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Kitchen Countertops - Engineered Quartz or Natural Stone

You can use both of these materials in various ways, including countertops in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as backsplashes and flooring.

They offer outstanding scratch-resistance to keep your countertops looking pristine year after year.

Both engineered quartz and granite countertops are strong & sturdy.

Which countertop material is easier to maintain?

  • Granite countertops should be cleaned with a solution of soap and water or a mild household cleaner.
    The porous nature of granite makes it susceptible to stains, therefore it should be sealed periodically so that spills do not permeate into the granite countertop.
  • Just like granite, engineered quartz countertops should be cleaned with soapy water or mild cleaners.
    However, an engineered quartz countertop is easier to maintain because it does not require periodic sealing and does not support the growth of various microorganisms, which makes it very hygienic.

Engineered quartz and natural stone are durable and gorgeous to look at, there are singular aspects to each that make choosing between them more manageable.

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Engineered Quartz Countertop

Quartz countertops are a fantastic alternative to granite and marble when you want appearance similar to natural stone that doesn’t require the same level of care.

Quartz countertops are available in a wide range of colors featuring uniform crystal displays with an even distribution of colour. 

 The cost of quartz countertops, sometimes called engineered stone countertops, should no longer be a drawback as there are a wide range of affordable options available today.

Furthermore, no need to invest in a full slab anymore as with its counterparts, because most brands supply full length half slabs, strips of 600mm and 1200mm. There are even some brands available in crosscut’s alleviating wastage enabling it to be more cost effective.

Finishes: Options include polished (smooth and glossy), honed (with less sheen), and textured finishes.

Slab sizes: Depending on the brand – 3040x1420mm, 3230×1630, 3220x1820mm to 3220x1850mm

Weight: Around 60kg p/m² for 20mm thickness.

The thickness of quartz slabs ranges between 12 and 20 millimeters.


Granite Plus can advise you when planning your bathroom or kitchen and provide professional installation for granite or quartz elements in your home.

Natural Stone Countertop

Granite, a very popular product for kitchen counter tops, bar counters, vanity tops, fireplace surrounds and other architectural applications. The unique natural beauty is timeless. Granite kitchen counter tops are forever.

Very durable, heat-resistant and can withstand hot cookware.

Granite countertop advantages include their beauty, durability when properly maintained and the fact that they are attractive to buyers, should you sell your home.

Disadvantages include the higher cost for smaller projects, premium colours and their need to be resealed regularly in order to prevent stains.

The good news is that the same products used by professionals are available for DIY cleaning, stain removal, polishing, sealing and chip repair.

Finishes: Options include polished (smooth and glossy), honed (with less sheen), and textured finishes.

Slab sizes: No fixed sizes, availability dependent.

Weight: Around 90kg p/m² for 30mm thickness.

The thickness of natural stone slabs ranges between 20 and 30 millimeters.