QUARTZ VS GRANITE: what’s best for you?

You’ve got the bit by your teeth. You want to rebuild your kitchen from the ground up and make the most of the space in which you spend a considerable amount of time. You’ve picked out the cabinets, appliances and flooring, but what about the countertops?

Quartz or Granite? What’s it going to be?

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In truth, both materials are fantastic for kitchen use and offer numerous benefits. The eventual choice may be largely subjective or design-led, but in this post we’d like to help make that decision a little easier for you.

Without further ado, let’s put granite in the ring with quartz. Which one wins for you?

1. Cost
If you’re considering granite or quartz for your countertops, you’ll no doubt have accepted the fact that they are rarely a ‘budget’ option. Due to their durability and high quality, they should always be viewed as an investment which will last you for years to come.

In the battle of cost, neither material trumps the other. They’re robust, long-lasting and breathtaking once in place and therefore have a price tag to match.

2. Natural?
One of the main reasons both granite and quartz worktops are so desirable is the fact they are made from natural materials. In the battle of granite vs quartz, however, there is a marginal winner.

Granite is 100% natural and sliced directly from quarries. It is simply cut to size and honed down until smooth and ready for installation. Quartz, on the other hand, is 97% natural due to the requirement of colour pigments and polymer resins.

3. Maintenance
Stone may sound like it should be maintenance-free, but that isn’t the case. Both quartz and granite need to be maintained in order to look their best and last as long as possible. In this battle, granite requires more maintenance than quartz.

Quartz, for example, does not need to be sealed to prevent absorbency. Granite, on the other hand, must be sealed during installation and then again on a regular basis.

4. Durability
Quartz is engineered stone which has its flaws engineered out during manufacture. With the inclusion of resins, quartz countertops are far less likely to stain and rarely suffer from cracks.

Granite, as we now know, is 100% natural, and is therefore subject to imperfections. There is of course beauty in imperfection, but it is worth noting that granite does stain as a result. Red wine is a common culprit.

5. Radon
There have been a number of media scares about radon gas and while it is true that it can be found in granite and quartz, the magazine Consumer Reports confirmed that scientists found ‘almost no radon’ in granite tops and ‘very little’ in quartz.

So, they’re both perfectly safe!

Conclusion
As we note at the top of this post, the choice of granite or quartz for your countertop will largely be down to personal preference, but we hope the above battle will have helped you lean towards one in particular. Whichever you chose, both granite and quartz are fantastic materials which will continue to impress you for years to come.

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