Given the increasing popularity of quartz surfaces in UK homes, some commentators have surmised that quartz must be replacing granite as the more popular choice for kitchen and bathroom worktops. This however is an over-simplification.
Whilst it is true that the benefits of quartz stone worktops are becoming more familiar to householders who are looking to improve their bathroom or kitchen, granite worktops can still generate strong interest from many others.
These two highly regarded materials – granite and quartz – need to be viewed as possessing equally valid properties which rise above the inadequacies of less robust and more impractical types of worktop materials such as laminates or acrylics.
However, the important differences between granite and quartz mean simply that householders will always have a choice when it comes to fitting a quality worktop.
Granite is taken out of the ground in one piece and bears all the unique hallmark randomness of nature in its colouring and patterns. When polished, these colours and patterns reveal a unique warmth and depth that is extremely difficult to replicate synthetically.
Although extremely tough and scratch-resistant, granite worktops require periodic sealing in order to stay impermeable to staining from liquids.
Quartz worktops on the other hand are produced by combining many pieces of quartz; a small amount of resin; and a dye colour. The resulting quartz product – one popular variant of which is known as Compac Quartz – is both extremely tough and resistant to staining without the need for sealing. It also has a more uniform colour and pattern than granite.