Quartz and granite are both rightly considered to be in the ‘premier league’ when it comes to materials for kitchen and bathroom worktops.
When choosing between quartz and granite worktops, however, it can sometimes be necessary to examine the finer points of each. Relative flexibility is one characteristic which most experts agree swings the argument firmly in favour of quartz.
All stone worktops of course – quartz included – are not as flexible as worktops made from lesser quality materials such as acrylics and laminates.
As a result of this relative inflexibility, both quartz and granite – although extremely tough and literally capable of lasting a lifetime – can very occasionally crack or chip under severely inappropriate manhandling, such as standing on the worktops, or carrying out an over-forceful or clumsy installation.
Of the two types of worktop, however, quartz worktops – including caesarstone worktops and worktops made from Compac Quartz – have been shown to have the edge over granite when it comes to flexibility.
This is because quartz worktops are made by binding pure quartz pieces together using a small quantity of epoxy resin – the polymer chains of which are relatively pliable.
Although this advantage is relatively small, it can make an important difference for any householders concerned about the future possibility of the settling, expansion, or contraction of their homes’ infrastructure.
There are several other subtle differences between quartz and granite and it is worth talking to experts before deciding on the right choice for your home.