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What is the difference between quartz and granite?

Quartz and granite are two popular materials used for kitchen worktops. While both are aesthetically pleasing and durable, there are some key differences you should consider when choosing the right type of surface for your kitchen.

Granite is a strong and beautiful natural material that although favourable with some, may not actually be the best worktop for your kitchen. This type of surface includes a considerable level of maintenance as it’s prone to staining. It’s also a porous material that needs resealing annually, sometimes more frequently, in order to protect it from moisture and bacteria. And despite being able to withstand high temperatures, natural materials like granite can sometimes contain hidden fissures that could become problematic after thermal shock. No matter what your surface, Caesarstone always recommends using a trivet to place hot kitchenware on in order to protect your countertops.

Quartz, on the other hand, is an engineered material made by combining crushed quartz with resin binders. Manmade materials such as this allow for more versatility with regards to colours and styles. This in turn gives you much more choice to find the perfect worktop for your kitchen. Quartz is even more durable than granite and requires much less maintenance as it doesn’t stain as easily. Additionally, quartz worktops often have a longer warranty period than their granite counterparts. At Caesarstone, we offer a lifetime warranty on many of our quartz and porcelain worktops making them an ideal choice for your new kitchen worktop.