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Granite vs Quartz Countertops

Last update: Feb 03, 2018

Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large igneous stone deposits found around the world. It begins as molten magma that flows into other rock structures and cools slowly. The stone is naturally quite rough and textured, but when it is ground and polished during the countertop manufacturing process, it takes on a smooth surface with rich luster.

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Quartz is an engineered product while the granite is solid stone. The composition of quartz countertops is about 93 percent quartz, a natural material found in abundance in the earth’s crust, and 7 percent binder and color.

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But why Quartz countertops get more and more popular in nowadays? Why is quartz better than granite countertops? Perhaps the answer hided in the below form.

   Quartz  Granite
Density  2.65g/cm3  2.50g/cm3
Mohs Hardness  7 (pure quartz)  6-7 (depending on mineralogy)
Melting Point  1750 °C  1610 °C
Natural Radiation  None  Trace amounts
Source  Man-made  Natural
Natural Fractures  None  Small but variable amounts
cost  $70-$140 per square foot  $70-$175 per square foot
Radon  Very little  Almost no radon
Maintenance  Does not need initial or continued sealing.  Needs to be sealed upon installation, and then again on a regular basis.
Durability  Quartz doesn’t require this level of care.In the area of durability, quartz  has the advantage over granite.  Granite  needs to be sealed at installation and resealed on a regular basis.Granite stains if subjected to red wine.
Cleaning  Quartz is easier to keep Germ-Free. Because quartz  is an engineered product, it is non-porous.  Granite is more prone to staining than quartz, since natural stone is porous

Which one is "better"?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder here. They are both best option for countertop. As you browse your options, you’ll get a feel for which one you prefer.

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