There are many alternatives for worktops – but customers often ask about the specific differences between granite and quartz worktops.
Unlike Granite, which is 100% natural, Quartz is man-made by mixing quartz – a natural mineral, with various other ingredients to determine the texture and colour. When we look at Silestone in particular the ratio of these ingredients is approximately 90% Quartz to 10% pigments, glass, mirror and resin. The quartz is sourced in granular form then mixed, cured, baked and polished to produce a wide variety of colours and textures.
Advantages of quartz worktops
Disadvantages of quartz
Advantages of granite worktops
We have installed quartz worktops from a number of suppliers and frequently clients chose Silestone. It has developed a variety of treatments and products beyond the original quartz. These include a range of Integrity sinks made from a single piece of Silestone quartz, and processes to enhance the colour, brightness and ease of cleaning (N-Boost). In addition to Silestone the manufacturer Cosentino also makes the Dekton range – a completely different type of surface made using tension and heat, not resin. This means hot pans can be put directly on it and it can be used indoors and outside. It is also UV, abrasion, chemical and heat resistant. Such new product development makes a good case for finding a quality supplier that specialises in producing a great product while developing it’s potential.