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Difference in Stone and How to Care For
*GRANITE– A hard and dense stone that is ideal for inside and outside surfaces. It consists generally of quartz, mica, and feldspar.
Granite is highly resistant to scratching, staining, and cracking. It is also not harmed by heat which makes it a great choice for kitchen countertops. * While granite cannot be harmed by heat it will over time eat away at the sealer*
Granite can range from pink to gray and all shades in between. Granite is a natural stone and has imperfections to it that make it unique. Example lots of veining and more of the exotic stone.
CARE FOR GRANITE– Granite is very easy to care for. Really just soap and water is best. Your granite will be sealed after install. We recommend sealing every year.
*MARBLE– A metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate materials. Most easily recognized by its veining, it is available in a wide range of colors. Unlike granite, marble is a soft surface and porous which makes it susceptible to scratch easily and will etch over time. Not really recommended for kitchens due to the fact it is porous. If you are looking for the marble look and not the upkeep, quartz is your best choice.
CARE FOR MARBLE– Seal- Sealing repeals staining agents but doesn’t make marble stainproof.
Protect- Things like Citrus, vinegar and tomato will ETCH the stone. DO NOT LET THEM SIT ON THE COUNTERTOP
*QUARTZ– Made from one of the hardest materials on earth, quartz countertops are the most durable for kitchen countertops. Unlike granite and marble that are mined, quartz is man made in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz, combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. Quartz is nonporous so it does not need to be sealed. It comes in many different colors even bright reds to blues.
Quartz is pricier then granite and CAN NOT be used outdoors. Direct sun hitting it all day will cause the quartz to discolor or possibly even crack.
CARE FOR QAURTZ– Never needs to be sealed. Soap and water.
Side note quartz will buckle over time if heat is continually exposed. Most manufactures say their product can handle 400 degrees F, but a sudden change in temperature or a hot pan left on the countertop for too long can cause it to crack.
PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY AMMONIA PRODUCTS ON ANY COUNTERTOPS.