If you’re considering a kitchen makeover you might want to consider both granite and quartz options for your worktop. But what do you see are the main differences between a quartz worktop and granite worktop?
Granite worktops start life as huge stones which are then quarried naturally from the earth. After they leave the quarry the stones are then cut and polished into the familiar worktop shape.
Quartz worktops contain crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin. They can be manufactured in a variety of different patterns and colours.
An in-depth look at the pros and cons of a quartz worktop
As with granite, a quartz worktop also has its own benefits and drawbacks.
A quartz worktop is just as strong as granite but has the added benefit of being more flexible. This makes it easier to work with during the installation process. Even though, these worktops need to be professionally installed and quartz is even heavier than granite.
Quartz worktop is non-porous and also stain-resistant, so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a quick cleanup. Quartz offers a virtually no-maintenance material solution for worktops.
One drawback to note is that some quartz worktops can discolour over time when exposed to direct sunlight. This is generally a feature though of older generations of quartz worktop. Modern factory processed quartz worktops do not show this colour difference.
You can expect to see seams with a quartz worktop but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that’s darker in colour. In addition, the seams are easier to hide when you choose quartz because the worktop has been coloured and manufactured. If you buy a quartz worktop in a solid colour, it’s much easier to hide the seam. With granite, the natural veins and colours in the stone will never allow the seams to appear less visible.
The benefits and drawbacks of granite
Since granite stones are a natural product they are not perfectly designed. For some this will be a benefit while others will consider it to be a drawback.
Granite worktops will need to be sealed before they are used and this will need to be repeated year after year for as long as you own the worktop. Granite is a porous stone and can only be considered to be stain-resistant if it has been sealed properly. While some people only seal their granite worktops every 3 years, it’s best to do it yearly. If for any reason the sealant on the worktop gets compromised, your worktop can get stained.
Worktops made of granite are extremely durable but should not be considered to be indestructible. It is a natural rock and can break or chip if subjected to heavy abuse. For regular day-to-day activities though, and with proper maintenance, this is a worktop that can last for a lifetime.
It’s impossible to hide the seams in a granite worktop. Expect the seams to show up once it has been installed.
The samples that you see can slightly differ from the stone that you receive. Keep in mind that these are naturally occurring slabs so the samples cannot be a true 100% reflection of the stone you are ordering. There may be colour variances or occlusions in the stone you receive that gives the slab a slightly different appearance.
Comparing the cost of granite versus quartz worktop
This can be the biggest consideration when it comes to choosing between a quartz worktop and one that’s made of granite.
In most cases you’ll end up paying more for granite. Prices can vary according to the manufacturer, the pattern and the colour of the granite slab. Fortunately, during recent years, the prices on granite worktops have come down significantly since they first made their appearance on the market.
Granite can often end up costing a bit more than quartz since it is a natural rock. This means that the complete slab needs to be excavated from the earth as one chunk of stone. This extraction along with the shipping of the product consumes a lot of energy, time and ultimately money. When it comes to granite slabs, you’ll need to be willing to pay the price for a thicker piece. The thinner the granite is, the weaker it will be as well.
All in all, you may have to pay slightly more for granite, but the cost difference won’t be all that significant. The important thing is to choose a budget and then do your best to stay within it by choosing the quartz or granite stone that you think will look fantastic displayed in your kitchen.
Adding to the value of your home
Adding a stone worktop to your home will definitely increase its value. While there are a lot of upgrades and renovations you can do that will not contribute to the overall home’s value, a good granite or quartz worktop will raise the price value. You can expect to get back the value of your purchase when you resell your house later on. Adding a new natural stone worktop can also help your home sell faster.
So which one should you choose?
The one that you find the most aesthetically pleasing, fits into your budget and highlights the mood and ambiance you are trying to create in your kitchen. Because when it comes down to it, there really is no wrong choice. There’s just personal preference. But whichever you end up choosing, either quartz or granite stones will provide you with a worktop that you’ll love!
To view a selection of Deson’s extensive quartz samples, click here. If its natural stone you’re after, we can recommend R and A Fabrications in Ringwood or Shawstone in Fareham, both in Hampshire, UK.