At Norfolk Granite Works, we offer both granite and quartz worktops and countertops. We often get asked which one is best. My answer is always ‘Go for what you like’ as they both look amazing, and both will last.
There are some key differences between the two materials, but both make beautiful kitchen worktops, and really the choice is down to you and your specific circumstances.
Read on to find out the key areas where there’s a difference between granite and quartz – and how to use them to help you choose the right option for you.
Origin of the material
The first major difference between granite and quartz is in the origin of the material. While both granite and quartz are natural, organic materials, the provenance of the worktops are different. Granite worktops are formed from pieces of naturally mined granite which are cut into slabs, every piece is different as it is 100% natural. The colour you choose dictates where in the world it comes from.
On the other hand, quartz worktops are manufactured from a compound of natural quartz and resin. Quartz is a man-made product and is manufactured with an exact pattern running through it. This means the colour doesn’t vary across the batch it was manufactured in. Therefore, we can guarantee colour and pattern.
Range of colours available
As we’ve just mentioned, quartz worktops are manufactured, meaning there are more colours and styles available. The resin that’s added to these worktops has pigments of different colours, allowing the creation of uniform styles and patterns.
Because granite is natural, there are less options in terms of colour choices. However, the wide range of locations in which granite is found mean there are still plenty of options!
Perfect vs. unique
One of the most important differences between granite and quartz is a result of the manufactured vs. natural split. Granite is a natural product – as with any organic product, there can be variation in colour and pattern, even among slabs produced from the same place. Many people do see this as a positive, as their granite worktop is unique to their home. You can go down to our importers and choose the slabs you would like in your kitchen. Which adds to the excitement of buying your luxurious worktop.
By comparison, the man-made nature of quartz worktops means there are no variations in the colour or pattern. If you want a perfect, uniform pattern, quartz worktops are the choice for you.
The durability of both types of worktop is similar. Quartz worktops are naturally non-porous, while granite ones have to be sealed once a year. Both high-quality worktops are very resistant to stains, spills and normal kitchen use. Granite worktops do typically need resealing, but this is a quick process which takes around 10 minutes.
Although both types of worktop are scratch resistant, we recommend using worktop protectors or chopping boards to preserve the impeccable finish of your kitchen. Either type can be damaged if something heavy were to fall on them – so do be careful.
Both types of worktop require only a limited amount of maintenance and cleaning. Just warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner is perfect to wipe up spills and keep them clean. It’s worth wiping up any spills quickly, as you would with any other surface, as some liquids may cause discolouration if allowed to pool on the counter for a long time.
However, this is where quartz will shine over granite. As if you have a nasty spill, you can use normal kitchen sprays, rather than soapy water. One of my favourites at the moment is ‘elbow grease’ which is a cleaner and degreaser that brings the quartz up a treat. On granite if this happens, you can use them. We do recommend you wipe on, and off very quickly.
Hopefully this has given you a good sense of the differences between quartz and granite and whether you want something precise and perfectly patterned, or a genuinely unique material. It really is up to you.
Looking for some help choosing the perfect worktop for your kitchen? Get in touch with Norfolk Granite Works’ expert team. We always welcome a visit so you can see both in their scant sheets. This gives a real feel for the pattern, and you can take as many samples as you would like!