Kitchen countertops: granite or quartz?
Granite is an igneous rock of great beauty, whose basic composition is quartz, feldspar and mica, which give it a very high hardness and a great resistance to abrasion. It is also completely recyclable, ecological and easy to maintain. That is why it is a great alternative to the work surface of the kitchen, which requires a great deal of endurance and an important partner in preparing the food. But the aesthetic limitations of granite are in the colors and tones that can be found and that do not always fit in the modern and avant-garde designs of many cuisines today. That is why the success of the quartz worktops is based on its great variety of colors and finishes that precisely granite can not offer them. However, despite efforts to create an artificial product from a blend of pure quartz, pigments and resins with similar or even superior characteristics to natural granite, the weak point of the quartz countertops is their lower direct heat resistance , Although it is easy to solve if, for example, a support table is used.
So the dilemma is to decide for the granite if the design is the right one and it is valued more the functionality or by the quartz if we are willing to sacrifice some comfort in favor of the appearance.
Style, resistance and maintenance are three of the characteristics that you have to take into account in the choice of the worktop. The worktop is the foundation on which any kitchen is based. In the first place, because the two essential elements of this stay are integrated in it: the cooking zone or plate and the washing area.
Quartz and resin: Quartz countertops are made of quartz in 90% and resin in about 10%. Quartz resists impacts very well, moisture (not porous), contact with sharp edges and abrasive products. However, it is necessary to put a protector if objects are to be placed on them at high temperatures, such as pans.