If you are in the market for a new kitchen worktop, you may be wondering whether quartzite or granite is the better choice. Both materials have their pros and cons, but in the end, it comes down to personal preference. In this comprehensive guide, we will take a look at both quartzite and granite so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing.
Quartzite is a metamorphic rock composed almost entirely of natural quartz. Granite, on the other hand, is an igneous rock that is formed underground when magma cools. This allows large crystals of minerals to develop, which give granite its colour.
Find out the main differences between the two in this article!
Quartzite is a popular choice for homeowners looking for neutral tones. Often found in whites and light greys, quartzite is sometimes compared to marble in terms of appearance. Like quartzite, the colour variations in granite are dependent on the minerals that the granite is formed from. Colours can range anywhere from black, white and brown to blue, red and even green. Granite will have various crystals throughout the stone instead of veining, which is common in quartzite. There are more styles and colours to choose from with granite, compared to quartzite.
Quartzite and granite are both completely natural materials.
Both quartzite and granite will need sealing prior to use and are likely to need to be resealed periodically (usually 1-2 times a year). Both stone types will last for many years with proper care and regular maintenance.
As both quartzite and granite are on the harder side of natural stone materials, both are exceptionally durable. Quartzite is highly resistant to scratching and chipping, but staining can be a problem if the surface is not resealed regularly. If left for long enough, acids (lemons, for example) will also cause etching. Granite, on the other hand, can withstand a lot of use and can be used as a cutting surface, although repetitive cutting could dull and potentially damage your knives, it is highly susceptible to etching from acidic materials. Generally speaking, Quartzite is less porous than granite, making it a better choice for areas that may come into contact with spills or food.
Quartzite is considered more UV resistant than granite, so if your worktop gets a lot of natural light, or if you’re looking at installing an outdoor kitchen, we’d recommend choosing quartzite to minimise fading.
Soap and water work best as a cleaner for both quartzite and granite. Material specific surface cleaners will also work, but granite is more susceptible to damage if cleaned with harsh cleaners such as vinegar, bleach or Windex.
Both quartzite and granite are heat-resistant materials. However, whilst you can place hot dishes on the surface, we do recommend using trivets or similar as an extra source of protection.
On the whole, granite tends to cost less than quartzite. However, this does depend on the rarity of the granite or the quartzite that you’re after – naturally, the rarer the stone, the more expensive it is.