You’d love to have a beautiful and practical worktop, and of course granite and quartz come to mind; after all, both are great choices. But perhaps choosing between the two of them is not so easy. Both of them have the timeless beauty and elegance one looks for in a kitchen, both are extremely durable, and both are immensely practical when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. If you’ve decided to install a worktop but have trouble selecting the right one, then this one is for you: here are some essential facts you should know about granite and quartz worktops.
How they are made
Granite is mined and brought to the surface in big blocks of stone – very big blocks of stone. These are then transported to the factory and cut and polished into slates with various sizes to fit the worktop.
Quartz, on the other hand, is made by mining quartz, crushing it to little pieces, and manufacturing a slab out of the crushed quartz by mixing it with resin to bind it. Usually the percentage is about 93% quartz, 7% resin. This type of manufacturing makes a big difference.
Some properties of quartz
Quartz slabs tend to be just as strong as granite, but with the added benefit of flexibility – the resin allows it to absorb more impact.
Quartz slabs are less porous (say, non-porous) and are therefore more hygienic and less prone to internal damage due to mould or bacteria.
Quartz is heavier than granite and needs a stronger base.
Some properties of granite
Granite tops need to be sealed before use.
Granite is extremely durable, but not indestructible.
The appearance of granite is not uniform, and more authentic to nature.
Truth be told, both are still on the high end of the spectrum, so you’ll have to shell out either way. However, most of the time granite is more expensive than quartz.
It’s a personal choice, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Quartz lends itself better to blending, though.
Before making your choice, there is perhaps one more thing to consider – especially if you’re trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Granite is mined as a whole block, out of which a slab for your worktop is produced. Quartz is mined and broken up, to be fabricated into a slab. This means there is probably less of a carbon footprint when dealing with quartz rather than with granite. The truth is that a lot of energy is spent producing both; but quartz is less damaging. The best way to choose is to go over each and every one of the advantages and drawbacks, and see which fits your life style best, as suggested by granite and quartz worktops London specialists such as J.R. Stone.
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