What is the Difference Between Quartz and Granite Stone?
Quartz stone and granite are two of the most popular options when it comes to kitchen and bathroom surfaces. They are the most durable materials you will find on the market, but they do have their differences. Continue reading and find everything about the differences between the two and decide for yourself which one is best for you.
1. Quartz is manufactured
While quartz is an engineered stone, granite is a natural one. Quartz is made of natural quartz, resins and pigments. It is engineered to achieve the qualities it normally wouldn't have. Granite, on the other hand, doesn’t have any other added materials.
2. Quartz is resistant to staining
One of the reasons why quartz is engineered is to achieve high resistance to staining. Quartz will not get stained even with the most persistent liquids, such as coffee or wine. Unfortunately, granite is not as resistant as quartz. It is not as prone to staining as some softer stones, but not as resistant as granite either.
3. Granite resists heat better
When it comes to handling high temperatures, granite is a more reliable material. Granite will handle the high temperature from hot cookware without cracking or melting. Quartz can handle temperatures to a certain point, but if you constantly expose it to hot kitchenware, you can lessen the bond between its components. By using mats regularly, you can avoid that problem.
4. Quartz is easier to maintain
When it comes to maintenance, quartz is one of the easiest materials. It doesn’t need sealing and it is easy to clean. The cleaning is handled with only soap and water. Since it is so highly resistant to staining, you will never have problems removing the spills or food residue.
You can handle granite’s cleaning the same way; the difference is that you will have harder times removing the spills from granite.
As a natural stone, granite preserves the fine characteristics of the rock it has been quarried from, which is noticeable in its granulation, or pattern. Granite’s patterns look more natural, while quartz looks more uniformed. Depending on your taste, this can be also an advantage and a disadvantage.
The price for both stones is varying from colour to colour. Rare colours will be more expensive than the ones more common. However, generally, quartz is more affordable than granite.
7. Colour choices
Since quartz is manufactured, it has a wider colour range. Quartz can even look like granite or marble. Granite is found in nature in many different colours and patterns, but since it isn’t manufactured, it has fewer varieties.
Quartz is a great substitute for granite because it has some improved characteristics, while at a lower cost. Although granite is a bit more unique, if that’s not your priority, quartz will be a better choice.
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