It is challenging to know what to pick a countertop. Today we are talking about Quartz vs Granite. We’ve all been there. You think you know what you like but as you dig in it gets more confusing. Buying a countertop and hiring a countertop company might seem daunting. We know you are researching and learning. When we talk with our clients we hear their questions. Some of the answers to those question are below. If you’ve got questions. Reach out. We’re here and we love talking countertops. Let’s take a look at the differences between quartz and granite countertops.
Made from Silicon dioxide, also known as silica is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formula SiO2, most commonly found in nature as quartz. Pure quartz is clear or transparent and gives ordinary stones their sparkle, but comes in a variety of colors, depending on other elements in the mix. Manufacturers bond it with resins, granite, pigments, recycled mirror, or color glasses to enhance the material’s appearance. Antibacterial chemicals are added to make it suitable for applications like countertops and bathroom tiles. Once bonded, the result is a hard, durable material low in porosity. Polished to a glossy sheen, the final product is beautiful in appearance and may be cut to size for installation.
Granite is cut from shallow quarries. Small holes are drilled and carefully planned explosives separate the block of granite from the bedrock without breaking the block itself. Huge raw blocks of granite are transported to countries like Italy, India, and China where facilities with advanced machinery cut them into slabs.
To cut the block into even 2-3cm thick slabs, it is run through giant saws that make many slices into the stone at once. Then it is polished with progressively finer pads to get a quality finish.
After the slabs are polished, they are put into bundles in the order they were cut to preserve consistent patterning and color.
Differences Between Quartz and Granite
Quartz is crushed, mixed and baked into slabs whereas granite is mined, cut and polished. Quartz is actually harder than granite thus, more durable in our opinion… In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t porous like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Did you know Granite countertops are quarried naturally from the earth as enormous chunks of stone? Quartz countertops contain a crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin.
Granite pros: Granite will take a hot pot and is resistant to high heat. Genuine marble and granite have unique veining and patterns and are less expensive.
Given that these materials have differing properties, you may want to consider the utility and aesthetics that best suits your needs.
Quartz pros: Quartz is non-porous and resists staining better than granite, marble and concrete. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. The non-porous surface will not harbor bacteria or viruses. Quartz countertops offer the beauty of natural stone with the additional benefits of modern construction: style, brilliance, durability and low maintenance. It requires no sealing or polishing to keep its brilliant shine.
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