Quartz is an incredibly hard mineral compound containing a number of silicon and oxygen components. In fact, the word “quartz comes from the ancient German term for hard which is why it is used to make robust long-lasting worktops that are said to last about 50 years. Rivalling quartz as a much-loved worktop material is traditional granite which is made from large chunks of minerals and has a wholesome appearance. If you are looking for a new kitchen re-fit then the worktop is an important component and you may find yourself wondering about the most suitable option between Quartz and Granite. Ultimately decisions like these come down to personal preference but there are definitely some things to consider.
Quartz is non-porous
Quartz is essentially an engineered material which contains a mixture of natural quartz crystals, glass and adhesives. The man-made nature of this material means that it is not naturally porous and does not need to be professionally sealed unlike granite. This makes it easier to clean and maintain in the long run. Granite worktops need to be re-sealed every 3-5 years otherwise things like wine or grease will cause permanent stains that will permeate the granite and cannot be cleaned.
Granite Is Naturally Patterned
Compared to quartz, granite is naturally cut in slabs from the earth so when you look at the slab, you are seeing a natural grouping of crystal structures. Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made composite the contents of which have been remixed and reset in a way that is not as natural and old. Whilst it will need to be professionally sealed, the beauty, texture and natural colours of granite are truly mind-blowing. Quartz manufacturers are making great progress in trying to mimic natural swirls and patterns but many individuals opt to choose the uniqueness of natural granite.
Granite Is More “Cooking Friendly” Than Quartz
Depending on which way you look at it, granite is rated by many as more suited to cooking than quartz. Although many say that quartz is harder than granite, it does not stand up to heat as well so things like hot pans can cause burn marks on account of the glues and adhesives it contains. Granite, on the other hand, is a rock formed under tremendous pressure and temperatures and can handle the former with no problems.
Quartz Seams Can Be Obvious
If you are planning on fitting a joined-up worktop with two slabs of Quartz there can sometimes be issues with the visibility of the seams disrupting the pattern flow. This can be an occur especially if you opt for quartz tops with lighter colours and bolder patterns.
What Worktop Should You Choose?
If you are planning a new kitchen but are not sure about what worktop to get then why not book a design consultation with Borshch Erdington. Our consultations last between 40 minutes to an hour and are a great opportunity for you to talk over your ideas and questions with our experienced design team.
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