why the prices differ between the three?
If you already had the chance to complete and familiarise yourself with our Online Quote Calculator, you probably noticed that worktop prices of quartz, ceramic or granite worktops tend to vary depending on selected stone worktops material.
The reason is simple: each product, sold by varied companies has its own set price. Some products are cheaper in cost (either due to colour popularity, simplicity of production/extraction or applied discounts), while other materials are priced higher (often on account of rarity or complex production/extraction processes). This is a general rule of thumb, although it’s often the case that some companies charge extra due to novelty or uniqueness of a colour; other factors also often come to play e.g. transportation fees, reinforcement cost (when dealing with mineral-rich granite worktops) etc.
The prices between quartz and granite tend to be more or less comparable per slab. The only difference lies in the sizes of slabs themselves. While an average granite slab will measure 5.60m2, quartz slabs can be as little as 4.2m2 or as big as 5.20m2. Therefore you can get more out of a single granite slab compared to quartz, and therefore all costs decrease. Of course, however (as we mentioned above) with granite worktops you’re limited in colour options.
Sintered stone or ‘ceramic’ is usually costlier per slab than quartz or granite, somewhere between 20%-30%. The higher price difference stems from exclusiveness of lower thicknesses, the production process and a range of benefits that come with sintered stone. The application possibilities and ceramic’s universally adaptive nature is valued by brands like Neolith, Lapitec or Dekton, as such influencing the overall cost.
To clearly gauge the price differences between products, we recommend you complete the kitchen granite worktops cost calculator above and at will swap between different materials from the colour list. Our advanced ceramic, quartz and granite worktop price calculator has a multi-sample compatibility.
Simply complete each quotation step above with three selected colours, browse the final kitchen worktop prices and then delete the sample colours by clicking [X] in the upper right corner. After that, feel free to click on the empty box [+], pick out a new colour by clicking ‘Online Quote’ on the given sample, complete necessary steps, and voila! Remember: beyond selection of preferred colour thickness, re-entering your information won’t be required each time you switch colours as the granite worktop price calculator memorises your choices.
Other factors determining the price of granite tops or other kitchen worktops project
Our quartz, ceramic and granite worktop price calculator doesn’t just determine the product & worktop prices. Many other variables have an impact upon worktop project price as a whole. The final cost for a kitchens worktop project is based on range of choices you elect along way.
- Thickness of the chosen kitchen worktop. Worktops prices are often increased with thicker worktop because naturally you are purchasing more work surfaces material. The jump from 20mm to 30mm thickness in quartz worktops and granite worktops is usually only about 10-15%, but it’s worth keeping that in mind. If you don’t mind a thinner surface and you wish to cut worktops costs, we suggest opting for a thinner stone kitchen worktops.
- Your kitchen design/shape i.e. required worktop surface area. Households containing a large kitchen, with plenty worktop room, naturally require more material. That will equate to purchasing even up to three ceramic, quartz or granite slabs. In this instance, we, as the fabricator, are left with more labour: granite worktop cut outs, finishing, cutting and templating. Our installation services also elongate the process; with that length installation charges naturally increase.
- Kitchen designs aren’t the only factors impacting the price. Additional details or selected items in STEP 7 (see Online Quote) also impact cost calculation. For example, if you choose a number or rounded corners, drainer grooves, a recessed area, undermounted kitchen sinks and a splashback, either more added material or our prolonged labour will impact overall kitchen worktops cost.
- Edge Profile is a significant factor in ceramic, granite worktop and quartz calculation. In some, complicated instances like creating the Ogee finishing, the labour of our craftsmen can be doubled, and thus the worktops cost. Our instant quote price calculator already provides a simplified chart outlining which edge profile option is least to most expensive, allowing you to select the finishing option matching your budget. Don’t forget upon completion of the granite worktop price calculator you may always return to STEP 6 and elect a different edge profile then skip to final worktops cost.
- Location is the last aspect we consider before revealing granite worktop prices. If your home is located in the remote Scottish highlands, or the Isle of Man, it’s a given the installation cost will rise, as travel time for those UK places is quite challenging. The same applies for logistics, those also have an affect on kitchen worktops price. If you live in a home with a downstairs kitchen, your worktops cost will come to less than living in a 10-storey high apartment. In the case of the latter, installation charges increase as carrying the heavy granite worktops tends to be risky, time-consuming and demand more man-power.
