Granite is a natural stone, and is therefore subject to natural variations, offering a truly unique appearance. Apart from the durability and natural look of granite, it remains cool in a way no other surface can, and is therefore of practical use in some cooking where ingredients are best kept cool, such as in baking.
Granite comes in a variety of colors from light grays and whites to darker shades, allowing it to be matched with any choice of flooring, decor and cabinets. Patterning is equally as varied, from almost plain to rich swirling patterns and speckling.
What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone countertops formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look.
“Should I seal my granite and marble, and how often?”
is a question we are frequently asked. Homeowners want to know if sealing granite and marble is necessary, and if it will prevent any and all stains.
The best answer is perhaps a qualified, “It depends.” Generally speaking darker granites like Black Galaxy and Tan Brown do not need sealing very often, and once per year is usually sufficient. Dark stones are denser than
lighter ones, and any stains are usually nearly invisible or barely perceptible because of the darkness of the stone. In plain terms the lighter the color, the more often you should seal it. White and light-colored granites should be sealed more often. Most recommendations would say every three months.
Sealing Granite or Marble is easy:
Clear everything off the counters so the entire surface is accessible.
Clean the surface with a mild detergent (dish soap is fine).
If needed, scrape away any built up residues that may have accumulated since the last time the surface was thoroughly cleaned. A single edged razor blade or scraper can be helpful, but be careful not to gouge the blade into the countertop or your finger!
If needed, acetone can help remove residues from things like window cleaners and will help strip even the old sealer off.
Follow the directions on the container to apply the sealer. Most often it’s just a matter misting the sealer on, letting it soak in, and wiping away the excess. Sealing a typical kitchen usually requires less than 20 minutes, and vanities often even less. Applying a second coat may provide a greater sense of security, but is not always helpful or necessary since most stones will stop accepting sealer at some point.
Congratulations! Your stone is protected and you’re now done for months to come!
What is the difference between Granite and Quartz?
Despite the price difference in the two countertop options there are really two variables that you should take into account. … Quartz countertops are sealed and therefore not porous, they are primarily made of Quartz, which means they are more durable than Granite.
Granite is a natural stone but Quartz is a man made stone.
Granite soaks liquid (especially light colors) but Quartz is liquid proof.
Granite is not weak for heat but Quartz is a bit sensitive for heat. You need to be careful.
Granite needs to be sealed every year but Quartz does not need sealing.