Quartz and Granite, what's the difference?
Article By Steven Tyler
What is Granite?
Granite is formed in the ground by the fusion of 3 natural minerals: Feldspar, Quartz and Mica. These minerals occur in different proportions and it is this that gives each slab of granite its own colour, texture and unique characteristics.
The advantages of Granite:
- 100% Natural
- Touch and durable
- Markings in the stone are unique
- Many manufactures will let you choose which slab your worktops are cut from, ensuring a consistent quality
The disadvantages of Granite:
- It is porous, therefore susceptible to staining
- Needs to be sealed annually to prevent staining
- No suitable for use in kosher kitchens due to porosity
- Not as durable or heat resistant as Quartz
- Comes in a limited range of colours
What is Quartz?
Unlike Granite, which is 100% natural, Quartz is a semi natural man made product. Quartz is made by mixing the natural mineral quartz with various resins, polymers and pigments. The ratio of these ingredients is approximately 90% quartz to 10% resins, polymers and pigments.
The most popular brands of Quartz are Silestone, Caesarstone, Compac, Unistone and Cimistone.
The advantages of Quartz:
- More durable and heat resistant than granite Quartz is 100% non porous, so it's almost impossible to stain.
- 100% non porous, so it's almost impossible to stain.
- Quartz is suitable for use in a kosher kitchen due to it's non porous properties.
- Available in an almost unlimited choice of colours and finishes.
- Never has to be sealed like Granite.
The disadvantages of Quartz:
- Quartz is not 100% natural like granite.
- Perceived by some people as being characterless due to the consistency of markings.
- Unlike granite there's no point in choosing your exact slab as all slabs will look identical.
- Can vary in quality dependent on the brand chosen.