Refurnishing your kitchen can be done once every ten years or more and can be an expensive move. In order for you not to waste time, money, and effort, you should choose carefully the right choices.
The usual problem in designing a kitchen is choosing the best material for a countertop which is usually chosen between quartz or granite.
The question is asked so often because it does not have a straightforward answer. Both have pro’s and both have con’s. Eventually it will come down to personal choice, but having an informed idea of what both can offer will only be an advantage.
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Starting the comparison with price, it is true that both quartz and granite are top of the range for worktops and therefore command the higher end of the price scale. Comparing both prices results to the quartz being more expensive.
What are they made from?
Granite is a natural stone that is taken directly from the ground. It is usually taken in large slabs then deliver them to the manufacturers who can crash them into smaller slabs and finally polish them up. Because it is natural, no two slabs will be the same. Each one will be unique and patterns can change within an individual slab.
Quartz is also a raw material that is from the ground. Quartz differ from granite since quartz is nixed with a resin generally with ratio of 9 quartz is to 1 resin. This process is done so that the pore-like holes that exist in the quartz will be filled smoothly making the product with less susceptible to stains and strengthen the material. Because of the resins added to the quartz, the manufacturer can produce consistent patterns and a wider variety of color.
Both materials are at the top end for kitchen design since they have both unique properties that make them better compared to the rest for this application. Heat and scratch resistance is not a problem for these two materials.
The difference between granite and quartz is that granite is more prone to bacteria since it is usually in its natural form that has pores in the surface. If you want to choose granite, you can re-seal the it periodically practically once a year in order to avoid bacterias. Although this is not a difficult or particularly time consuming task (usually up to an hour), disregarding it will leave your worktops susceptible to staining. Quartz does not need this kind of maintenance therefore it is easier to maintain the properties of quartz.
Things to remember.
You should get what you pay for is a general rule for a kitchen countertop. Granite surfaces is a little cheaper than quartz countertops. However, the cheaper variants will usually come in much thinner slabs. Scratches and chippings are more usual to these kinds.