When it comes to deciding which countertop material to use in the kitchen, homeowners are left with a difficult choice. If you’ve been browsing interior design websites for ideas or devouring Pinterest for inspiration, you’ve probably realised that your choice really comes down to choosing between two materials; quartz and granite.
Granite is a natural stone. It’s probably one of the most popular countertop materials available. On the other hand, quartz is a manufactured composite that has similar features to stone. It has recently become a lot more popular.
If you’re having trouble choosing between quartz and granite, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a guide that compares the two, in the hope that it will help you decide which is the right one for you.
The appearance of the material is probably the most important to people and definitely comes down to personal choice. Which one looks better will be a matter of opinion, but both of them have their advantages.
Granite has a more natural look, which means it never has a uniformed appearance. The fact that it is mined from pure stone as large, single sheets is the reason for why no two slabs are exactly the same. A lot of people like this about granite, as it provides them with a unique look for their kitchen countertops.
Because quartz is manufactured, it is available in an array of different colours. They can be made to be the exact colour, texture and size that you want. This is the reason for why many prefer quartz over granite.
The price will depend on your individual requirements, as well as the place where you purchase the material from. As a natural rock, granite is often seen as being more expensive than quartz, but the prices have started to drop recently.
The price of any of the materials will depend on the colour and texture of your chosen worktop, so it’s always worth checking out the prices for both. As a whole, you shouldn’t find the price difference between them too significant.
When choosing between the two materials, one of the most important things to consider is the durability. Which is more likely to resist damage? Which will withstand the abuse that we sometimes unintentionally inflict on our kitchen counters?
Quartz counters tend to be a lot more durable than granite countertops. This is because they are manufactured – the flaws are engineered out at the beginning. Therefore, it’s a lot less likely to crack over the years.
Granite isn’t a weak material; it’s very much equipped to resist cracking and chipping. It’s definitely the most durable natural countertop material available. However, it does stain easier than quartz.
Both should last you between 20-50 years, depending on how well you take care of your countertops.
At the end of the day, the choice is completely yours. There are pros and cons for choosing both of the materials – it always comes down to individual opinions.
Granite House specialise in both quartz and granite worktops in Cheshire. With over 30 years of experience in providing high quality worktops for your home, you can trust us to find the right one to suit your individual needs.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 01704 228574 and we will be more than happy to help.