Published at Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 07:07:45. by Afrodille Dubois in Countertops.
Granite, on the other hand, is also a strong and dense material when extracted from the earth. It is available in the form of huge blocks which are later broken into smaller pieces of slab according to individual requirements. These granite slabs are then polished using an application of resin or polyurethane sealer, which makes it waterproof. Granite countertops are more vulnerable to contamination due to the growth of bacteria. A mild detergent and warm water can however solve this problem. The quantity of quartz in granite countertop is only 50%, which is lesser than its quantity in a quartz countertop. Due to this, granite countertops are less harder and also less crack-resistant. To get the record straight, a granite countertop is only half as hard and durable as a quartz countertop.
When acidic solutions used as ingredients in daily cooking, like orange juice, lemon juice, wine, coffee, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, etc., are brought in contact with the granite countertop, the surface can become dull or even etched. The expensive granite you invested in, can lose its sparkle and shine. As far as possible, to minimize the damage, clean spills right away.
Many of us like to experiment with new cuisines in our kitchens. While the outcome might vary as far as the actual dish being cooked is concerned, it is almost always the same for our kitchen countertop?it ends up bearing the brunt of our endeavors!
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.
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.
Corbels (or consoles) are like support brackets that are fixed into a wall or any architectural fitting in order to hold or support the superincumbent weight. Corbelling is an ancient technique which has been used since the Neolithic times. However, it became popular during the Medieval era in various architectural forms like Chinese architecture and the Scottish baronial style.
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