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Granite or Quartz – which should you choose?

Many customers come into the showrooms flummoxed about Granite and Quartz. Is one better than the other? Well let me explain…

Granite is quarried. It comes straight out of our beautiful planet earth as one huge chunk. It is then cut into slabs and honed down and transported all over the world. Specifically to Luton in our case where our excellent stone-mason Cristian has his workshop.

Quartz or quartz composite (the full name) is man-made. It is normally 93% quartz mixed with 7% resin. It can be manufactured to produce an array of colours and patterns.

From this description which do you prefer? Granite or quartz? Not too sure, us neither so let me continue…

Granite needs to be sealed. Our stone mason does this for you as a matter of course before installing. We then recommend sealing every 1-3 years.

Quartz is less porous than granite, nevertheless Cristian will still seal your quartz prior to installation.

Both are extremely durable, much more so than their wood or laminate counterparts.

Decided yet? Granite or quartz? Nope, us neither…

Seams are sometimes less visible in quartz because they can be manufactured to a solid colour. The natural veins and colour may make seams more visible in granite but then some see the natural look as its beauty. Every piece of granite in the world is unique.

Granite and quartz cost roughly the same depending on the colour and pattern.

Here are some examples of quartz kitchen worktops and bathroom vanity units:

Iskender Quartz Bathroom Vanity Unit

Blanco Zeus Quartz Kitchen Worktop

Koan Quartz Kitchen Worktop

And here’s an example of a granite kitchen worktop:

Nero Absoluto Granite Kitchen Worktop

On instagram you can catch a glimpse of my own black flamed granite kitchen worktop:

Jimmy just turned up at ours with a "few" ales. #brixtonbrewery #brixton

(As you can see we love Brixton Brewery at home – please drink responsibly!)

My kitchen #patchwork #tapestrytiles #icantbelieveitsnotbuddah #castelnautiles #granite #flamedgraniteworktop #worktop #ceramictiles #kitchen #backsplash #porcelaintiles

And my black honed granite bathroom vanity unit:

My lovely bathroom. Metro tiles with grey grout. Black honed granite vanity top. All supplied by Tile Studio Esher (of course). Mirrors and radio from John Lewis.

NB: ‘Flamed’ and ‘honed’ are two different finishes to the same type of granite. Both are matt finishes but ‘flamed’ is textured, while ‘honed’ is smooth. And many other finishes are available as well as these.

To sum up, we can’t decide on granite or quartz!  We love them equally here at Castelnau. John and Jo have granite in their homes and Liam has quartz. We think it is a matter of personal preference because we can’t sing either of their praises enough. Both granite or quartz have that WOW factor and can be a real statement piece in your kitchen as a worktop or equally as your bathroom vanity unit. And there is absolutely no question about their durability.

In the Esher showroom we have lots of samples of both. I’m sure you’ll find the one you like, be it granite or quartz.

I tidied up the granite & quartz samples. Love a bit of colour coordination.

As far as we are concerned there is no correct answer! Granite or Quartz – it’s totally up to you!

Without further ado it’s time for some music. Courtesy of Toro y Moi: Rose Quartz

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