Granite is one of the hardest substances on earth, coming second only to diamond, making sure that it doesn't crumble or break over time. The thousands of years of granite being a part of the natural ecosystem of the earth gives it unique variations that cannot be replicated. Hence, in comparison to other stones, granite comes with a wide range of varieties.
One of the most sought-after types of granite is black granite. They are the mostly used for interior & exterior applications. Black granite is adaptable to almost any interior setup and can complement virtually any color of walls & cabinet. In addition to this, black granite is also known for it's resistance to water, heat & staining.
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Quartz is slightly different and is not 100 percent natural. Instead, slabs are manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins.
Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It is mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish.
Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it is formed. There is an almost limitless selection to choose from unique mineral inclusions and no two granite countertops are the same.
One of the main reasons to choose quartz is due to appearance. Quartz has the look of stone while also allowing home owners to customize the design. The selection process is much easier in quartz while granite offers many options and you may have to search for the right piece that matches your color scheme.
Granite is less environment friendly than quartz and uses a lot of energy since it is quarried.
Quartz stone is engineered, and is more environment friendly as compared to granite and it doesn't involve any mining process.
When we talk about the maintenance of the slab, both quartz and granite slabs can be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner. Some oils and acids can stain and spoil the surface of the slab so you need to take care of that to avoid them.
Granite is a durable material that's resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements. Due to it's porous nature, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting and damage can be done.
Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn't porous like granite, it's easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria free.
For the surfaces, quartz appears to be the winner. It's easier to maintain, long lasting, more environment friendly and easy to customize. However, it can be pricey depending on the options you choose and the uniqueness of granite remains appealing to many but you really can't go wrong with either one.
There are dozens of surfaces available, ranging from natural stone, quartz composites, ceramic, wood, etc. And countertops comes in dozens of colors, patterns, and textures to satisfy any design goal. There's no one countertop that's ideal for every home, so the best material for your kitchen will depend on several factors: color, overall appearance, durability, stain and scratch resistant, and of course price.
The most common natural stones used to make countertops include granite, marble, soapstone and slate.
Granite is by far the most popular natural stone countertop material and comes in a wide array of colors, ranging from vibrant blues, browns to midnight black, deep red and white. It is cut into long, thick slabs and are polished to a glossy sheen, sometimes honed which is much less shiny and more of a matte sheen. Leathered granite has a slightly textured surface that lends a rustic, casual look to a installed place.
Marble is a high end natural stone that comes in fewer color patterns than granite. Marble is also relatively soft and porous, so it's not as stain resistant as granite. One should be careful when cutting or chopping though marble may show knife scars.
Soapstone & Slate both comes in far fewer colors than granite. Soapstone is porous and must be sealed with mineral oil to reduce staining. Slate on the other hand is non-porous and virtually maintenance free. Slate is relatively soft and minor scratches can be buffed out easily.
Often considered as an alternative to granite, quartz surfaces are a popular choice for kitchen countertops. More durable and long lasting than granite, quartz is one of the hardest materials in the world, making it a viable choice for countertops. As they are manufactured, the color and pattern possibilities are limitless - including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble. One of the biggest benefits of quartz surface is that they are stain and heat resistant making them easy to maintain. The non-porous quality of quartz also makes it highly resistant to mold and bacteria contamination.
The trend in kitchen design for the past decade or so has shifted towards low-maintenance, seamless counters. As a result, there are fewer countertops covered with ceramic and porcelain tile, but that doesn't mean that we should totally disregard it for use. Tiles are mostly used for backsplashes and the thickness of the tile should be according to your application.
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