Quartz vs Granite – What’s the Difference?
Let’s look at what the quartz and granite materials are, what’s so great about them and how they are different from each other.
Quartz is a man made stone worktop. It is made by combining ground-up quartz (a hard mineral that looks like crystal) chips which are combined with synthetic resins. The way the quartz is ground changes the appearance, so it enables a huge choice of looks to be manufactured.
Quartz is one of the most common materials in the earth’s crust – so there’s plenty to go around.
Why choose a quartz worktop?
Huge choice of colours and styles. It’s available in 20mm or 30mm thickness to suit the style of your new kitchen.
- Extremely hard and durable – Quartz is scratch-resistant (unless you try and scratch it with diamonds, topaz or saphire).
- Stain and crack resistant
- Easy to clean
- No sealing required
What is a granite worktop?
Granite is a a natural material (as opposed to quartz worktops being man-made). Granite worktops are cut from the igneous rock – the grain and colour is all natural including all the imperfections.
Igneous you say? I had to look it up – it refers to rock solidified from lava or magma. It’s like putting a potentially 4 billion year old chunk of history in your kitchen.
Why choose a granite worktop?
- Each slab is unique – if you like the natural colours and patterns this could be a good choice for you
- Heat resistant
- Stain resistant
The pattern of granite is unique
Why choose a stone kitchen worktop?
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