Are Quartz Worktops More Expensive Than Granite?
When you are looking to renovate and upgrade your kitchen, the worktop is probably going to be one of the first things you think about, after the walls of course. You have many choices to make here, from colours, pattern, to the material you are going to use. Marble, granite, quartz, stone, these are all choices you have to make and the decision will really depend on what you want to do with the countertop, what type of colour you want, and how long you want it to last.
Granite has long been thought of as being an expensive stone to use for countertops, but this is changing nowadays, and that has opened up decisions for anyone who wants to change things around. The question you might have in your mind however is this – are quartz worktops more expensive than granite?
Well yes, it used to be, but as we have said, prices are falling.
In terms of how much quartz is, you can expect around £50-80 per square foot when the quartz worktop is also installed, which is much less than it ever used to be; this is down to changes in technology and times generally changing through demand.
It’s About More Than Cost
Of course, it’s not all down to cost, because you need to think about other things too, such as durability and colour choices.
Granite is mined from the earth naturally, before being cut and polished into shape. The appearance of granite is always different, which is a plus point for anyone who wants a different kitchen countertop to their neighbours! On top of this, granite is a durable material to use, as it is very heavy – this has the downside of needing to be sealed regularly, as well as needing to be installed by professionals.
Quartz on the other hand is made of 93% quartz, with 7% resin mixed in – this means you can find quartz in a huge variety of different colours and patterns, which adds to its charm and popularity. Quartz is also very strong but it is more flexible overall, which means it is easier to install, and therefore installation probably won’t cost as much. Quartz is also non-porous and doesn’t need to be sealed regularly.
To sum it all up …
Granite and quartz are quite similar in price these days, which has certainly changed over recent years. This is great news for anyone who is looking to renovate their current kitchen appearance, and opens up many choices and designs to give you a new and fresh space to gather in.
We know that granite is always going to be slightly more expensive, because it is a totally natural rock, with nothing added in, and it is slightly harder to install, but in terms of a major difference, you’re not looking at masses of cash to choose between the two.
The choice is now yours – do you want to go with a natural appearance, one which no-one else will have because of the naturally occurring lines and veins? If so, you need to go with granite. Do you want to go with a colourful and more fashionable appearance? If that is a yes, perhaps quartz is for you.