What Are Quartz & Granite?
WHAT IS GRANITE ?
Granite is a genuine quarried rock that is cut from a quarry rock face in a huge block, much like sandstone or marble. This block is delivered to the quarry's manufacturing facility, where it is divided into substantial slabs (sort of sliced, like a loaf of bread- see image).
After being polished on one side, these single slabs are reinserted into the block in the same order (in sequence so they match). After that, we and our suppliers receive the freshly cut blocks for resale.) The single "slabs" from a block are ultimately shaved down in size and shape to become the kitchen worktops installed in the homes of our customers.
WHAT IS QUARTZ ?
A form of gemstone comprised of silica and oxygen is called quartz. Crushed quartz is combined with resin in quartz worktops in a 93% quartz to 7% resin and colouring pigments ratio. Quartz slabs are produced in an enormous array of patterns and colours. Here are the fundamental steps in making it.
The raw components are first combined after being fed into mixers. After that, the mixture is put into a mould and cut into slab-sized pieces. The slab is then carried to the curing kiln and heated after being compressed using a specific vacuum and vibration technique under a pressure of 100 tonnes. The ultimate strength and solidity of quartz slabs come from this last stage of the manufacturing process. Then, slabs are calibrated, gauged, and polished to a flawless finish. There are a variety of surface finishes available, including suede, polished volcanic, and more, depending on the maker.
Quartz Surfaces Pros
- Granite countertops tend to be more durable than quartz countertops, which also have the advantage of being more flexible. They are more suited for longer worktop lengths because of this, particularly if they feature sizable cutouts for sinks and stoves.
- Additionally, working with quartz is typically simpler when it comes to installation.
- Quartz is non-porous and never needs to be sealed. A practically maintenance-free material option for countertops is quartz.
- Although quartz is exceedingly strong, it cannot be said to be indestructible. Dropping a glass of wine on it only requires a fast clean up because it is highly stain-resistant.
- Quartz comes in a wide range of hues and varieties. You can choose from a variety of basic, extremely contemporary colours that aren't offered in granite.
GRANITE SURFACES- PRO’S
- Quartz's polished surfaces don't look as glossy as granite's.
- Granite worktops typically cost the same as or less than group 1 or group 2 quartz, keeping prices down.
- Granite has a more diversified, bright, and distinctive pattern and colour palette than quartz.
- There are no two identical pieces of granite, so your surface will be distinctive from everyone else's.
- Granite is more heat-resistant than quartz, and while it isn't impervious to severe heat, it can withstand far more heat than quartz before suffering damage.
- Granite slabs can frequently be used to make more worktops than quartz slabs because they are typically larger. (keeping expenses even lower)
- Granite may be utilised outside for a long time without suffering negative impacts from weathering.
- Quartz still lacks the prestige of granite (although quartz is catching up)
- Granite's inherent properties, like its granular or patterned structure, make repairs for chips typically simple, successful, and well-hidden.