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Granite and Quartz

Granite and Quartz FAQs

What color are you interested in?

Granite – natural stone colors.

Quartz – consistent color, lighter shades available.

Granite and Quartz comparisons

Granite –

Placing hot items or cutting on granite will never damage the surface (it will actually dull your knives), however, quartz or diamonds can scratch your granite.

Sanitary (non-porous material)

The various minerals within granite add depth and character making every granite top different.

The color of your granite countertop will never fade.

Adds value to your home.

Because of its crystalline structure, granite can chip if subjected to sharp hard objects. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.

Do not stand on granite once it is installed. They do not have a plywood backing and too much weight in one spot could cause a crack.

Granite must be sealed upon installation and should be re-sealed once a year.  We recommend using a re-sealing product as part of your every-day cleaning process.

To clean – wipe with warm soapy water and rinse. Never use vinegar, windex or bleach. A solution of vinegar and water works well to remove streaking, smudges and body oil. Please note, your sealer is not heat-resistant.

Vinegar, citrus fruits, soft drinks and products like lotion nail polish remover can eat away at the surface and seal on granite.

Quartz –

Quartz is actually harder than granite – its more durable than granite.

Easy to keep relatively bacteria-free.

Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat – heating pads must be used.

Quartz is more durable than granite – it is made of crushed quartz stone mixed with resin to produce the finished product.

Quartz can be 20-40% higher in price than granite.

Citrus/wine products can stain.

Quartzite –

Colors remain unchanged forever.

Resists UV radiation, keeping it’s color like on the first day.

Fire and heat resistant.

Stain resistant – low porosity.

Natural stone

Susceptible to staining

Recommend a stone sealer to be used at time of installation

Higher priced natural product

Quartzite is generally found in white to gray. Pink and red hues are a result of iron oxide in the stone.

Quartzite is harder than granite – durable

Withstands heat well Less prone to denting and chipping because the material is more flexible. A cutting board should be used.

Little maintenance – no abrasive cleaners.

Must be sealed at installation and re-sealed two times per year.

Best depth in natural stone.

Must be cut with diamond blades.

Corian –

Doesn’t need sealing.

Can be scratched or nicked – use a cutting board (some scratches can be buffed out using a scouring pad)

Don’t put anything hotter than 325 degrees Fahrenheit on it

Can become discolored if exposed to high temperatures for a long time.

Clean with warm soapy water, ammonia-based household cleaner or dedicated countertop cleaner.

Avoid window cleaners as they can leave a waxy build-up.

In most cases, Corian surfaces can be repaired if damaged.

Corian is made of binding resins, various minerals and dyes/fillers that provide color and texture.

Lighter  than granite and can be installed DIY.

Corian is a maintenance-free material.

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