Quartz Counters Calgary
The comparison between quartz and granite countertops has to be on the basis of technical and functional parameters. It has to consider the physical and chemical properties of both the materials from the practical aspects. Then, you can consider the properties like customization, color, pattern, and other related factors. Finally, you can consider the aesthetic and economic aspects. In this article, we have listed out some of the most important properties, which will have an impact on all these parameters.
Quartz is a non-porous material with resistance to a large number of chemicals and acids. You can test the countertop for some of the common chemicals you use at home. Sodium hydrochloride, laundry bleach, ethylene glycol, and alcohol are some of the chemicals that may accidentally spill on the countertops at home. You can clean the spill with a sponge or a chemical absorbent and see the results later. It will remain spotless and bright as before.
Granite, on the other hand, is a porous material. It could be prone to stains if it is allowed to soak on chemicals and other liquids which can cause them. It is particularly prone to fruit juice, and wine. You have to make sure that you have cleaned off the stains as quickly as possible.
Quartz has high resistance to elements like soda vinegar and ammonia. They have no effect of corrosion or etching. The countertop can work for many years despite the continuous exposure to such home and products and bleaching liquids.
Granite has the weakness of etching to the chemicals specified above. The process of etching may start at the corners and move into the interiors. In other cases, it may start at the point of contact and spread all over the surface within a gradually paced time.
Quartz can endure consistent exposure to external impact. It could be static or dynamic. The static instance is the installation of a stove or a heavy appliance on the countertop. Example for dynamic load could be stepping and walking o the countertop to fit a ceiling fan or overhead kitchen cabinet. Of course, it has a maximum limit of impact, depending on the size and thickness of the countertop.
Granite does have an impact resistance to a moderate extent. It can also endure the load of objects like kitchen appliances and utensils. However, the ability to impact resistance ends there. If you have placed heavy objects like a large stove or a medium size refrigerator, it can start developing internal cracks within it. They may develop gradually over a period of time, or within a short span, depending on the size and thickness of the object, the countertop platform and the duration of impact.
Heat and Humidity
Quartz is resistant to heat and humidity from a temperature of 150-degrees to a temperature of 200-degrees. It also has equal resistance to humidity within the same temperature range. However, any temperature above the maximum value can cause internal damages like cracks and chip. At that time the humidity resistance factors will also come down considerably.
Granite, on the other hand, can tolerate a temperature of 1200-degree. For example, you can take out a hot pan from the oven or stove and keep it directly over the granite countertop. You can keep the hot objects continuously on the granite countertop for many hours. At the end of the duration, you will find the granite countertop to be in the same condition as in the initial stage. There will be no stains or marks of any damages.
Quartz is resistant to scratches from objects like metal utensils, sharp objects and other commonly used household objects. The resistance is particularly high at the centre of the countertop. There could be small scratches when the edges come into contact with the household furniture like tables. So, you should be very careful while moving the household objects within the vicinity of the quartz countertop.
Granite, On the other hand, has a high resistance to scratch than quartz. It is mainly due to the natural density and molecular structure of the material. Any external impact on the surface area with a sharp object will always face an equal and opposite reaction from the inner layers of the countertop. Hence, the probability of scratches is almost near to zero.
Quartz is a great aesthetic asset to your kitchen, bathroom, or any other location where you want to install the countertop. It is primarily due to the transparent and translucent properties of the material. Quartz is an artificially created objected by combining the natural quartz stones with artificial fibers. Hence, it can be molded according to the specific needs of the users. For example, it is possible to bring in many of the visually attractive properties like an illusion, 3-D effects, and virtual motion within the quartz countertops.
Quartz is also well known for its ability to allow light penetration. Light can penetrate through the surface and enter the inner layers. The inner molecules of the quartz countertop can reflect the light in a wide range of angles. Hence, the visual impact of the 3-D effects will be much stronger. The quart is specifically useful when you want to have an ambient lighting system within your kitchen.
You can consider the lighting between the overhead cabinet and the underneath countertop. It is highly required while preparing food, cleaning, cutting vegetables, and performing other kitchen related activities. Having a quartz countertop can be highly helpful as it reflects light. The visibility of objects will be better during any time in the day and night.
Granite is aesthetically good when it comes to the selection of colours, patterns and designs. You can find a vast range of natural variants in these aspects. However, granite is an opaque and natural object. Hence, it may not be possible to add the kind of additives which you may add to quartz. In that aspect, you may find limitations with the granite countertop.
You can choose between granite and quartz based on your specific needs for strength and stability, durability, quality and aesthetic properties.