Granite is extremely popular for kitchen and bathroom worktops, being incredibly strong and resilient, whilst maintaining an elegant appearance. When considering granite worktops it is important to explore all the options available, which include natural granite and engineered granite known as quartz surfaces, before you make your final choice.
Natural granite, mined straight from the ground, has a crystalline structure. Tiny pits exist between the mineral crystals, and the stone holds natural fissures. These fissures may appear to be cracks or structural defects, however they are simply a feature of the stones composition and do not hinder its durability in any way. In fact they are regarded as part of the stone’s natural beauty. Slabs of natural granite are entirely different in appearance, featuring unique patterns and colours, known as the ‘movement’. Be aware that granite showroom samples may be different to those from the warehouse, with different colour variances. Natural granite surfaces must be sealed, otherwise the surface will absorb liquids and become damaged, and should be re-sealed every three years.
Quartz stone worktops in the UK are made of 7% resin binders and pigments and 93% quartz. Their strength is equal to that of granite yet they are easier to maintain. Quartz surfaces are resistant to mould and mildew, ideal for kitchen and bathroom worktops. Unlike natural granite the man-made nature of quartz means that they constructed with a uniform appearance, with colours and patterns remaining consistent. Although natural granite has a higher heat resistance, quartz surfaces are easier to repair, and if maintained correctly will last for years.
Both granite and quartz surfaces are a first-rate choice for kitchen and bathroom worktops, and as long as they are properly maintained either choice will make a practical and elegant choice.