Is Granite Or Quartz More Popular For Kitchens In 2020?
So it’s time to remodel the kitchen. Maybe you are a homeowner, and feel like your kitchen needs a bit of a facelift, or maybe you own a rental property and wish to boost the property value through updating the facilities.
Either way, kitchen remodels are one of the most popular avenues of home renovation around. The kitchen, after all, is the heart and soul of a home, why wouldn’t you want it to be as cosy, welcoming, and efficient as possible?
Ever since the 1990s, granite has been the ‘king of the kitchen’ when it comes to the most popular kitchen worktop choice. With it’s classic, organic, and ‘earthy’ look, granite holds a certain appeal among homeowners for a reason.
However, in recent years, many home and property owners have been moving towards quartz as their material of choice. If you are about to begin the process of a kitchen renovation for yourself, you are likely going to come across this choice yourself at some point.
Choosing the right worktop material will always come down to a few factors, mainly:
So, with all of this in mind, which material of the two is more popular? Well, the short answer is that quartz has become far more commonplace in the kitchen renovation process in recent years; despite granite being so widely popular for decades.
But the reason why quartz is more popular in 2020 comes down to a long list of factors. Let’s talk about quartz vs. granite, and why more homeowners are choosing quartz in 2020.
On the surface, quartz and granite are very similar materials that the average buyer wouldn’t be able to identify a difference in aside from the general appearance.
However, that does not mean that you shouldn’t be taking into consideration the pros and cons of the material that you choose. After all, replacing worktops is an investment that you are likely going to live with for decades--you want to make sure you like it.
The primary difference between quartz and granite is the composition. Granite is a completely natural stone and is always cut in single slabs which are then treated and sealed to give different finishes and preserve the stone itself.
Quartz is a synthetically made product that is typically composed of around 95-97% ground quartz mineral, and 3-5% coloured binding resin.
So, while both are made of natural organic materials, granite is 100% natural and quartz is synthetically designed. However, the difference doesn't stop there.
Aside from both being made from elements that are found in the earth, quartz and granite are not very similar at all once you get down to the nitty-gritty details.
So, with that in mind, let’s attempt to break down a side-by-side comparison of how granite stacks up to quartz along with a multitude of factors.
First and foremost, let's talk about money. For many, the final £ count of their kitchen remodels matters more than almost anything. That makes sense! Kitchen remodels aren’t cheap, and not all of us can afford to have solid gold as a worktop material.
So, how does quartz compare to granite in terms of cost?
On the bottom end of the spectrum, quartz and granite are very similar in cost. In fact, for the most part, cheap granite can be had at a slightly lower cost than cheap quartz. However, as you go up in quality and detail, you are going to see that quartz is by far the better value.
Low-quality granite can be had for as little as £180. Sq metre. But On average, many homeowners end up paying far more than that once sealing, and installation costs are applied.
So, as you can see, when choosing higher quality material and detail work, you are going to get more bang for your buck with quartz in general. The edge in cost goes to quartz.
As mentioned earlier, granite is a single slab cut from 100% stone. Quartz is ground mineral bound by resin. So, how does that play into the longevity and durability of the product as a whole? After all, you are unlikely to want to have to replace your worktops any time soon after your remodel.
So it stands to reason that you would want the strongest material available for the wear and tear that the kitchen environment will put on it.
Let’s start with granite:
Granite is an incredibly tough stone--that’s why it is used for worktops, to begin with. However, granite is susceptible to imperfections and natural striations that occur in the stone which can potentially lead to chipping or cracking if the granite experiences a strong hit.
Besides, granite is naturally porous, which means that it can be more prone to absorbing oils or liquids that lead to staining. While granite worktops are usually treated and sealed to prevent this, it isn’t always 100% guaranteed to last forever.
Quartz, by comparison, holds up a lot better. Quartz does not include any natural striations or ‘weak spots’ that could lead to cracking over time.
Besides, the resin used to bind the quartz together is non-porous and therefore cannot absorb any substances that would lead to staining. This means that for the long-haul, quartz is more likely to maintain its original appearance better over time.
The overall look and appearance of the material are largely going to come down to personal preference. Truth be told, both quartz and granite can be exceptionally beautiful in their own ways.
However, they are both vastly different when it comes to appearance options and the overall aesthetic that the material will contribute to your worktop.
