Kitchen countertops come in a variety of shapes and colors, as well as materials. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a material for your counter. Kitchen countertops are designed to last for years, if not decades, so you must make one final decision on which a large part of your home life will be based. Granite and quartzite stone countertop are among the most desired. For starters, their endearing natural appearance is a pain in the neck for beauty-obsessed homeowners. Second, because granite and quartzite countertops are both strong and heat-resistant, they appear to last indefinitely. Third, they do not necessitate extensive maintenance.
Quartzite countertops are made from engineered stone sheets that contain approximately 90% quartz crystals and 10% resin binder. Quartzite stone countertops are available in a wide range of solid colors and, unlike granite countertops, are consistent and uniform. Because there is a much larger selection of quartz counters to choose from than granite counters, it is much easier to find one that matches your decor.
Because engineered quartz is not porous, it is more stain-resistant. Because granite is a porous stone, it is more likely to stain permanently if not properly cared for. Food and liquids are much easier to remove from quartz surfaces than from granite surfaces. No harsh cleaners are required for quartz countertops. Granite countertops, on the other hand, do not. A small amount of soapy water and a sponge will suffice. Choose a cleaner for a granite countertop with caution, as aggressive and abrasive cleaning agents may damage the sealant and expose the surface to stains. Granite must be sealed at least twice a year to stay clean and stain-free. Quartz countertops do not need to be sealed.
Granite has a much lower springiness than engineered quartz. When a heavy object is dropped on a granite counter, it is more likely to crack than on a quartz counter. Granite countertops are more heat sensitive. If you don’t use a trivet or a cutting board, traces of your work may linger indefinitely. Although quartz countertops necessitate the same level of care, they are more refurbish able and likely to retain their beauty.
It is difficult to install a granite countertop. Please do not attempt to repair it yourself and instead contact a professional. Granite counters necessitate a specific support structure due to the weight of the stone. Although quartz countertops are easier and less expensive to repair, it is still recommended that you seek professional assistance. If you find yourself torn between the two, you must decide which is more important to you. If natural beauty is your only goal and you are willing to go down a more difficult path to achieve it, purchase a granite counter. If you don’t care about the origin of the stone, go ahead and buy a quartzite stone countertop to save time and energy!