Granite is extremely durable but should not be considered indestructible. It is a natural rock and can break or chip if abused, but if they aren’t abused and are properly maintained they’ll last a lifetime. Granite is a durable material that’s resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements. Due to its porous nature though, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting and damage can be done if your counter receives a high impact blow. In general, darker granites are very dense and sometimes don’t even require a sealer. Lighter granites are more porous and may require multiple coats of sealer .
Even though the name “quartz” refers to a natural mineral, engineered quartz (sometimes also called “engineered stone”) is a manufactured product. It’s made from quartz particles bonded together with resin, pigments, and other ingredients. Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing – ever. While very durable they cannot be considered indestructible. They are stain-resistant so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a quick cleanup. One drawback that you should definitely take note of is the quartz can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If part of your counter receives strong UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, over time you may see a color difference.
Quartzite is the result of sandstone and the mineral quartz being put under extreme heat and pressure. Its use for countertops in kitchens is expanding rapidly. At least ninety percent of a quartzite rock is quartz. Even though both granite and quartzite are porous, quartzite is denser, which means that there are fewer pores. It is harder and more resistant to stains than granite. Heat Resistance – Quartzite is almost heat proof.
Marble is a natural type of stone and moderate to high maintenance. The care involved is keeping it sealed, avoiding acidic materials and wiping up spills quickly. Marble is especially vulnerable to acidic foods and liquids, so be very careful to keep them off the marble or to clean up immediately after contact.
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