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The big countertop surface debate: quartz or granite? Our choice: quartz! And, here’s why.
1. Cost: With quartz, you don’t have to compromise a great look for an affordable price.
2. Appearance: Quartz, unlike other stone slabs, can be crafted with a controlled appearance. The way quartz slabs are produced allows the manufacturer to ensure that the slab is exactly the colour, texture and pattern that you want.
3. Strength. Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with 7% resin binder and some colourant. This creates an extremely hard stone that is stronger than granite or marble. The slab is the same working thickness as other materials, and it is shaped, cut and finished using the same stone-cutting equipment.
4. Non-porous. Granite and marble are both porous stones with tiny capillary channels between the minerals. If you spill wine on unsealed granite or marble, the wine can sink into these channels and permanently stain the stone. Quartz is very stain resistant and never requires sealing.
5. Hygienic. Top brand quartz countertops are manufactured to be hygienic and to reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow. This makes quartz counters appropriate for food preparation and consumption. When evaluating quartz, make sure it’s been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as a safe countertop.
6. Maintenance. Granite and marble countertops must be sealed regularly to prevent staining and the growth of bacteria. This maintenance adds to the cost of these countertops. Quartz does not require sealing or other routine maintenance to maintain its beauty and functionality.
7. Colour consistency. Most homeowners are not aware that some granite slabs are commercially dyed in order to improve their sales profiles. The most commonly dyed slabs are the family of black granites. Over time, these dyes change and the appearance of the counter may not be what the customer expected. With quartz, the colour is consistent throughout the entire slab.
8. Cleaning. When you pay for your counter, you want it to be user friendly. With quartz, cleaning the counter is easy. The quartz washes off with soap and water and looks as good as new. You don’t have to use special bacteria-preventing soaps.
9. Scratches. Quartz, because of its design and manufacturing process, is a durable and scratch resistant product. By exercising standard care, your finish will look fabulous throughout your countertop’s lifetime.
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