Granite vs Quartz
Unsure whether to choose granite or quartz worktops for your brand new kitchen? We’re here to help you decide!
What’s the difference between quartz and granite?
Granite is a completely natural, volcanic rock that is cut down to size and polished to ensure a non-porous finish. Quartz, on the other hand, is made from around 95% natural stone, with additional resins added to change the colour or texture, and is thus deemed a man-made material.
Which one is more durable?
Both quartz and granite are finished and coated in a way that makes them incredibly hard-wearing, and both materials are highly resistant to cracks and scratches. If choosing a rough-textured granite, there can be some staining or cleaning difficulties (particularly from spilled liquids); on the plus side, granite is very heat-resistant. Quartz, however, tends to have a much smoother finish, making it easier to clean and less likely to attract crumbs and liquids, but excessive heat can cause damage and staining.
Which one looks better?
This is completely down to your personal taste and the style of kitchen that you are creating, as both quartz and granite can be finished beautifully. Granite is often available in a variety of colours, and is often marbled with its’ natural pattern, giving it a very specific look to your countertop. Meanwhile, as quartz is man-made, it tends to be a lot more customizable to different design, as it available in many different colours and finishes, with or without patterns; a lot of people prefer this flexibility, as it allows an exact appearance to finish your kitchen.
Which one is cheaper?
Neither has to be hugely expensive, but when it comes to initial cost alone then granite is definitely a more affordable option. The average price of granite can easily be half of that of quartz, though there can be some overlap depending on the style and thickness of your chosen surface. Both, however, are excellent value for money, as they are incredibly durable and will be an investment that lasts for a very long time.
Which is easier to maintain?
Granite and quartz should both be wiped down daily with warm water and a gentle dish soap to avoid bacteria and staining; quartz is probably less high-maintenance in this respect, as you should avoid using certain chemicals and cleaning products on granite, as this can cause discolouration and damage. Granite countertops should also be resealed every 1-2 years, although this is generally not expensive or time consuming.
Which is more environmentally friendly?
Despite being the natural material of the two, mining and transporting granite can use a lot of energy – particularly if importing. Quartz is generally deemed to be the more green option of the two – although if you source local materials that require minimal transportation then either one is relatively non-harmful to the environment.
As you can see, there are benefits and drawbacks to both of these materials, making it a hugely personal choice when it comes to choosing your final worktop; it depends entirely on your lifestyle and how you want your kitchen to work for you. To see both materials in person, feel free to make an appointment to check out our London kitchen showroom today.