Let’s start with granite:
Granite is a fully natural material. This means that, much like wood, the actual appearance of the material is out of your control for the most part. Granite is going to look like granite, there is nothing that can be done about that.
Like black liquorice, you either love it or hate it. This also means that no two pieces of granite are ever the same, and no two slabs are going to be the same colour. While an expert will be able to match the colouration to near-identical, it won’t be exact when compared side-by-side.
Granite also comes in a small handful of colourations. Naturally, granite can be found in very muted earthy tones ranging from reds to blues, and even greens. There is still quite a bit of colouring option availability with granite, but you are going to be somewhat limited.
There are no direct ‘cons’ when it comes to appearance with granite. It simply boils down to whether you like the appearance of granite or not in general.
Because quartz is made synthetically, buyers are going to have far more options for appearance than those who choose granite. Quartz worktops can be made to resemble a wide range of textures and patterns ranging from marble to even granite itself.
While the resemblance won’t be exact to the original, it does still offer some variation for buyers to choose from.
Besides, the resin used to bind the ground quartz can be dyed to virtually any colour you can imagine. This means that buyers will have a near-limitless selection with regards to colours, and styles that they can choose from.
While quartz may not have the fully ‘natural’ look that granite does; it does come with more variety and tends to create a more ‘modern’ and chic appearance than granite overall.
It is important to note, however, that quartz is usually manufactured in standard (3000x1400) and jumbo (3200x1600) slabs; whereas granite slabs usually come in larger sizes (3000x1900).
Both materials will normally need seams on your worktop when choosing quartz vs. granite. However, expert craftsmen will be able to hide these seams very well.
The kitchen is perhaps the messiest room in the house at any given time. With all of the cooking, eating, and foot traffic that the kitchen sees; you are likely going to spend more time tidying up your kitchen than most other areas of your home over time.
Your worktops are going to see a hefty amount of scrubbing, spills, pots and pans banging, and chopping over the years.
So, when it comes to how easy they are to clean, and maintain, you are going to want to go with the best option for the long term.
Let’s start with granite:
When granite is first installed, it will always need to be treated with a sealant to protect the stone itself and to keep it from absorbing liquids, stains, or bacteria.
This sealant usually lasts for quite a long time but will erode over the years depending on how rigorously the worktops are cleaned. This means that granite worktops will need to be resealed more than once, and likely several times over the years.
This can lead to increased long-term costs as resealing doesn’t come free.
If you want to avoid stains and bacteria build-up on your granite worktops, you will need to clean them quickly whenever spillage or cooking occurs. This can be a bit tedious for those who cook often and have a tendency to get messy while they do so.
Quartz by its very nature is non-porous and comes pre-sealed upon purchasing. This means that the quartz worktop you buy will not need to be resealed ever. Once it is in place, it is good to go as long as the worktop itself lasts.
This also means that you won’t have to worry yourself about any stains occurring as the resin used does not have any pores for the fluid to seep into.
As far as sanitization is concerned, quartz is also the better option. Quartz is far better at eliminating bacteria than granite simply due to the non-porous nature that has been mentioned so often.
This means that it can be cleaned with a mild cleaning agent, and won’t require the use of any harsh chemicals or removers to keep things in a sanitary condition. Overall, quartz is far less of a headache to maintain than granite generally.
Well, it’s no secret that quartz has become vastly more popular than granite in recent years.
Many experts in the area have stated that they estimate that more than 90% of the work they have done in the past few years has been with quartz. So the fact that quartz is more popular among home renovators is not a debate. Going into 2020, that is not expected to change at all.
The real question is, ‘is quartz better than granite?’ For that, you are likely going to have to decide for yourself. But to summarize what was mentioned earlier.
- Cheaper at higher ends of the quality spectrum.
- More versatile in colour and pattern options.
- More durable.
- Easier to maintain.
- More modern in appearance.
- A better value.
That is not to say that granite is a completely useless material that should be discarded--it isn’t. Granite still holds a lot of appeal for those who are searching for a more organic or natural appearance in their kitchen.
However, for the vast majority of home and property owners, quartz is going to be the preferable option in almost every scenario. The final choice will be up to you, and your preferences. But, as for 2020, quartz is by far the most popular option.