One of the most important decisions to make when renovating a kitchen is what material to use for your kitchen worktop. With so many alternatives available, some people find that choosing the perfect worktop material can sometimes be challenging and time-consuming.
Why? It’s because the vast selection of kitchen worktop materials makes it difficult to select the right one that will suit your taste and lifestyle. After all, you want your worktop to be durable with a unique sense of style that only requires minimal maintenance.
With this in mind, let’s focus on two of the most popular worktop materials, namely granite or quartz worktops. We will help you understand how they compare. Additionally, we will list the benefits for each in relation to what may be considered the ideal qualifications.
One of the most popular materials, granite is a 100% natural stone. It is quarried from the earth as enormous chunks of stone in its natural state and then cut and polished into the familiar worktop shape.
Such a durable material is hard to scratch and can withstand temperature changes. Moreover, because it is a natural stone, no two granite slabs are exactly alike, making each piece unique on its own.
However, as it is a porous material, it can only be deemed to be stain-resistant after being sealed properly. And cleaning after each use is highly recommended in order to prevent staining of the surface. Also, if the sealant on the counter gets compromised, your worktop can get stained over time. Therefore, it is recommended that granite worktops be resealed on a regular basis.
These worktops are made from engineered stone containing natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the Earth. Quartz countertops contain crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin. A few amounts of metallic or glass flecks can also be mixed in, as well as pigments, to produce a variety of different patterns and colours.
Unlike granite, quartz is a non-porous material. This means its texture does not allow germs and bacteria to grow. Therefore, it helps protect your family against various illnesses. It also does not require any sealing at all. This is an essential factor for people who want hassle-free maintenance.
As an engineered ‘stone’, this material has its flaws manufactured out. This means you won’t find any striations just waiting to crack open as you might see with granite. Quartz worktops are also less prone to staining due to the presence of the resins.
If you are looking for a natural and unique kitchen worktop, then granite may be the answer for you. But here are some of the most important drawbacks and benefits of granite that you need to know:
Apart from the sturdiness that quartz provides, this material has a wide variety of colour options to choose from. This not only brings style and character to your kitchen but also offers several advantages over other conventional materials.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal choice and preferences. But one thing you can be sure of is that either granite or quartz worktops are excellent choices and can provide you with a kitchen worktop that you’ll love!
Read also our feature on sintered stone, a new alternative which has many advantages too.