Published at Sunday, September 17th 2017. by Nynette Gautier in Countertops.
Granite is a durable and easy-to-maintain countertop material. It does have its disadvantages, however, mostly all products in the market have some or the other drawback. While deciding on which countertop material to buy, one must weigh the pros and cons. Despite these cons, granite countertops are elegant, unique and enhance the beauty of one’s kitchen.
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.
Right from their names, both stones share a lot of similarities; however, there is a fundamental difference in their compositions. The following is a brief look at how these stones differ from each other.
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.
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.
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