Monday, April 11, 2022

Granite vs. Quartz Counter tops

Granite and Quartz are a common attraction amongst home buyers in today time. In my experience as a buyers agent a Kitchen has a huge impact on the buyers overall happiness with the home. In this blog post I will evaluate both Granite and Quartz counters. 

Granite can be identified by way of it's patterns. Granite is a igneous rock that is formed from Magna (think of lava). Granite comes from India, China, Brazil and Italy. Thanks to advancement in technology and Machines Granite is only a quarter of the price it once was in the 70's. 

Darker shades of Granite are commonly known as Ubatuba, Saint Cecilia, Blue pal and Black Galaxy. Granite is known to be more Pourous (Porous: having minute spaces or holes through which liquid or air may pass) because of the pourous attribute to granite wine can stain Granite. Five common ways Granite is commonly finished Bush Hammered, Flamed, Polished, Shot Blasted, Semi Blasted and Honed. Granite is known to be more heat resistant then Quartz. Granite price per sqft. is $60-200. Granite is more denser than Quartz; at 2.7-2.8 gm/cm3. However Quartz is less dense at 2.65 gm/cm3. Granite is Heat Resistant and Quartz isn't. 

Light Color Granite are known as Dallas White, White Ice, White Picasso and River White

Quartz is the second most adundant mineral in the Earths crust. Pure Quarts is translucent and impurities in Quartz will lead to color. The stone is grinded into fine powder, and mixed with resin powder to make Quartz Counter tops. Quartz is a man made product; however Quartzite is a natural stone that is more expensive. Companies that mass produce Quartz are Cambria and Cesarstone. Quartz Counter tops have less patterns compared to Granite Counter tops. Quartz counter top are uniform and lighter in color. 

Popular Quartz counter tops are Calacatta Nuvo, White Attica, Gray Legoon and Oceana. Quartz Finishes are Satin, Matte and High Gloss. Due to Quartz demand it has brought the price of granite down. Neither granite or quartz are scratch proof. 

Will you choose Granite or Quartz for your next home? 

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