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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

Thursday, March 09 2017

I loved this very balanced article from about the battle between Quartz and granite. (See the link below) I have found that most information written about countertop material originates from the product's marketing departments, or from homeowners who tend to be biased toward the decision they have already made. It is refreshing to read true pros and cons, followed by comments from actual experts, in this case designers and fabricators. It is also interesting to note the different perspectives most often taken by the two professions. Designers typically prioritize appearance and trendiness; Fabricators tend to go for function and longevity. 

After reading the article and the comments that followed, I spotted a few common themes:
1) At the moment, Quartz is in high demand and very popular among designers. In contrast, granite is prefered by builders & fabricators, as it is time-tested and will continue to be around for a very long time.

2) Properties true about one Quartz are pretty much true about all. On the other hand, granite comes in many varieties and therefore is more difficult to make blanket statements about. There are "busy" granites and "clean style" granites. There are hard granites, harder granites, and granites that are the very hardest. While one exotic variety of granite may be porous, or chip easily, most others do not have these problems. (Todays sealers are so effective, staining is no longer a big concern with granite)

3) Under certain circumstances, Quartz may scorch, chip, or fade, and cannot be repaired. Quartz may crack if it comes in contact with high temperatures, as it is not heat-proof. Be sure to read the warranty! Granite is very heat-resistant and can be repaired if it chips. 

4) Finally, those of us who are partial to natural stone are bothered by the artificial elements of Quartz. (The unnatural look, especially when used in large expanses, the toxins in the polymors used to manufacture, the misleading name) 

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Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick, owners

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