4 Most Common Myths About Granite and Quartz

Granite and Quartz are two of the most popular stone choices for countertops, and for those who are doing construction or renovations of your space, choosing between these both can be a challenge.

There are many misconceptions about these two stones, here we check the most common myths about each so you can choose your material with confidence.

Granite:

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Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, but it seems that there are a few myths circulating about granite. Today we will dispel the myths surrounding one granite and explain the facts about this stone.

Myth 1: Granite Is Unsafe for Food Preparation

There is a myth that bacteria and germs get into the pores of granite, in return making it unsafe to prepare food on a granite surface. Fortunately for granite lovers, this is completely untrue. A granite countertop will contain no more bacteria than any other countertop surface.

Another rumor about granite being unsafe stems from a claim that countertops made with the stone emit cancer-causing radon. Fortunately for the owners of granite countertops, these claims haven’t been substantiated, and the EPA hasn’t found any evidence that granite countertops emit a level of radon that should be classified as unsafe.

Myth 2: Granite is Expensive

While what qualifies as expensive is completely subjective, granite countertops aren’t really much more price than other countertop surfaces. Obviously, there are cheaper options for countertop surfaces, such as laminate or tile, but granite pricing is competitive with similar stone options.

Also, the abundant supply of granite has driven prices down, and when compared to other natural stones, it is one of the cheaper options on the market due to the ability to access it. As more people purchase granite countertops, the cheaper it costs to have one in your home.

Myth 3: Granite Will Lose Its Shine

The culprit in this myth is marble, not granite. With regular use, granite rarely shows wear but if you do notice dulling, you can apply polish to make it sparkle again.

Myth 4: Granite Is Hard to Maintain

Granite countertops need to be sealed, but this is not an onerous process. To maintain your granite, simply wash them down with a granite cleaner or soap and water and, once dry, apply them on a granite sealer. The entire process takes less than fifteen minutes and you only need to reseal the surface every 12 to 18 months. 

Quartz:

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops have been popular for a while now, but there is still a great deal of misinformation and many myths out there about these beautiful countertops. Some common misconceptions include all quartz countertops looking the same, the idea that quartz is easily damaged, and the myth that you can only get quartz countertops with one type of edge. 

Myth 1: Quartz Is Easily Damaged

For some reason, there is a common misconception that quartz is easily damaged or stains. Quartz isn’t quite as tough or as stain-resistant as granite, but it is still quite tough. It takes high temperatures or gouging with a harder mineral to damage a quartz countertop. Quartz may stain over time, as it is slightly porous, but getting your quartz countertop sealed will reduce the chances of this happening.

Myth 2: All Quartz Countertops Look The Same

There is a persistent myth that all quartz countertops look alike. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Nowadays, you can even get quartz countertops that look like marble or granite. Quartz is one of the most versatile types of countertops.

Myth 3: Quartz Countertops Don’t Contain Any Natural Stone

One of the most common myths about quartz countertops is that they don’t contain any natural stone. Quartz countertops are manmade in specialized factories. However, quartz is used when manufacturing quartz countertops. This natural stone is then combined with manmade resins to enhance the stone’s natural beauty and toughness.

Myth 4: Quartz Lacks Variety

This myth likely arises from the fact that quartz is engineered. Although quartz is manufactured in a factory and is a uniform material in terms of substance, it doesn’t lack variety. In fact, quartz can be made in colours and designs limited only by your imagination.

Granite and quartz are the two most popular countertops. Both of them are durable, beautiful, and attractive. Understanding more about both of them will help you select the very best option for your individual project.

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