27 July 2018
Quartz vs Granite Worktops
The worktop material decision
When you are trying to create a new look or setting for your kitchen, selecting the perfect worktop can be difficult and time-consuming. The large selection of worktop materials can make it challenging to pick the right one for your lifestyle and space. Your ideal kitchen worktop should have a unique style, durability and require low maintenance. Considering these three key elements, let's narrow your search down to two of the main worktop materials, quartz and granite, both of which provide a wonderful solution that meets these ideal qualifications.
When deciding on what material to use for your kitchen worktop, you cannot go wrong with picking quartz or granite. Not only will these materials bring liveliness to your home but each provide their own benefits. Quartz worktops will provide you with maintenance advantages that nature itself is not able to, while granite requires higher maintenance. Neither quartz nor granite will disappoint in terms of overall look and style.
Quartz slabs come in different thicknesses and different slab sizes, the standard depth of a UK Kitchen is 30 mm however depending on the brand chosen the slabs also come in 20 mm and 12 mm thickness. The slab sizes are generally 3000 mm x 1300 mm but some brands also come in Jumbo slab format 32000 mm x 1550 mm.
Quartz worktops are fabricated from natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the Earth, and small amounts of glass or metallic flecks are added to create variety, resulting in beautiful worktops. Other advantage of quartz is that it is a non-porous material, its texture does not allow bacteria to grow and resists against stains, protecting your family and making kitchen clean-up easy. For this reason, quartz worktops never need to be sealed.
Aside from the durability that quartz provides, this material is beautiful and its wide variety of colour options are sure to catch your eye. Your options are nearly endless as quartz ranges from natural colours such as whites, blacks and browns to other colours such as golds or blues. The design of a quartz worktop not only brings character to your kitchen but offers performance advantages that exceed other traditional materials.
Another one of the most commonly used materials for worktops is granite. Like quartz, this material is also very resilient. Granite is a natural rock that is cut in its natural state and is then polished for use in homes. Maintenance after each use is suggested to prevent staining with granite. To clean granite, use warm water and soap to help keep its shine.
Such a strong material is difficult to scratch and is able to resist temperature changes. Because it is natural stone, granite doesn’t provide as wide of a range of colour options and each piece is different, therefore, often times kitchens need to be planned around the slab that is chosen. That being said, planning a kitchen around a granite worktop is not always a simple task.
Granite ideally every 12 months needs to be re-sealed to prevent it from staining. Some granite's, usually the lighter colours, are more porous than the dark ones like blacks so definitely need more care.
Granite slabs come in many sizes depending on the colour chosen, if you need any advice on what is available then contact our sales team and we can see what slab formats are available at the time of your enquiry. The slab thickness in Granite is 30 mm or 20 mm.