In the UK, Kitchen and bathroom worktops made from stone such as granite, Compac Quartz and Compac Marmol are generally favoured because they are durable and easy to clean.
Although when it comes to toughness, all stone products have proven themselves highly effective, there is often a debate about whether granite worktops or quartz worktops are strongest. This debate has largely arisen because granite and quartz can each lay claim to their own particular strengths that other worktop materials find hard to match.
Granite, for example, is one of the hardest rocks found on the planet. Essentially consisting of cooled lava or magma, granite has already endured for millions of years in the ground, and there is no reason why this longevity should not continue in a bathroom or kitchen (although granite worktops do usually require sealing to prevent staining).
Quartz on the other hand is a mineral with a crystalline structure rendering it second only to precious gems such as diamonds for hardness. Furthermore, quartz stone worktops – such as those made from Compac Quartz – are made using an intense compacting process whereby quartz stone pieces are bonded together and hermetically sealed in an extremely resilient resin-based casing.
The question as to which is tougher – quartz or granite – is at the end of the day perhaps as tough to answer as the materials themselves.
Even though a piece of granite may occasionally contain the odd natural flaw, both types of worktop, if professionally fitted by Guild of Master Craftsmen members, and treated with respect, should have the capacity to last a lifetime.