Published at Friday, July 14, 2017, 09:08:43. by Jacqueleen Blanchard in Countertops.
Since granite is porous, it requires to be sealed. Granite needs to be maintained on a yearly basis, which means the surface needs to be sealed every 12 to 14 months. If the surface is not sealed regularly, it may become more susceptible to stains. Besides, stains and bacteria can find their way into the crevices of the granite surface.
Quartz is found in very large quantities on our planet and is a very hard substance even in its crude form. Diamond, sapphire and topaz are the only minerals that are more scratch-resistant than quartz. If we go by the Mohs’ Hardness scale, which is used to determine the scratch resistance capacity of a mineral, quartz is ranked 7 on this scale while diamond is ranked 10. Quartz countertops that are available today consist of 93 percent quartz while the remaining 7 percent is made up of other minerals. This peculiar composition makes it naturally hard and extremely durable to use. As compared to granite kitchen countertops, quartz countertops are less porous, due to which food particles and other liquids do not stick to its surface. Also cleaning and removing stains from a quartz countertop is far easier than from a granite countertop.
Either you’re doing up the kitchen from scratch, or you are in the process of overhauling the interiors of your existing kitchen. A countertop plays a vital role in both the looks and utility aspect in the kitchen. So which one do you go for? Granite or quartz? The following information might just clear your mind and make your decision simpler.
Quartz and quartzite are widely used to make kitchen countertops. They are both strong and durable and also offer a premium look and feel. But which of them would be ideal for your kitchen? we will tell you more about each one of them.
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.
The kitchen countertop takes a lot of pounding as we fry, bake, boil, stock, spill and even chop various foods on it. Yet, we still want it to look like a million bucks. It certainly isn’t a job for any ordinary material. The candidate must literally be as strong and enduring as stone, and therefore, the most popular choices actually turn out to be two stones.
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