As we mention above, it’s very easy to determine conglomerate or granite worktop prices by simply completing our granite worktops Online Quote calculator above.
So, if you’ve always wondered how much black granite countertops cost for example, feel free to tackle our online granite countertops calculator. In merely 8 steps and 5 minutes of your time you’ll be able to create a fairly accurate estimate of your quartz, ceramic or granite worktops undertaking. Utilising this advanced system means generating a quick and reliable catalogue of granite worktop prices and understanding where most of the granite worktop price calculator variations lie.
Our ceramic, quartz & granite worktops UK prices are very competitive, even if you max out on the aforementioned variables. Our long-term partnership with slab suppliers allows us to apply a hefty discount to majority of provided materials – even as much as 20% OFF on all quartz kitchen worktops prices. So it’s certainly worth browsing through our Kitchen Worktops Online Calculator.
Are granite worktops prices often put on offer?
Absolutely. Granite worktops are constantly either put on sale or lowered in cost. A slab of granite can either be cut in costs on account of high stock or lowered demand. Sometimes a supplier company may choose to discontinue a stone slab range and thus discount the particular slab/s completely, as is often done at retail shops.
As such we, manufacturers of granite slabs, can lower granite worktops prices, enabling you to save even upwards of 40% on a quartz worktops, granite worktops or ceramic worktops project. If costs of a specific granite colour lower, we will announce that by displaying the relevant samples on our social media posts or our SALE webpage. So, if you’re interested in low granite worktops prices UK, feel free to give that site a frequent visit.
Granite worktops prices are also subject to change year by year due to inflation. For example, from 2020 to 2021 slab prices increased ever so slightly by approximately 3%; granite worktops prices likewise grew by that amount.
If you’re interested in special offers or low granite worktop prices you should also enquire about our granite offcut range. We often have big enough sheets of granite to utilise them for kitchens granite worktops or vast other mini designs: from utility rooms to windowsills or coffee tables.
FAQ: All you need to know about Polish Granite's quartz worktop price calculator UK
‘Does the granite cost calculator offer a precise granite online quote?’
Our granite worktops / quartz worktop quote system is 90% – 95% accurate. Sometimes it will slightly exaggerate the price, while at times it underestimates granite worktops prices. It’s impossible to create a system that will perfectly calculate everything, especially since slab prices constantly fluctuate in price, new discounts are applied and offers made. Nonetheless, cost calculation is frequently reviewed by our team and we always try to get back to our customers with revised, accurate quartz quote, granite price or ceramic quote PDFs.
The main point of our Quartz & Granite worktops direct quote calculator is to provide you an instant, more or less accurate estimate, so you can start planning out your general budgeting early, without the need to engage in lengthy consultations.
‘Is the quartz worktop online quote system responsive on mobile devices?’
Indeed! Our quote system works on phones, Ipads and other mobile devices as well as on desktop versions. Thanks to our quartz worktop cost calculator our customers may quickly use their phones to find answers to multiple questions: how much granite worktops cost; what is the approx. cost of granite worktops per square meter; what price quartz countertops are met with; how to get a Silestone cost calculator uk; what is the best price granite; how much will it be for granite cut to size near me etc. etc. We discuss this topic further, and explore the system on our blog posts!
‘How much is granite worktop per metre’
Granite worktops price per metre will vary entirely on the product you have chosen. A 3m granite worktop price per metre length may range from £400 to even £4,000, depending on material. Granite price per square metre will also depend on size of your kitchen. We therefore suggest picking a colour of your choice, providing rough measurements and completing our granite quote online, then gauging for yourself the estimated price and overall VAT inclusive cost of granite.
‘Quartz made to measure or granite made to measure- do Polish Granite custom cut granite?’
Your online quartz worktop quote always includes cost of quartz, ceramic and granite cut to size online, followed by specific templating and installation costs. Whatever type of kitchen you possess, we will come out, measure everything accordingly, have your granite worktop cut to size and produce uniquely shaped granite worktops that match your kitchen layout to perfection. The same applies for ceramic or quartz cut to size – we will always come out, measure and install your worktops as they should be.
