Published at Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 05:01:06. by Charmayne Bousquet in Countertops.
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.
Installing a granite slab is a very laborious and tedious task, due to which, the installation can cost almost three times the amount spent on the slab. Granite also requires an additional supporting structure during the installation as it is very heavy. However, once a granite countertop is installed, it becomes a permanent structure. Removing it later can even harm the adjoining structures. Their biggest advantage is that they sport a luminous surface and give a very rich look to the kitchen furniture.
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 mined and cut into slabs. These slabs are then precisely cut into countertops of the desired shape and size using diamond tools. Usually after being polished, a sealant is applied to the quartzite countertops to increase their durability.
Wooden, metal, marble, and polyurethane are most sought after when it comes to durability and strong support for granite countertops as well as kitchen islands. Selection of the best type of corbels for your countertops depends upon the kitchen decoration theme as well as the colors of the countertops. Granite is available in colors like black, white, red, green, and blue.
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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