The kitchen worktop market has experienced a lot of growth in recent years, with the constant changing of kitchen design trends meaning that the demand for different surfaces has increased. Granite and quartz worktops are a very popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms alike, but what are the differences between the two? This article will look into the different features that these materials possess, and hopefully this will help you make a decision on which one is right for you.
GraniteGranite work tops are a natural stone worktop in the truest sense of the word. They are 100% natural, taken from the quarries they are found in. They then go through the preparation process where they are cut to size and then smoothed down. As they are 100% natural, each granite worktop will have its own unique patterns and markings, meaning that you truly have a one of a kind surface in your home. In terms of durability, granite is incredibly strong and resistant to damage. Owing to its natural characteristics, you may find that having your granite worktop sealed will provide even more resistance against moisture absorption. Granite may be one of the more expensive worktop materials, but you can be sure that if you choose the right type of granite, you are getting more than your money’s worth. You won’t have to worry about spending money on maintenance, and its resistance to bacteria and germs means that cleaning the surface requires little more than a wipe clean.
QuartzQuartz is very similar to granite in that it is a naturally occurring surface. However, it contains a slight artificial element to it, with it being 95% natural. This is because the natural elements of the stone are then mixed with colour pigments and polymer resins. The reason for the use of these resins is to bind the particles together. Unlike granite worktops, quartz worktops are available in almost any colour you desire, thanks to the artificial element involved in the preparation. Quartz is as strong if not stronger than granite, with its total resistance to moisture meaning that it does not have to be sealed in the same way granite does. Like granite, quartz is a more expensive choice for your worktop, but with this extra cost comes a level of strength, hygiene and durability that is unmatched by other materials.
Quartz and granite are brilliant choices for your home worktops and surfaces, and here at Touchstone we are proud stockists of the highest quality quartz and granite from leading manufacturers. Our team are highly trained with a wealth of experience in the supply and installation of a wide variety of worktops, so you can be sure that by choosing Touchstone, you are choosing the best possible service at excellent prices.
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If you would like to read more about Quartz and Granite Worktops you can read our other article The Difference Between Silestone & Granite Worktops