Few words about quartz and granite
Contrary to popular belief, quartz and granite don’t actually have that much in common, beside the fact that they both have stone elements, and their composition and texture are akin. And of course, both materials are highly resistant to staining and scratching, and don’t require much maintenance when it comes to cleaning. However, there isn’t much beyond that, and differences between the two materials are much larger.
Firstly, granite is entirely natural, mined in various quarries around the world, the stone is simply polished, manufactured and distributed for decorative and practical use. This is as far as it goes for granite.
Quartz, on the other hand is entirely manmade – it’s a mixture and combination of vast elements, such as resin, stone particles, colouring dyes and indeed natural quartz etc. But quartzes are essentially made from scratch, and the manufacturers can influence their colouring, patterns and overall design accordingly, which is why they are able to create such intricate and unique designs. So the natural element is there, yet the fabrication of the material makes it a artificial product.
With granite the case is much simpler, you get what you see and beyond cutting it into special shapes, there is no means to implement the internal characteristics of this organic material.
This is why shades of granite are only limited, and are prone to extinction, seen as their deposits will one day be drained. Some see this as core of it’s beauty, because your granite worktop was made by nature, and what was produced is a one-of-a-kind composition. Many consider granite and marble as work of art, that has been admired and used throughout millennia of human history. On the other hand, quartz colours, patterns and shades are indisputably endless, and every year more and more types of quartz are produced.
To sum up, the main advantages of quartz and granite worktops are laid out below:
Advantages of quartz worktops
- Multitudinous choice of colours – within the stone-worktop category, quartzes are superior when it comes to selection and range, with variations being wide and immense. So there’s certainly something out there for everybody.
- Modern, fashionable and contemporary design – quartz is found everywhere because they are a popular product. They simply do the job, and at the same time offer a touch of modernity and sleekness within every household.
- Low porosity – quartzes are impregnated and chemically treated with various procedures throughout their process, so when the worktop lands in your home you won’t have to worry about the product absorbing liquids or chemicals. Thanks to their modern engineering quartzes are therefore exceptionally resistant when it comes to that aspect.
- Resistance to physical impact – the product is fantastic at not only repelling but also being resistant to all sorts of physical shocks e.g. if you drop something or whack the worktop by accident – there’s a high chance that the worktop will deflect the impact, rather than getting chipped or cracked.
Advantages of granite worktops
- Complete uniqueness – this means that even batches of the same stone with the same properties, mined from same quarries will contain distinctive patterns e.g. vein complexes. This means that a colour of your worktop may be recognised, but it’s composition will be truly distinctive and original.
- Organic material – it’s completely natural, thus it fits great with modern and traditional kitchen designs. No matter whether your cabinets are wooden, or colourful laminates – organic products like granite always blend-in well and successfully fit various styles of furnishing.
- UV & heat resistance – The UV and fire resistance of granite is superior. Perhaps only marble has the same qualities. Because it is a natural stone, therefore if you cook a lot, and are used to putting your hot pans on the worktop, or perhaps if you have plenty of sunshine entering your kitchen, you shouldn’t be worried about your granite getting damaged or decoloured.
- Workability – A granite slab can be transformed into all sorts of shapes and sizes. This is also the case for quartz. This means that when it comes to stone, you can order all sorts of layouts and preferable shapes to be installed in your kitchen. Rounded corners, swerves, holes for hobs, sinks and sockets, fancy edges, you name it!
You can check prices of both materials on our quartz and granite worktops price calculator.