What is the difference between Quartz and Granite?
Engineered Stone or Quartz products are becoming increasingly popular. Atlantic Salt, one of Caesarstone’s newest colors is my absolute favorite. One question that we frequently get asked is the difference between granite and quartz. On the MOH’s (measurement of hardness) scale, diamond is the hardest mineral, but quartz is the second hardest. So any product containing quartz, like Caesarstone or Granite, is incredibly hard. By definition granite must have at least 20% quartz, although most granite used for countertops have around 65%. The remaining minerals that comprise granite like silica and feldspar are also incredibly hard. Caesarstone Quartz surfaces have approximately 93% quartz, and 7% resins. Basically this means that Granite and Engineered Stone are really really hard surfaces! Theoretically, quartz countertops are harder, more stain resistant, and more heat resistant, however granite isn’t really lacking in these areas though.
In my opinion, there are two differences between Granite and Engineered Stone that a consumer needs to consider. The first is that Granite countertops need to be sealed and Engineered Stone countertops do not. The sealing process is not that difficult, so it is really more of a question as to whether or not you think you will remember. The second difference, and I think the most important, is the color and style difference. Quartz is man made so it is very consistent, it can also be made to look like marble or limestone. So if you are looking for a very durable countertop surface that looks like marble quartz is for you. If you are looking for a durable countertop that is contemporary, Quartz is for you. If you are looking for a durable countertop that is incredibly unique with lots of movement, Granite is for you. The bottom line is, pick the surface you love because they are both fantastic!
This Caesarstone Motivo Crocodile looks fantastic!
A traditional marble kitchen look achieved using Caesarstone’s Misty Carrara
With it’s unique make-up and high variation no two granite kitchens will ever be alike.