If you take a look at the natural stone (granite, quartz and marble) market for counter top. You'll notice there are two clear front runners granite and quartz. However, in previous years granite has always been the preferred natural stone of the two. Recent developments on quartz have made this stone a worthy competition for granite. Quartz is one of the planets stronger materials making it the perfect earthly substance to adorn your countertop.
Quartz is customizable and extremely durable with aesthetic qualities that can't be matched by any other material. Quartz stones begin as a number of dispersed crystals in the earth that undergo a certain reaction to become the slab of natural stone in your kitchen. It is formed of hexagonal crystalline structure, which is why quartz so incredibly durable. Quartz can be found in a variety of different colors with the most common being white and clear.
The majority of quartz stones used in homes as vanity tops or kitchen counter tops are made up of 93% quartz crystals and 7% polymers. This is what makes it heat proof, stain-resistant, almost scratch proof and maintenance free. Quartz's other quality is the color variety, probably the most appealing factor to homeowners (Unlike the Granite natural stone that is very limited and unpredictable, and marble that only appears in light tones).
When you purchase a Quartz counter top it is fundamentally paying for itself since its increases the value of your home. Quartz counters can often be mistaken for granite counter tops. They can be created to look just as organic as granite does. This natural stone has become a home designers delight, it's easy to work with, does not need the extra maintenance hassle, and can go either way with uniform and irregular patterns and colors. People always have a difficult time choosing from the two stones. They both have their qualities, so talk to an expert and see what is right for your needs.
At Granite Island, we offer all our clients a free consultation and estimation with a natural stone expert. To schedule your appointment contact us at: 514-952-7400