Ceramic vs Quartz Stone for Kitchen Worktops & Countertops
Choosing the right material for your new kitchen worktops is a challenging task and can be very time-consuming. The fact that nowadays are available more materials then ever is not helping, because you have so much to consider. Luckily, at Inova Stone, we are here to help you with the comparisons of different materials available on our blog, but also for any questions you have regarding the materials, including ceramic and quartz stone worktops.
1. Both are non-porous
Non-porous materials do not absorb water and liquids. They are highly resistant to staining, which makes them perfect for food preparation and consummation. You will never have to worry about spilt wine leaving a stain, even on white worktops.
2. Resistance to high temperatures
Ceramic is produced on temperatures that are over 1000 degrees Celsius. This is the insurance that your ceramic worktops will not break or melt when you postpone hot kitchenware on it.
Quartz has moderate resistance to heat. It is made of natural quartz stone and resins; resins tend to expand when heated, so it is best to use mats with quartz.
3. Cleaning and maintaining
Both materials have smooth surfaces and are therefore easy to clean. All you will need for cleaning is soap and water. Make the soapsuds and wipe the surfaces with a soft cloth. Rinse off with water.
They don’t need sealing, unlike many other materials.
Quartz is tougher and more resilient than ceramic. It will handle pressure and heavy loads without breaking. It is also highly resistant to scratching and you can cut directly on it, just beware that you can dull your knives.
Ceramic is not as durable and it is prone to chipping. Ceramic can also break due to high impacts of force, so make special attention when carrying heavy load not to drop it on your worktops.
5. Colour palette
Since both materials are manufactured, they both have wide colour ranges. During their production, the pigments are added to make patterns or change their original colour. They can even look like other stones, such as marble or granite.
They both have wide colour ranges and you will have the ability to choose from numerous colours with both.
6. Ceramic is more affordable
On average, ceramic worktops are more affordable than quartz. The prices are varying from colour to colour, so you may find a cheaper quartz colour then ceramic, but that is usually not the case.
However, both materials are offering great prices for their quality and will make a smart investment. Get a free online quote for kitchen worktops.
Both materials are great and they have many characteristics in common. If your main concern is durability, then choose quartz. If you are on a tight budget but still want a high-quality product, choose ceramic.
Having more questions about the comparison between ceramic and quartz kitchen worktops? Please feel free to contact us for more information.