Derek Alam

Comparison between Quartz and Granite Worktops

Countertops happen to cover the major portion of the area in both kitchens and washrooms and this goes without saying that they have a significant impact on both the looks and the functionality of the space.

Among the various materials available today quartz and granite worktops UK happen to be the most popular ones. The quartz worktops are created of crushed quartz and 93 percent quartz is mixed with 7 percent resin to create them. You will get quartz in a variety of shades and patterns.

On the other hand, granite worktops are quarried naturally as huge stone chunks from the earth. Here is a comparison between the two that will help you decide about which one will be most suitable for your space.

Durability

Quartz – Quartz being an engineered stone, the flaws are engineered out. You will not come across individual striation that can crack open any day in quartz worktops which are very common with granite. Because of the presence of resins, quartz worktops are less prone to staining.

Granite – Granite worktops stain when they come in contact with red wine. Granite has flaws and imperfections and homeowners usually prefer this material for its natural looks. Opinion may however differ.

Natural Looks

Both these countertops are natural, but one is slightly more than the other.

Quartz – This material is 97 percent natural. Actually, about 93 percent quartz is mixed with 7 percent of polymer resins and color pigments. The resins bind these particles together.

Granite – On the other hand, granite is 100 percent natural and are sliced from the quarries, cut and honed until smoothened.

Maintenance

Though the stones mostly seem like they do not require any maintenance, but both of these countertop materials actually need that.

Quartz – This does not call for sealing at the initial stage or later. It also calls for much less maintenance as compared to granite.

Granite – This has to be sealed at the installation period and again from time to time. It also stains very easily and hence requires more sensitive handling than that of quartz.

Radon

This is a radioactive gas that is found in most countertop materials and quartz and granite worktops are not an exception to that.

Quartz – Insignificant amount of radon is found in engineered stone.

Granite – Research has revealed that almost no radon is found in granite kitchen worktops.

Now that you have known the pros and cons of both you can make the choice according to your liking and convenience. Both happen to be quality worktops and come with their own share of pros and cons. So, choose according to your lifestyle and habits and you won’t have to give a second though about your kitchen aesthetics and functionality.

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