Published at Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 21:01:46. by Nynette Gautier in Countertops.
You have a wide range of designs, materials, and types of corbels to choose from, which can be quite a task. However, if you are aware of your requirements as far as the application and style of the corbels for your granite countertops are concerned, then you can easily select them for your kitchen!
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.
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.
Though granite countertops can withstand tons of abuse, its surface can get chipped if steaming hot pots and pans are placed directly onto the granite. This is because the hard granite stones comprises some soft, thin strips of granite, which cannot absorb all the heat applied to its surface. Thus, one must be careful to place hot dishes on trivets and hot pads.
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.
Quartz in its natural form looks similar to granite. It is mostly composed of silicon dioxide and is one of the hardest substances found on Earth. It is resistant to scratches and stains. It is also nonporous, and therefore, resistant to mold, mildew, fungal and even bacterial growths. Owing to all these favorable qualities of quartz, it is popularly used for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. It has a crystalline structure, and is therefore, also used in jewelry and piezoelectric devices.
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