Quartz or Granite?
Both quartz and granite are extremely hard-wearing stones and make for extremely robust furniture in the home.
They are both available in numerous colours and patterns meaning they offer a diverse choice when it comes to selecting a unique piece of furniture.
There are slight differences between granite and quartz, and choosing which stone suits your requirements best, will boil down to personal choice and budget.
If you're struggling to decide which stone to choose for your dining room table, don't worry, our useful guide will help you. Below we discuss the differences and the pros and cons between these two beautiful stones.
So, let's start with granite. Granite is one of the hardest minerals found on Earth and is 100% natural. The patterns and colours found in granite are created by nature over billions of years. The earth's natural cooling and solidification of molten minerals create granite slabs which are quarried directly from the ground.
The granite you see used in our dining tables is simply cut, sealed and polished - that's it. Granite will not change its shape, stretch, bend or warp over time and is extremely resistant to heat, (although this is colour dependent) and exposure to sunlight will not cause discolouration. Although granite is an extremely resilient stone it certainly should not be treated as if it is indestructible. Its durability will easily withstand day to day life, however, if mistreated and subjected to heavy abuse, in extreme cases granite has been known to chip.
Azul Boquira Granite
Bianco Antique Granite
Black Fusion Granite
Now onto quartz. Quartz is also a very strong stone. However, unlike granite, the quartz used in furniture making is not 100% natural. Instead, quartz is a man-made composite stone which consists of quartz and other elements.
All of our quartz is made up of 90-95% quartz and 5-10% polymers, resins and additional pigments. These additional components enable us to offer quartz dining tables in an almost endless array of colours and patterns and also allows us to provide slimmer cut table tops for those who prefer a sleeker look.
Always look for quartz dining furniture that has at least a 90% quartz content, as any less than this will be an inferior product and will be inclined to bend and warp, so BEWARE OF CHEAP IMITATIONS.
Like granite, quartz is also very strong and is only prone to breakages and chipping if abused, therefore everyday life should have little effect on its condition. Do note, that although quartz is a heat resistant stone, contact with excessive temperatures should be avoided and long-term exposure to direct sunlight has been known to discolour quartz; you should consider this factor if you intend to place your dining table in a conservatory, for example.
Both granite and quartz are hard-wearing stones. Both are highly resilient to the trials of everyday use. The choice between a granite dining table or a quartz dining table will come down to personal preference, practicalities and budget. If you are looking to place your dining table in a conservatory or a dining space which has long periods of exposure to sunlight, or if money is no object, granite is the stone for you.
However, if you desire a dining table that has a sleek look with a bespoke colouration, at a more competitive price, then perhaps you will want to lean towards quartz. Both quartz and granite are great stones for dining tables, and ultimately the choice is a personal one.
Whichever stone comes up trumps for you and your needs, we guarantee you will be 100% satisfied with all of our quartz and granite furniture. We only use the highest quality stone and all granite and quartz furniture is manufactured in the UK by our expert Stone Masons and furniture Artisans - view our extensive range of excellent quartz and granite furniture here.
If you have any further questions, or if would like to discuss further, why not talk to one of our interior designers who would be happy to assist you.