worktops - granite vs quartz
WORKTOPS - GRANITE VS QUARTZ
You’ve finally decided on the perfect palette for your new bespoke kitchen - and, you’ve fallen in love with everything from handle choice to mirrored splashbacks. But, you’re still yet to decide (or most likely agree) on the ideal worktop. Sound familiar?
Your kitchen worktop should have a unique style, durability and require low maintenance, to suit your lifestyle and space.
We’ve put together a few key points to summerise both granite and quartz. Plus, our lovely designer Tom gives us the low down on his favourite too!
Granite is one of the most common examples of natural igneous rock, and is formed in the ground over millions of years.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF GRANITE?
Dependant on colour - granite can be more cost effective.
No two slabs are the same - it’s a more natural look.
Great heat resistance!
Super strong - especially darker colours.
Larger sizes are available to avoid seams.
Can be used outside and won’t fade from exposure to sunlight.
AND, THE DISADVANTAGES?
It can be porous - especially light colours.
Granite usually requires re-sealing yearly to avoid staining and bacteria build up.
It tends to have many variations due to it being natural stone - which some people may not like (but we love it!)
Quartz is a natural crystal - and, worktops are made from crushed quartz mixed with resin - in a ration of 3% quartz and 7% resin binder plus colour additives. It is mined from the ground and is one of the hardest stones in the world.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF QUARTZ?
Quartz is really (really) heat resistant!
There is a wide range of colour choice in Quartz worktops.
Quartz is stain resistant!
Antibacterial as it’s sealed - yay!
The grain can be uniformed - if required.
AND, THE DISADVANTAGES?
It’s a bit more expensive!
It has a restricted width size compared to granite.
Less natural beauty compared to granite
Depending on colour it could be tricky to hide the seams - only could, though!
A SUMMERY, PLEASE?
Quartz and granite are both very beautiful and durable surfaces. When deciding on what material to use for your kitchen worktop, you cannot go wrong with picking quartz or granite. Not only will these materials bring liveliness to your home but each provide their own benefits. Quartz worktops will provide you with maintenance advantages that nature itself is not able to, while granite requires higher maintenance. Neither quartz nor granite will disappoint in terms of overall look and style.
WHAT DOES TOM THINK?
Whilst Tom is a fan of both granite and quartz - he’s pretty keen on DEKTON™ too. It’s more expensive - but, it’s his favourite (and he knows his stuff!) DEKTON™ is a long-term product for those looking to turn their kitchen into a unique space. It has the appeal of a completely uniform surface, which fits seamlessly into very different design styles.
DEKTON™ combines the qualities expected by the chef in all of us. It is a clean surface that is nice to touch and resistant to all the daily grind that takes place in a kitchen over years of use. It is an ultra-sophisticated material for busy everyday life, capable of creating spaces that make the day to day preparation of food a pleasant experience.
Have we just confused you even more?
Pop into our showroom for a chat - we are happy to help and have lots of samples!