Granite is used for kitchen and bathroom countertops because of its beauty and durability.
Granite, the top choice in countertops, is available in a variety of shades such as blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges, and no two pieces are exactly the same. Granite is almost always polished to a high-gloss finish when used for kitchen or bathroom counter tops. This brings out the unique features of each piece of stone. Depending on where it was mined, granite can include dull spots, fissures or pitting. These add to the stone’s beauty and one of a kind quality. How easily each of these characteristics can be seen also depends on the lighting in the room. Lighting conditions definitely affect how the granite appears.
Other natural stone materials, like marble, limestone and quartzite, are softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care. All stone countertops must be sealed periodically. Engineered stone countertops come in a wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops, are more durable and are a cinch to maintain. Quartz countertops are significantly stronger than granite countertops. They are less vulnerable to chipping and cracking from falling objects. In addition, quartz is inherently scratch resistant from normal wear and tear Quartz countertops are a non-porous surface. This means quartz will not absorb water or other fluids.
Being non-porous is the biggest advantage of quartz counters when compared to other natural stone counter materials Granite countertops require a sealer to be applied after installation and reapply regularly to prevent staining. Sealing is not needed for quartz countertops because it is non-porous. Quartz is relatively maintenance free when compared to others countertop materials. In the past, the biggest knock against quartz was that it lacked the patterns and color variations you get with natural stone. But that’s a moot point now, with all the manufacturers offering multihued slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. They were once available only with a polished finish; now you can get one with a honed treatment.