Granite or Quartz Worktops?

Quartz or granite worktop – Which is the more practical option?
They both radiate opulence, style and sophistication, so how can we possibly decide between a quartz worktop and a granite one? Whilst owning a beautiful looking kitchen is not only a pleasure to be in and can put thousands on the value of your house, the practicality of a room should not be overlooked, particularly in a kitchen.
So if your kitchen is going to be the source of some ingenious culinary masterpieces – and shouldn’t all kitchens be – you may want to take a look at the following ‘practicality’ points regarding both granite and quartz worktops.

Granite more vulnerable to staining

It has to be said that whilst both these materials are highly durable and resistant they are by no means entirely resistant to stains with granite being particularly vulnerable to staining. Put simply, the more highly polished the worktops are, the better sealed they are, and are less prone to becoming stained.

Naturally a kitchen needs to be kept clean as hygiene is a priority when it comes to preparing food. Whilst both granite and quartz worktops can be cleaned fairly easily, a quality quartz surface will keep its polish with less effort on your behalf. It is also important to avoid using strong chemicals such as bleach, as abrasive chemicals may damage both quartz and granite surfaces.

Heat damage

Whilst both these materials may be significantly more resistant and tougher than many unnatural kitchen surfaces, they are not resilient against being burnt and if you place a hot pan directly onto the surface, the chances are it will scold. Avoid this potential problem by using a trivet to place any hot pots and pans on.