How to Decide Between Granite & Quartz Worktops
Let’s face it, granite isn’t cheap but it is an amazing investment for your home. Those who own granite, more often than not want the worktop and their kitchen to look their best. It’s for this reason that granite care and maintenance is paramount. With a granite worktop looking great, you can guarantee the rest of your kitchen will immediately be elevated, looking just as fantastic. With this in mind we thought we’d put together this post to explain exactly how to clean granite and keep it in tip-top shape.
suppliers of quartz and granite worktops in Essex
Here at The Only Way Is Granite, suppliers of quartz and granite worktops in Essex, it’s fair to say that we’re big fans of both. They’re both incredible materials, both popular in their own rights and for multiple reasons. They both offer a plethora of benefits from aesthetics to functionality but the question is, which one is best for you?
Which stone worktop is best suited to your household
So many clients come to The Only Way Is Granite with one particular material in mind, only for that decision to be thrown into question when they encounter the other option. Today we’re not looking at Quartz vs. Granite; rather which material would be better suited to you. So if you’re looking for kitchen worktops in Essex and can’t decide between the two, read on.
1. Durability Of quartz and granite
Granite: tough is Granite’s middle name. People love it for the simple fact that it’s so hard wearing. It’s also durable in terms of its value too as it tends to keep its value, not depreciating like other stones can. In fact, a granite worktop would easily help boost the value of your property thanks to its market appeal.
Quartz: if we were to compare, you could say that quartz is just as durable as granite but it has one advantage over granite in that it doesn’t crack or chip quite so easily. This may perhaps make it better in a busier home where knocks and bumps are more likely.
2. Resistance of the worktops
Granite: when it comes to stains, granite doesn’t have a problem resisting them as it doesn’t absorb liquids – as long as it’s sealed properly to prevent this. Professionally sealed annually or in some cases, every couple of years and you’ll find your quartz worktop remains stain free for the duration. You’ll also find it making light work of hot pans and plates being accidentally placed on top of it due to its heat resistant properties.
Quartz: quartz ups the anti somewhat when it comes to being stain resistant as it doesn’t have any capillary channels whatsoever, making it highly stain resistant. While they’re also very heat resistant, quartz does fall victim to thermal shock and fracture when hot pans straight from the oven are placed on to it.
3. Worktop Maintenance
Granite: granite has a lot of benefits as it is super low maintenance, requiring no special products, simply the avoidance of harsh chemicals. The only way it differs to quartz is that it requires sealing to keep it looking great and protected. If you want to give it a deep clean, you can use a steamer, something we wouldn’t advise doing on quartz. When it comes to granite, aftercare is important to maintain the value and appearance of your investment.
Quartz: quartz is super easy to maintain as it needs no sealing and simply requires a wipe down with warm soapy water and a gentle cloth. This will keep it looking new for years.
The Decision Is Yours
When it comes to kitchen worktops, the decision is yours. Both would suit any home environment however, of course, some are suited to different environments more than others. Big cookers and bakers would perhaps prefer granite’s better heat resistance however, if you do have a particularly busy home, then quartz may be better suited to potential knocks and bumps that occur in everyday family life. If you’re simply looking at it as an investment however, then granite is by far the most suited option. Whatever it is you’re looking for, whether granite or quartz worktops in Essex, simply contact us today.
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And last but not least, ensure your granite worktops are professionally sealed by experts such as ourselves, every year. Stick to these simple rules and abide by the above cleaning tips and we guarantee your granite worktop will look amazing for years to come. For more granite worktop maintenance advice, simply contact us at The Only Way Is Granite today 01277 800 023.
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Dear The Only Way Is Granite Thank you for the new granite work tops recently installed. Your advice has been superb through out the whole process of who to use and what granite would be best. We feel that the choice we made when choosing you was without question one of the easiest parts of the whole purchasing scenario. Also we feel secure that you are quite local and that it gave us confidence that you visited in person. It gave us a person to come back to if we needed to. But once again I must let you know that we are extremely happy with you and your installation team.
Thank you for the recently fitted granite tops, you were right with the colour it does make the room look lighter and more spacious. It has totally transformed our kitchen, it’s like a new kitchen, we will be the envy of our neighbours!