What is Granite or Quartz?

A popular question for most people shopping for stone countertops for the first time - read the complete article to find answer regarding this beautiful natural resource.

Stone Countertop FAQs

What is Granite or Quartz?

Granite is an igneous rock. This means that at one time during its development, it was melted like volcanic lava. Unlike lava, however, this melted rock never reached the surface. It remained trapped inside, where it slowly cooled and crystallized, resulting in a very uniform, speckled stone that ranges in color from blacks and grays to pinks, browns, and reds. Polished granite is a very durable stone, much harder than marble.

Granite has been popularly used for commercial purposes for many years. Granite can often be found on building exteriors, interior walls, and “high-traffic” floors. Granite will withstand almost any element including heat and cold.

Quartz is an engineered stone: a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most commonly polymer resin, with some newer versions using cement mix). This category includes engineered quartz, polymer concrete and engineered marble stone. The application of these products depends on the original stone used. For engineered marbles, the most common application is indoor flooring and walls, while the quartz-based product is used primarily for kitchen countertops as an alternative to laminate or granite. Unlike terrazzo, the material is factory made in either blocks or slabs, cut and polished by fabricators, and assembled at the work site. The quartz version (which end consumers are much more likely to directly deal with) is commonly known as 'quartz surface' or just 'quartz.'

Stone Counters provide a "natural beauty"
In addition to its strength, granite is a very beautiful stone that adds color and warmth to any kitchen. With just a little care to protect their beauty and utility, granite countertops will last a lifetime. 

Stone Countertops are durable
Granite is the most durable of all stones, second only to diamonds.  Stone 
counters are heat resistant and can withstand the heat of hot pots and pans without damage. The impact from a heavy object may chip granite but heat from anything short of a blowtorch will not affect your countertop The hardness of the surface is excellent for handling dough and confectionery. Properly installed granite countertops should last a lifetime

Stone Counters have the highest resale value

Stone counters are usually competitively priced compared to other high-end surfacing materials. You will be amazed when you compare the price of stone countertops to other popularly famed “luxury surfaces”. Stone offers you an unmatched value with its natural beauty, elegance, and longevity. 

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