First there is often confusion in the difference between granite and quartz countertops.
Granite countertops are made with Granite itself Defined as: "A very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar." Granite countertops are made from the actual stone in its entirety.
Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are man made made with epoxy and quartz which is only one part of the actual granite stone.
In other words, quartz countertops are an imitation of granite countertops. Originally they were "the poor" mans version of granite that once were a more affordable way to give a home the appearance of having granite counters. This is no longer the case.
Through time and clever marketing in attempts to make consumers believe quartz is a better product, the prices of quartz counters have surpassed those of granite. Scientific facts between the two materials have been distorted. However it is clearly & easily show through illustrating these facts that granite is a better product. Science is not biased to any marketing.
The Moh's (Mohs) scale of hardness is the most common method used to rank gemstones and minerals according to hardness. Devised by German mineralogist Friedrich Moh in 1812, this scale grades minerals on a scale from 1 (very soft) to 10 (very hard) and is also used to measure the relative hardness of a mineral by its resistance to scratching.
We all know the old saying, "Seeing is believing". In the video demonstration below, the presenter bakes two blocks of granite in a toaster oven at 450 degrees for one hour, (granite melts at about 2300 degrees) takes them out, pours water on them you can see boil and attempts to burn them with a propane torch. The granite slabs both are completely unaffected.
Videos making the same demonstration with Quartz just do not exist. Quartz with not hold up against this kind of abuse!
Every slab of gratine is unique. Some are evenly colored while other are very diverse offering character in their appearance. Ultimately granite gives you more choices in what you want your counters to look like.
Quartz counters do not offer the same variances and exciting possibilities granite counters do.
On average, a granite countertop is worth between two through three times what it originally cost to buy and install. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important two rooms in your home in relation to increasing it's value. Plus granite countertops do not wear out, or need to be replaced.
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