Difference between granite and quartz
Countertop is a very important feature in the kitchens and bathrooms, so it is very important to choose the right material. Nowadays, very popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops are granite and quartz.
Making the choice between the two is important, as some options might be more appealing than others depending on the style, taste, design, functionality, durability, and how much maintenance is required.
A lot of people are not quite sure about the difference between granite and quartz
Here are some features that can help to understand the differences between granite and quartz:
If natural stone is the preference, then the top choice would be granite. It is a natural, beautiful, and luminous countertop with a great variety of styles, colors, and designs. Depending on the stone, it can have a strong taste statement.
Granite is 100% natural stone sliced from quarries, cut to different slab sizes, polished, and delivered to different countries. It is one of the hardest, most durable, and least scratchable stones, but at the same time, it is important to keep in mind that it is porous stone, so it can stain. But some companies, for example, Stone Spirit Inc. can seal granite not only for 1 year, but up to 3 years. If granite is sealed properly, then no staining should occur. To maintain luminosity of granite, it is best to clean it with the special granite cleaner. Stone Spirit has an excellent product that not only cleans, but also maintains the sealant and keeps the shine of the granite.
Depending on the taste and style, some granite slabs can offer very exotic look, reveal personal statement, and change the look and atmosphere of the kitchen. Some stones are very rare and could not be found anywhere else, as nature created one of a kind. Granite has a lot of different veining, structure, color shades and tints.
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Quartz is a man-made stone. It is about 92% natural, produced by binding stone chips, mostly quartz, powders, polymers, pigments and resins. It is also called composite material. It is a very durable and hard product. This is a nonporous material and already pre-sealed, so the chances for staining are much less. But unlike granite, quartz has more consistent and uniform look with less variations and veining. So most of the time, it won’t have the same exotic look as granite does.
But if there is going to be a lot of cooking involved in the kitchen, then quartz might be a better choice, as it requires much less maintenance. Since it is man-made material, it is non-porous and it is already pre-sealed.
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