Granite vs Quartz. Which one is better?

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Granite vs Quartz. Which one is better?

This is not an decision that is easy, the distinction between the two counter top materials isn’t apparent. After all, quartz and granite are each loudly touted by their fans. Granite and quartz are straight from the Earth. How different are they? 1. Natural or Not? Both counter top materials are overwhelmingly made of natural product; one has a slight advantage: Granite: 100% natural. Granite counters are literally sliced from blocks the size of a small bus, cut to your size, and polished until they are smooth. (Or your texture of choice) Quartz: 97% natural. Quartz slab manufactured Silestone claims 93% natural quartz aggregates are mixed with 7% color pigments epoxy resins. The resins bind the natural quartz aggregate together.

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Hanstone Quartz       2. Pricing Both are premium products with substantial price tags. Material cost of both granite and quartz continually shift. The majority of both originate in countries other than the US & are transported via ocean freight. Granite: Granite starts at roughly $40per square foot, and can go as high as HOLY COW! Most residential customers stay in the sub $65/sq ft arena Quartz starts at around $67/sq ft and goes as his as the low $100 /sq ft , installed. 3. Radon Radon is a radioactive gas that has been linked to lung cancer. It appears that Radon in counter tops was a fabrication fostered by a company that sold plastic based counter tops. I guess when you sell a substandard product, ya gotta try to make your competition look bad somehow. Granite: The magazine Consumer Reports indicates that a scientist found “almost no radon” coming from the granite. This is the full scientific report from the Marble Institute of America regarding radon gas and granite http://www.marble-institute.com/default/assets/File/consumers/graniteandradon1995.pdf Quartz: The same publication found “very little” radon in engineered stones. 4. Maintenance Stone, whether natural or engineered, seems like it should be maintenance-free. Not so. Both materials require maintenance, with granite requiring slightly more than quartz: Quartz: Quartz does not need initial or continued sealing. Granite: Granite needs to be sealed on a regular basis. With the advent of modern sealers that regular basis could be as long as ever 15 years See my blog post on sealing natural stones… http://customrockytops.com/should-i-seal-my-granite-countertops/   5. Durability Quartz:  The natural variations are designed out. To some the natural beauty is designed out as well Due to the presence of the resins, quartz counters are nearly impossible to stain. You want to be careful placing hot pots on quartz and should use trivets to prevent possible thermal shock. Quartz can not be used for exterior application. UV Stability isn’t quite there just yet and fading will occur outdoors. Granite:  Granite, for all its beauty, has inclusions and imperfections that homeowners either love, accept, or hate. New finishes such as river-washed, leathered, and honed are adding new more organic looks everyday. Hot pots and granite are no issue Outdoor applications are good to go with granite. Which ever material you choose between granite and quartz, rst assured you are getting the finest counter top material available.

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