Quartz is a good alternative for someone that wants beauty similar to granite, but without the drawbacks of the natural material. The average cost of the two materials is similar. So, basically it comes down to consumer preference. This brief comparison should help you decide whether you would prefer a granite or quartz countertop or another material.
Natural granite is imperfect in appearance. There will always be slight defects, such as tiny pits and spaces between the crystals. Fissures that look like cracks are often present. Although the fissures do not impact the function of the material, some homeowners do not like the way that they look.
Quartz countertops are made of engineered stones that are uniform in appearance. The mineral quartz is mixed with resins and binders. Color is added to achieve the desired look. The sample that you see in a showroom should be similar to what you will see in your home. If you decide to go with natural granite, you should examine the actual slabs that are to be used, before you have them installed. You may also want to consider having the natural stone tested for
* Granite must be sealed and resealed every three years. Because of the natural porosity, mold and mildew can build up in the pores of the stone. A quartz countertop requires no sealing or resealing. It will continue to be mold and mildew resistant, year after year.
* Both granite and quartz countertops will have seams. The seams are impossible to hide in granite. They are still visible in quartz, but because the colors are darker it tends to minimize the seam.
* Both materials are resistant to scratching, but granite can chip or break and breaks are difficult to repair. The hardness of quartz is slightly higher. Both are resistant to heat, cold and burns, but only quartz is resistant to chemicals, acids, solvents and oils.
* Both must be professionally installed. A manufacturer’s warranty is usually available with a quartz countertop, but not with granite.
A less expensive alternative is referred to in the business as “solid surface countertops”. It is composed of acrylic, plastic or other resins of various colors. It is considered a low maintenance choice, because there is no need for sealing.
The seams in solid surface tops are invisible. But, it does scratch and stain easily, meaning that it needs to be replaced more often. The cost is usually $20-30 less per square foot when compared to granite or quartz.
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