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Quartz vs. Granite Benchtops: An Easy Guide
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Hello, and welcome to another video from Granite and Marble Specialities. Today, I’d like to talk to you about benchtop materials, specifically quartz versus granite. Let’s start with quartz.
Quartz is a man-made material, roughly ninety-three percent ground. Quartz, the remaining seven percent are epoxies, binders, fillers and colours. All of these gives quartz a tremendous strength.
Quartz is very stain resistant and non-porous, therefore you do not need to seal quartz. One of the things I like about quartz is just a very wide-ranging palette of monochromatic colours and patterns you can choose, especially if you’re looking for something more modern for your kitchen, I think you may find that quartz is the product for you. One other thing is that quartz seems beautiful. Should I have to put a seam in your kitchen, chances are that seam is going to flow much nicer and almost disappear with quartz versus granite.
Talk about granite. Granite is all natural product taken right from the earth, millions of years old. We take it, we cut it, and we polish it. Every single slab is very different from the next, full of character and movement and beauty. I also love the fact that I can get much larger slabs of granite versus quartz. I can probably find a slab at average 75 inches by 130. If I’m talking about quartz, we’re talking maybe 55 by 120. And in our business, one or two inches means the difference perhaps between one slab for your project and two.
Also, a lot of our clients want bigger and bigger islands, and they do not want seams on them. Therefore, keep granite in mind, if nothing else, maybe just for your island, I think you’ll be very happy. Also, if something catastrophic were to happen- a pop waterfall- any of the chips or scratches or things, we can buff out, refill- it’s called the chip fill.
They’re just much easier to repair than with quartz, but both of them are repairable. The real difference between those comes down to heat. You take a very hot pan and you put it on granite, you’ve got a few minutes- get something, pick it up and take it off. If you put the same pot of the quartz, you’re going to run the risk of actually burning it. But, if something were to happen to your granite, we would just come in and top polish, very simple. Also remember, you need to seal your granite annually.
Sealing is very simple and do not be afraid of it. Folks want to know, what’s the big cost difference between quartz and granite? Simple. We’re talking about quartz, you’re running anywhere from $60 a foot to $100 a foot installed. We’re talking about granite, you’re somewhere $50 a foot, going up to about $85 a foot.
The big thing is, come on down, we have a massive stone gallery here with hundreds of granite slabs and quartz slabs and everything in between. And our highly trained staff would be happy to help find what the best product is for you and your lifestyle. I think really what it comes down to is, what is most aesthetically pleasing to you?
What most highlights your lifestyle? And what fits your budget the best? Until next time when we talk, from all of us here at Granite Marbles Specialties, take care.