Quartz vs Granite Guide

Granite vs Quartz kitchen worktops

Granite and quartz are both excellent materials for kitchen worktops and come with a lot of visual and functional benefits. Read on to find out which one is best for you.

 

How are granite and quartz rocks formed?

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals known to man and is non-porous, making it really easy to maintain and resistant to liquids. 

Granite is an igneous rock formed deep within the Earth from compressed quartz, feldspar and mica. Like marble, granite is also porous, but offers greater durability and resistance to chips and scratches.

 

Which is more durable for a kitchen worktop? 

Both granite and quartz are excellent, hard-wearing surfaces that are ideal for kitchen environments. They are resistant to liquids and heat, and are easy to maintain.

Quartz kitchen worktops are slightly tougher than their granite counterparts though and longer lasting. Quartz kitchen worktops are also non-porous, unlike granite, so don’t require any sealing.

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How do they look?

Granite and quartz materials offer beautiful finishes, textures and colours. Because granite is composed from a number of compressed stones, it usually has a freckled/spotted finish consisting of a number of colours.

Quartz kitchen worktops also tend to be available in a wider range of colours than granite. They also feature additional metallic ‘flecks’ for a distinctive and attractive finish.

 

Maintenance advice

If you’re after a kitchen worktop that requires minimal maintenance, both granite and quartz are ideal. We advise wiping granite with soap and water regularly to help maintain its shine.

Granite is a porous rock, so requires re-sealing every couple of years. Quartz kitchen worktops are also naturally resistant to bacteria growth, which is ideal for the kitchen environment.

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