Should I choose granite or quartz?

Want a natural stone worktop installed in your new kitchen? Two of the most popular choices are granite and quartz.

Both are excellent choices, but there are some important differences between the two that you need to be aware of before you make your choice.

Heat resistance

Forged in extreme temperatures beneath the earth’s crust, granite is extremely heat-resistant. A fresh-off-the-hob pan will probably leave a mark on the surface, but these should wipe away with soap and water.

Quartz worktops are made from natural quartz minerals, but it is also bound with a synthetic resin which is more susceptible to heat damage.

If you are worried about damaging your new worktop with heat then you can use a worktop or pan protector on your surface.

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Durability

Natural quartz is one of the hardest materials known to man. Other materials that are added to the quartz worktops aren’t quite as hard, but quartz worktops are still extremely durable against scratches and chips.

Granite is less resistant to scratches, but only slightly. Both are tough, but granite may require some extra treatment to keep it looking good throughout its lifetime.

Colour options

Because quartz is manufactured, it comes with a near endless supply of colour options. You can choose from brilliant white and pure black quartz worktops as well as a wide variety of complex colours and patterns.

Granite is the naturally beautiful choice. If you have traditional tastes, then the earthy tones and washed out colour schemes are sure to appeal. You can still get a good range of natural black and white options, which are among the most popular, but there are also a good range of brown, blue and red colourways to choose from.

Absorption

Because quartz worktops are bonded with glue, it means they are non-porous. This means that they won’t absorb any liquid and won’t stain if you leave liquid on them for a long time.

Granite worktops are more prone to staining, especially from acidic foodstuffs, oils and red wine. You can treat your granite worktop against stains, but it is good practice to wipe stains up straight away.

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Cleanliness

By virtue of being non-porous, quartz countertops are also easier to clean. This means that quartz worktops are also more hygienic – the same as stainless steel in a commercial kitchen.

Quartz and granite are both easy to clean with warm water and a small amount of cleaning product. Stubborn stains may take a little extra elbow grease, but you should avoid using abrasive cleaning pads if you can help it.

To keep granite in tip top condition throughout its lifetime, you should consistently wipe it dry and polish it when practical.

In the end, the choice probably comes down to your personal preference. If you want any more advice, speak to a member of the Cheshire Graniteline team today. Call: 01606 841 074.  

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