Quartz vs Granite – What Stone Material to Use for Your Kitchen Worktops?
To many homeowners looking to renovate the kitchen, quartz and granite are one of the first choices. But when it comes to picking one or the other, that can give you hard times. Here, we are bringing the comparison of the two, to help you decide which one will be better for you.
1. Quartz is manufactured stone
Quartz is a man-made product, while granite is a natural stone. Quartz worktops are made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. On the other hand, granite is a natural product that preserves the characteristics of the stone it has been quarried from.
2. Quartz has a wider variety of options
Because quartz is a manufactured stone, the pigments can be added to change its colour, add patterns and similar. It can have various finishes, such as matte, leather or shiny finish. Granite’s colour palette is limited to the colours found in nature.
3. Granite resists high temperature better
Granite won’t get damaged if you put a hot object on it. On the other hand, you should always use mats and trivets with quartz, because high temperatures can break the fabricated sealant and lead to discolouration.
4. Quartz is stain-resistant
Quartz has a non-porous surface which prevents liquids from absorbing and leaving a stain. Granite is, on the other hand, porous, but will because it is very dense, it won’t get stained if you remove the spills on time.
5. Quartz doesn’t need sealing
Cleaning of both quartz and granite is very easy with just soap and water required. However, you will have to seal granite worktops a few times a year, while quartz doesn’t need sealing at all.
6. Both are very durable
The durability of both is unmatched when it comes to kitchen worktops; they are both very hard materials that will not break or crack when exposed to high force.
7. Quartz is more affordable
In general, quartz is more affordable than granite. The unwritten rule is that the rarer the colour is, the more expensive it will be. Therefore, you can find a quartz colour that is more expensive than a common granite colour.
8. Granite is UV resistant
Constant exposure of quartz worktops to sun rays can lead to the fading of the colour. The reason for that is that resins in quartz worktops are UV unstable. On the other hand, granite is resistant to UV rays and will not fade.
Both materials have their pros and cons, and it is best for you to vague them and decide for yourself which one will be better for your kitchen. There is also the question of the budget; will you be willing to pay more even when the materials have similar characteristics?
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