Choosing the material for your kitchen worktop is a crucial part of any kitchen renovation.
You spend hours asking friends and family, browsing websites like Pinterest and Houzz, and scouring all the major makeover magazines for any hint of inspiration. Throughout your research you come across two materials time and time again: granite and quartz. These are among the most popular choices for kitchen worktops, and for good reason.
The problem now is choosing which one is right for you.
You’ll notice this predicament is not about finding the best overall material, but figuring out which is best for you. Below we’ve outlined four of the main differences between the popular kitchen worktops so you can better decide which fits your lifestyle, design vision, and renovation budget.
Maintenance and Longevity
Part of why you chose granite and quartz may be because you’ve heard they never get stained. This is not technically true.
Quartz worktops are sealed during manufacturing, and so they don’t require retreatment throughout their life. However, granite worktops need to be resealed annually to prevent permanent damage and staining from the likes of powder, liquids, and oils.
This does give quartz the slight advantage here, but it’s worth noting that, if left exposed to sunlight for long periods, quartz worktops will begin to discolour and fade.
Strength and Durability
One of the main reasons granite and quartz are so highly revered is because of their strength and durability.
It’s pretty hard to separate the two in this department as they’re both incredibly resilient, but if you’re looking for the toughest of the tough, quartz does have the upper hand.
Quartz can withstand pressure to a greater degree and also is slightly more flexible. However, even given the greater durability, quartz can still be damaged by impacts from heavy objects.
With a range of colours and patterns to choose from, quartz and granite worktops both have bags of visual appeal.
Even if we were to pick the best looking, it would be a completely subjective choice, and so it all comes down to your personal opinion and design vision. Every slab of granite produced is individual and unique – one of its greatest appeals. This, however, may be limiting if you want a completely bespoke worktop to match your vision. If this is the case quartz may be the one to go for as it comes in a wide range of styles and options.
Size and Shape
As a natural stone cut straight from the earth, granite is mined in slabs. If you only need a small worktop, this could pose a problem as you would need to join several individual pieces together.
With quartz worktops, it’s much easier to hide the seams where the pieces join. You may still see them if you look closely, but compared to how granite performs in this area, quartz still comes out on top.
At iGranite, we provide affordable and high-quality quartz and granite worktops in Cambridge and throughout the UK. Visit our website to find out more or get in touch with our friendly team of experts today.