March 8, 2016
Although there are similarities between granite and quartz - they are both heavy and durable, and each slab is different - there are pros and cons to take into account when choosing which to use in your kitchen.
The major difference between granite and quartz is that granite is a natural stone whereas quartz is manmade.
Granite is formed when magma is cooled, and because of its natural origin it has unique characteristics. No two slabs will be the same, they all have their own colour and beauty, and may have varying shades of red, blue, grey, brown or black dependant on the mix of quartz and feldspar, and the environmental factors of where it was mined.
Granite is the preferred choice of people who like natural materials and colours, it represents style and quality and is seen to be a status symbol, though it is now more affordable and is seen in more kitchens than ever before.
Granite is very hardwearing and durable though it is porous so requires regular sealing to prevent staining.
Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made from 93% crushed quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments, and is available in a vast array of colours and finishes to match any décor. It is also available in sparkle finish which reflects the light beautifully. It is durable, and because it is non-porous it doesn’t need the same maintenance as granite.
Quartz is scratch and stain resistant, though the use of trivets is recommended to prevent heat damage.
(Note: The website “How Stuff Works” is a great resource for any home project you may be doing. Check out their “Granite: Pros and Cons” for more info.)