Granite vs Quartz?
Which work surface comes out on top?
There are so many components that make up a kitchen, Bathroom or bedroom, it is often a daunting task for clients to get their heads around all of the different materials that are on offer and the pros and cons of each of them. In the coming months, we intend to write a series of helpful blogs that answer some of the questions customers most often ask when visiting our showroom.
This week we are going to focus on the question of Granite Vs Quartz! What’s the difference, which one is better and what are the cost differences?
What’s the difference?
The key difference between granite and quartz is granite is a completely natural product whereas quartz is man made using crushed granite/quartz and then suspending it in resin. This difference means they both have unique traits.
Granite is a piece of stone, quarried in different parts of the world and shipped to the UK for fabrication.
Being a natural product it has natural variation and a natural beauty. Depending on your own views on natural products, variation in colour may be a positive or a negative. In our view it’s a little of both. As a general rule there is less variation in some of the darker granites (with the exception of cosmic black) and more variation in the lighter colours. The danger with granite variation is that you cannot always guarantee that the worktops will look like the sample you have seen in the showroom which can lead to disappointment. Having said that, there is nothing more striking than worktops with unique variation giving a naturally beautiful effect to the stone
Another factor to consider with granite is its porous nature. As granite is a natural stone, it is possible to stain it! It is widely known that marble stains and is not really suitable for kitchens but it is a bit of a misconception that granite does not stain. When granite is polished, it does seal the worktops to a degree but fabricators will not guarantee granite against staining as it is a possibility, however less likely the darker the granite is.
As a general rule, granite tends to cost a little less than quartz. The most expensive granites are more costly than the cheapest quartz on the market but from a starting point, the cheapest granite will be less expensive than the cheapest quartz
Another misconception is that granite is heat resistant and scratch resistant. This is definitely not the case. Repeatedly putting hot pans on the surface will eventually tarnish the stone and with knives on the market that will literally cut through tin, it’s always recommended that a chopping board is used as granite will scratch.
- Natural product and there’s nothing like the real thing
- Depending on your taste, variation can be a plus
- Costs slightly less than quartz
- The stone you get may vary from the sample you’ve seen
- Granite can stain
- Not heat and scratch resistant
Quartz is a manmade product. Crushed granite is combined with a resin and then poured into slab sizes to create man made stone. There are many benefits to this process so we’ll look at each one in turn.
Quartz has uniformity of colour. Because it is manmade, there is a high degree of control over the look of the finished product. Although there is some slight variation, it is usually barely noticeable and we can confidently say that what you see sample wise, is what you get.
Another benefit of the process is that different agents can be added to the product during its manufacture.
Colour is added and on the most part these colours are replicating natural stone colours but there is also the ability to create colours that aren’t naturally found in stone like lime green and magenta
Stain resistant product is added to the resin which makes quartz highly resistant to everyday stains.
If you choose quartz from Bespoke Interiors, the brand of quartz on offer is Silestone by Cosentino. The reason we choose Silestone instead of other quartz manufacturers is down to the service and quality of their product. They are market leaders and are constantly paving the way for innovation in the industry. Silestone also add an anti-bacterial agent to the process which is yet another benefit of their quartz
Quartz however does tend to be a little more costly than granite alternatives. It also loses some of the natural beauty associated with granite work surfaces.
- Uniformity of colour. What you see is what you get!
- Highly stain resistant
- Bacteria resistant (silestone)
- Larger range of colour choices
- Does not have the natural beauty of granite
- More costly than granite
From our perspective there are fewer cons and greater pros to quartz than there are with granite and with current trends of light coloured work surfaces, that stain resistant feature is a real plus with quartz. This reflects in our sales with 77% of our stone surface clients choosing quartz instead of granite.
At the end of the day they’re both great products and both luxury surfaces so the choice will always come down to which stone gives you the wow factor!
Hopefully the information in this blog will make that decision a little easier.