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Difference Between Quartzite & Quartz Countertops

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Difference Between Quartzite & Quartz Countertops

  • Quartz and quartzite countertops have hard, non-porous and durable surfaces that require low maintenance. Both surfaces are easy to keep clean and sanitary by using a soft cloth and household surface cleaner. However, there are a few differences between these countertops to consider before making a purchase. The main difference is the composition between the two surfaces.

    Solid Stone vs. Composite
    If you decide to use granite for your counter surface, you will have a solid slab of granite installed. A quartz countertop, on the other hand, is a composite material. It is 93 percent quartz and 7 percent acrylic and binding material. Because quartz counters are engineered, you have a broader selection in edge finishes.
    Color Selection
    Because quartz countertops are fabricated, the color will be more consistent. Granite has natural color variations from piece to piece; you may even go to the warehouse to choose a specific slab that will be used for your kitchen counter tops. If you are looking for something that is more one-of-a-kind, granite is probably a better choice. Granite comes in a nearly endless selection of colors and patterns.
    Maintenance and Care
    Because granite countertops are a natural stone, you'll need to seal them about once a year to maintain their stain resistance, especially lighter-colored selections. Quartz countertops do not require sealing. Both granite and quartz are heat-resistant; however, extreme heat can damage quartz. Manufacturers recommend using a cutting board when preparing foods with quartz, while granite is durable enough that you don't need to use a cutting board. You can clean both surfaces with hot water since they both resist bacteria growth. Harsher chemicals can damage the finish on quartz countertops and are not recommended for granite surfaces, either. Chemicals like bleach can permanently stain quartz surfaces.
    Pricing
    Cost for granite and quartz counter tops are comparable. Both start at around $70 per square foot. Quartz can cost as much as $120 per square foot, and granite can be even more than that if you choose a rare pattern or want a custom finish along the edge. For either surface selection, use a reputable and qualified installer.
     
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    2014/08/21         Author: Jaddas Quartz         What Quartz Stone


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