While quartz has been one of the most popular materials for kitchen worktops and bathroom work surfaces, porcelain is just in recent years getting popularity. Both are engineered stones that have some similar qualities, but also differences. Let’s find out below about the comparison between porcelain and quartz, but also their pros and cons.
1. They are both stain resistant
Both materials are non-porous and don’t absorb liquids. This is a great attribute for kitchen worktops, where there will be frequent spills from food consumption. With both, you will not have to worry about spilt wine or coffee leaving a stain.
Both materials will not get scratched if you need quickly to chop something directly on your worktops. Just beware that doing so frequently, you can dull your knives.
3. Quartz is more durable
Quartz is one of the hardest stones found in nature that will not break when exposed to high pressure. Porcelain is, however, less durable and it can crack if you drop a very heavy object on it. Just make sure not to use excessive force on them and you should be good.
4. Porcelain is UV resistant
The colour of you porcelain worktops will not fade due to its exposure to the sun. On the other hand, resins, one of the components of quartz worktops, are UV unstable. Quartz’s colour can fade over time if it is exposed to direct sunlight for most of the day.
5. Both are easy to clean and maintain
When it comes to cleaning, they perform the same. They both have sleek and smooth surfaces that make cleaning very easy. With both, you should use soap and water for cleaning. Neither one of them requires sealing, making them very low maintenance options.
6. Porcelain resists temperatures better
Porcelain is produced on very high temperatures that are even 10 times higher than the standard temperatures in the kitchen. Porcelain will resist if you need to postpone a hot pan directly on it without breaking or melting. While quartz can resist standard kitchen temperatures, it is not as good as porcelain in this aspect. Sudden temperature changes can lessen the bond between resin and quartz stone. Because of that, we recommend always using mats.
7. Variety of colours
Both materials are manufactured and therefore have a very wide colour range. In their range, you can even find a colour that looks like natural stones, like marble. You will have the ability to choose from classic neutral colours to the bright ones.
Both materials have their pros, but also a few cons and it is up to you to choose your preferences. If you have a busy kitchen and don’t have the habit of using mats, porcelain might be a bit better option for you. If you need a material that will stand the impact of force like no other, then quartz worktops are more for you.
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