Published at Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 21:15:40. by Yvette Marechal in Countertops.
While installing a countertop in your kitchen, it is wise to remember that once installed, the countertop becomes an integral feature of the house, and you must take every measure to ensure that it adds value to the existing look of the kitchen. The table on quartz vs granite countertops is for reference, and one must thoroughly evaluate the properties of both granite and quartz countertops, and also the monetary constraints and specific personal requirements before finally installing any one of them.
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.
Corbels use almost the same functional area as brackets, the only difference between the two is the width; corbels being thicker than brackets. When you choose kitchen countertops with a heavy material like granite or marble, then corbels or brackets become an essential part of their installation.
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.
Some of the popular designs of corbels that you can use for granite countertops are: plain, shaped bar bracket, corbel shaped bar, leaf bar, open back bar, traditional scroll, woven, tropical corbel, mission, grapevine, metaline, eagle, and horse corbels. Simple as well as intricate metal designs are available in the market.
If we consider engineered quartz countertops, they are available in a wide range of solid colors. Also, the color of an engineered quartz countertop surface is uniform throughout, which is not the case with a granite countertop. They do not need sealing either, and are easier and cheaper to install. However, after the installation, the joints of an engineered quartz countertop are easily visible which hamper its overall appearance. Such joints are not visible in the case of granite countertop installation.
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