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Quartz and Granite – Two Choices for your Countertops

The hardest part about installing bathroom countertops in Toronto is the wealth of stone available to consumers. Between granite and quartz, the range of colours and patterns are endless – making the final choice difficult.
There are, however, important qualitative differences that should be considered before a purchase is made. Basically, the choice boils down to beauty versus functionality. And, in the case of the stone's appearance, the irregularity of granite may not be the first choice of home decorators. Therefore, designers may be in favour of quartz – but you must be the judge.

Granite's Pros and Cons

The durability of granite is legendary. It has long been the stone of choice for tombs (think: pyramids) or public buildings. Granite is quarried around the world, and the variety of sources means that it comes in an astonishing range of shades – from pinks and blues to noble greys. It is speckled and striated, making no two pieces alike. As a result, you can find stone that works with just about any décor. Granite slabs make impressive countertops and in a bathroom setting can really set a tone for the room.
But there are drawbacks. Granite is relatively porous. When polished by the dealer, the slabs are treated with a polyurethane sealer, which makes it more water resistant. But the porosity still makes them more vulnerable to contamination from bacteria, if not cleaned properly (a mild detergent and warm water suffices). Granite should be professionally resealed from every other year to once in five years.

The Benefits of Quartz

Found in large quantities around the globe, quartz is an extremely hard substance, much more so that granite. The only materials that are more scratch-resistant than quartz are diamonds, sapphire, and topaz. There are different "brands” of quartz used in home applications, but essentially their composition is the same: 93% quartz and 7% resins and colours.
Because there is an engineered element, the colour and shades are uniform throughout the slab. That can be a plus or minus, depending on the consumer's desire for uniformity in design.
The durability and lack of porosity makes quartz countertops less work to maintain that granite. In particular, it does not require resealing. The lack of porosity favours its use in kitchens, as well. Like granite, it resists scorching, staining, and scratching. Spills from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, or makeup won't harm it. Whereas, granite would require immediate cleaning . However, quartz can chip and hot items should not be placed directly on it.

Choosing a Dealer

There are lots of companies eager to sell you quartz and granite, but your best bet is to choose a specialist. Look for a dealer for whom stone (and especially quartz and granite) is its main source of business. What is their level of expertise? Does the salesperson have time to answer your questions – and are they willing to consider whatever unique conditions or applications you may have for the stone in your home? Finally, consider what kind of warranty the dealer will offer on the sale, and subsequent installation, of the stone.
Quartz or granite – the choice is yours. No two homes are the same and no two countertops are used the same way.

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