‘How do your quartz worktops online quote prices compare to other companies? Do you offer cheap granite countertops?’
Of course. Our granite kitchen tops prices are some of the most competitive on the UK market. The great price of granite worktops is strictly down to our ethic, our great relationship with suppliers and special applied discounts. Granite worktop prices are sometimes determined by custom size granite slabs or manufacturing process. Thanks to our new cutting/polishing technology, it takes Polish Granite half as little time to produce granite worktops, upstands, sink element cut outs and other granite countertop solutions.
Our primary goal is to grant our clients best customer satisfaction and an impeccable granite worktops service throughout. But above all, we want to keep granite worktop costs, marble worktop prices, quartz worktops prices etc. at an all time low, allowing anyone to enjoy their granite online order.
So, whether you’re looking for granite worktops London, or quartz worktops Manchester, feel free to complete out kitchen worktops Online Quote and be pleasantly surprised at the competitiveness of our granite kitchen worktops prices.
FAQ: More about our granite worktop price calculator UK
‘How much is a granite worktop? Will the granite worktop cost calculator account for everything?’
It depends what you mean by everything. We try to make the selection and customisation as specific as possible, but of course the quartz worktop calculator still relies on basic templates. If you have any custom designs for your granite worktops or quartz worktops it’s probably best to contact us via phone/person and request a manually generated quartz worktops quote or granite worktops prices.
‘How do I order granite online? Can I buy granite worktops online?’
The answer to this question is twofold. Firstly, if you generate your quote using our granite worktop calculator you’ll be able to see how much is granite countertops price for your particular kitchen and more or less how much does granite cost uk. At the end of your quote there isn’t an option to just buy granite worktop straightway, but we do ask you to contact us if you liked the look of your granite on line quote and you’re ready to place an order.
Alternatively, our customer service will be contacting you either via email or phone to ask whether you’d like to progress with your generated granite worktops prices. Either way, your granite worktops prices will need to be revised nonetheless. We’ll consult granite worktops cost calculation and of course other minor details such as edge finishing, distance for your worktops supply etc. After that, we’ll arrange a templating and fitting date that most suits your schedule and place your order!
‘Do I have to order a slab in order to get a granite stone price? How much do granite worktops cost for granite pieces cut to size?’
Unfortunately when it comes to big-scale kitchens, we almost always rely on polished granite slabs prices. That’s because we never store excess material nor do we produce the material ourselves. We source it from our suppliers, who charge their prices for given slabs. We use their granite slab prices list as reference and use that for our quartz worktops price calculator.
However, if you have a small kitchen or a small idea e.g. a coffee table, sink vanity top or breakfast bar, it’s worth getting in touch. We have plenty of smaller offcuts that can be utilised for such undertakings. We recommend reading one of our blog posts dedicated to granite offcuts.
‘How much do granite countertops cost when on sale? Can I buy granite online at discounted price?’
Granite worktop prices, marble worktops price or quartz worktops cost can significantly change when slabs of such are on sale, decreasing even by 50%. You can search through all our discounted slabs and see how much is granite worktops prices by visiting our SALE page dedicated to discounted slabs and submitting the form with the best colour of your choice. The discounted slab colour range is also visible on our price calculator.
‘How much does granite worktop cost compared to marble?’
Unfortunately as of 2018 Polish Granite have stopped supplying marble worktops due to many factors, namely marble’s fragile nature. Hence why no marble is available in our stone collection above, and thus marble worktop cost cannot be calculated. However, if you’re keen on purchasing marble for smaller ideas e.g. windowsills, please get in touch – we may have some marble leftovers available in our offcut range.
‘I’m looking for granite worktops near me – where is your showroom? And can I get a price for granite worktops there?’
We are based in Manchester and Preston, i.e. mainly North West of England. Of course we install in kitchens across United Kingdom, but our showrooms are limited in number. That said, if you leave nearby, we welcome you to visit and gauge the price of granite countertops here. Our team can provide you vast granite worktop prices, grant you an understanding how much are granite countertops and how cheap granite worktops prices can be.
For those that cannot travel, we always invite to use our granite calculator or simply to call our landline. Our team can provide you a quartz worktops cost or kitchen granite worktops prices at an instant, simply by asking you a few questions over the phone.