Published at Friday, July 14th 2017. by Jacqueleen Blanchard in Countertops.
Depending on the degree of pressure and temperature, streaks and patterns are formed in the quartz crystals, giving it its characteristic appearance. Pure quartzite is usually white or gray in color. However, many a time, impurities such as deposits of iron, carbon, clay and other minerals get included in the mixture giving the quartzite different colors such as red, pink, orange, blue, etc.
Granite is a durable and easy-to-maintain countertop material. It does have its disadvantages, however, mostly all products in the market have some or the other drawback. While deciding on which countertop material to buy, one must weigh the pros and cons. Despite these cons, granite countertops are elegant, unique and enhance the beauty of one’s kitchen.
There are a few things that you need to consider while selecting corbels for countertops. The first being their application. You need to opt for strong corbels with an approximate depth of one-half and three-quarters of the countertop for excellent support. Since they provide enough support, you also need to decide upon the number and placement of the corbels. For good overall support, keep a 3ft distance between two corbels for a standard granite countertop.
Over the past decade, various allegations have been made regarding granite countertops emitting dangerous levels of radon. Radon gas is a radioactive element and is a leading cause for lung cancer. This allegation has been mostly made by competing countertop material distributors. Research reveals that some granite countertops release radon gas, which has left homeowners worried.
Most quartz countertops are usually manufactured from a quartz composite. While naturally occurring slabs of quartz can be used after polishing, they are quite expensive, and therefore, rarely used for making kitchen countertops.
Quartzite is a hard metamorphic rock that is obtained from sandstone and natural quartz. It is formed deep within the Earth’s crust when the extreme temperature and immense pressure from the movement of the tectonic plates causes sandstone to metamorphose, and its grains recrystallize to create a cement-like blend of quartzite crystals.
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