Kitchen work tops and splash backs - Quartz v Granite
Whether you choose a traditional handmade shaker style painted kitchen or a contemporary state of the art German kitchen, a beautiful work top and splash back adds a final finishing touch of luxury and style. Not surprisingly Quartz and Granite splash backs and work tops re main a popular choice for many of our customers, Both hard wearing and equally beautiful, but what's the difference?
Quartz work surfaces and splash backs are made from a fantastic man-made composite material of 90 – 93% stone. Quartz is the most common mineral on earth, incredibly hard and durable only diamond, sapphire and topaz are harder minerals meaning It's hard wearing and heat resistant. As a man made product it's also stain resistant and easy to clean. Available in many colours including white it reflects the light beautifully in addition to highlighting the natural beauty of the stone with in. It is heat resistant to a degree but due to its composite nature care needs to be taken and we therefore recommend clients use trivets when dealing with hot pans, and oven dishes to protect their beautiful work top. The main benefit over Granite is the non-porous surface which requires no sealing and is therefore very low maintenance. Available and often used with smaller depths its the ideal solution for less chunky work tops and splash backs. It can also be a cost effective alternative to granite although the price is dependant on a number of factors including size and colour.
Granite like quartz is available in a vast array of beautiful colours from pale silvers to blacks with greens, blues oranges and browns in between. The natural patterns and patinas mean no two pieces will ever be the same, although a good supplier will ensure up-stands work tops and splash backs are matched beautifully and displays the natural grains, speckles and highlights. It is heat and scratch resistant. However, as a natural product it is slightly porous, so its best to buy granite that has been professionally sealed prior to installation. It must be cleaned with specialist non-acidic product or a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Regular maintenance and care will ensure your granite looks as good as the day it was installed. Not all Granites are the same, there are varying qualities available but don't be fooled by cheap prices. it really is worth investing in high quality granite, it will remain aesthetically pleasing for years to come, reflecting the warmth and natural beauty of the stone.