Quartz vs. Granite Worktops
You love natural stone but can’t decide between quartz or granite worktops?
For a long time, granite has been the favourite but quartz is becoming increasingly popular.
Both stones have crystals in their structure, which make them resistant and durable.
Both materials add elegance to an interior and the choice will ultimately depend on your preference. But how do these stones compare?
Quartz vs. Granite Worktops: Aesthetics
Granite and quartz look very different but both materials come in a wide range of colours and finishes.
Granite is an igneous rock formed by volcanic lava or magma. It’s all natural and it has a granular structure.
Coming in hues that range from pink to grey and from brown to black, granite worktops are easy to mix and match with any interior design and furniture.
Granite worktops come in all imaginable finishes, from polished to matt or textured. Regardless of the chosen finish, granite adds sophistication to an environment and thanks to the natural patterns, all granite worktops are unique.
Quartz worktops are made of engineered stone, or natural quartz mixed with a synthetic resin. The material has a particular elegance and a uniform shade, but sunlight can cause the colour to fade.
More suitable to use in an area not exposed to sunlight, quartz worktops also come in a rainbow of colours and can match all interior styles and designs.
Quartz vs. Granite Worktops: Resistance
In terms of resistance and durability, both stones have advantages and flaws.
Granite resists scratches and is very durable. These qualities make it an excellent choice for a high traffic area, but this is still a natural product that needs maintenance to preserve its beauty in time.
Although less porous than other natural stones, granite is still porous, and it gets stained. And even if granite is resistant, it’s not indestructible.
Quartz is stronger than granite but more flexible and easier to work with during installation. This material is impermeable and is almost impossible to stain. It also resists mechanical shocks better than granite.
Quartz is also more resistant to sudden temperature changes, but it still has resin in it. Although both materials are resistant to heat, they could suffer burns. We recommend to always place a trivet under hot pans on both quartz and granite worktops.
Quartz vs. Granite Worktops: Cleaning & Maintenance
Quartz beats granite in terms of maintenance. As mentioned above, granite is porous and has to be sealed with a stain and liquid-repellent sealer at least once a year. The operation is simple, but it’s time-consuming and costly.
Once the sealer is applied, the surface must be protected from acidic substances like lemon juice or vinegar, which could stain the worktop. Butter and oil or wine and berries can also leave unpleasant stains behind. Unflattering marks are easy to remove with specific products but again, this is time-consuming and costly.
Because of their non-porous nature, quartz worktops don’t have to be treated with a sealer and need less
maintenance. The lack of pores is also synonymous with a better hygiene.
As for the cleaning, both quartz and granite worktops are easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Stubborn stains are easy to clean from quartz worktops with generic cleansers like mild soap or dish detergent. Yet, granite needs a different treatment.
Generic cleansers can damage granite’s surface and these worktops have to be cleaned with specific products. Granite worktops will also have to be wiped dry and polished after each use, to maintain their beauty.
Both quartz and granite worktops are excellent, durable choices. But if you aim for less maintenance and more enjoyment of your surface, quartz may be a better alternative.