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04 Sep 2013 - 05:25:47 pm

Review The Differences Between The 4 Most Popular Quartz Kitchen Countertops

So you want to improve your kitchen or bathroom with a new counter-top, but you're unsure what your options are. Chances are you've been aware of marble and granite. All things considered, they have been used for myriad development functions for centuries and you usually see marble and granite countertops in luxury homes.


But how about Silestone...isn't it much better than granite?


Well, this will depend on what you think is better. Nevertheless, Silestone and other designers of manufactured quartz stone counter-tops, for example Zodiaq and Cambria would have you imagine their product is a substantial upgrade from granite.


Engineered stone counter-tops are a man-made solution that mixes quartz present in granite with a resin to make a surface with properties nearly identical to granite. Silestone and all the others make basically the same product, which is widely viewed as an excellent countertop surface.


Nevertheless, these firms decide to try to make mountains out of molehills in an effort to sell their product and compete against granite which will be and has bee the most popular and proven surface type.


Fantasy #1: Sealing granite is a horrible, filthy job.


This matter has been blown way out of proportion with marketing. It's usually listed as a benefit and one could get the feeling that granite is defective and should be sealed with over and over to protect it.


True, there isn't to implement a granite wax to a manufactured stone countertop. And hey, that is great, but applying a granite wax is actually a very simple and rare 'wipe on, wipe off' procedure. It is not a major job and for all practical purposes it is not a determining factor when comparing Silestone vs. granite.


Also, it generally does not take a closet full of special chemicals to defend your granite and keep its luster as Cambria and other engineered rock countertop producers recommend on their websites. Hi, to their credit they're just trying to successfully market their product.


A small secret about most granite.. . .


You could do nothing but wipe it with a sponge for years and it would still look gorgeous. Minimal, simple preservation conducted routinely can, but, give you peace of mind and draw out the best in your granite and natural rock. And the same may be said about quartz. Cleaning and treatment is equally simple for either surface.


Fantasy #2: Again with the sealing.


You could also read that you should seal granite to maintain it's shiny polish. Incorrect. Sealing is for stain resistance. Both artificial and natural rock counter-tops are polished by buffing and grinding the surface in to a clean sparkle.


Fantasy #3: Granite contains bacteria.


Silestone also tries to maintain their product avoids bacteria while granite 'harbors' bacteria. This can be absolutely false. Studies show that both granite and quartz are among the safest and cleanest surfaces on the industry today, but one is not superior to the other.


So Which Counter-top Is Best?


Well, once you remove the nonsense and you recognize that man-made quartz countertops and granite perform equally well and that the care and cleaning of each area is actually the same, the selection between granite and Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq or other quartz counter-tops usually boils down to color, sample and perceived value for most buyers.


Color and Value


Granite enjoys a greater 'prestige' due to it is normal uniqueness and is consequently, of greater value in the minds on most homeowners and consumers. New granites seriously the industry all the time from different countries delivering hundreds and possibly 1000s of different colors and designs to choose from.


The is quartz cheaper than granite and other engineered rock companies offer 20-50 shade possibilities which have essentially the same repetitive pebbled appearance. The benefit here is the fact that you never have a problem matching a pattern or color at a seam, which occasionally is a problem with granite. Needless to say, you may end up with the very same countertop as each slab is exclusive as your friend, that will maybe not happen with granite.


More details can be found on this article.


Therefore, whether you select engineered stone or granite you will get a superb countertop surface. Just don't listen to all the marketing hype and pick your product-based on which color and pattern you prefer best.



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