Both granite and quartz countertops will provide you with years of low maintenance beauty and a high level of utility. Natural granite generally has a larger degree of variation and movement in its patterning – resulting in a unique and organic look which is desirable for many people. The manmade nature of quartz allows for a wider range of colorways, and has greater color consistency. Quartz is sealed in the process of its manufacture, and is therefore perhaps slightly easier to clean and maintain.
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Granite is an igneous rock made up of primarily quartz, feldspar, micas, amphiboles, and some selection of additional trace minerals. The minerals’ composition and the different effects they create give granite the varying colors and textures that make it so appealing. In scientific terms, granite is a plutonic rock that is composed of quartz, which is most commonly semi-transparent white, and feldspar, which is usually a pinkish or white hue. Granite is formed in place during the cooling period of molten rock. The slower the rock cools, the larger the mineral crystal deposits in the resulting granite, giving the stone depth and visual interest.
In contrast to granite, quartz countertops are manmade, and are composed of 90 percent quartz. The remaining 10 percent derives from resins, polymers, and decorative pigments (for coloration). The resulting surface is extremely durable and has no naturally occurring pores or areas prone to cracking. Quartz slabs also come in a wide range of consistent colors.