Granite is an igneous rock that is formed when magma cools and solidifies under extensive pressure. The conditions that form granite is what make it heat and scratch resistant. Granite comes in a broad spectrum of colors and designs. Some have specks that give them a “salt and pepper” look while others have veining similar to marble. Due to its durability and its resistant to scratching, staining, and etching, granite has become one of the most popular stones to purchase when remodeling a home.

Marble is a metamorphic rock that was once limestone, but over time, the combination of intense heat and pressure caused the limestone to re-crystallize. Foreign substances entering the stone during this process, creates an infinite variety of colors and veining. One of the principle uses of marble includes decorative covering of surfaces, in both interiors and exteriors; especially due to the beautiful and unique aspect it can give buildings and homes. Although marble is a high quality material that provides elegance and sophistication in all spaces, it tends to be fragile and delicate. For this reason, this material should be used and sealed correctly in order to not incur large costs in the long run.

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is formed when sandstone is subjected to extreme heat and pressure caused by tectonic plate compression in the crust of the earth. Quartzite is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners because of its beauty and durability. It is harder and more resistant to damage from every day use and the elements than granite and other types of natural stones that are used as countertop surfaces.

Quartz and quartzite are often confused but they are vastly different. Quartz is consisted of mostly crushed quartz and a small amount of resin, given the way that the material is manipulated; it is referred to as a manufactured slab. Quartz does not require any type of sealing and is just as strong as granite. The added benefit of having a manufactured slab is that the color and patterns are more uniform than a natural stone slab.

Out of all the natural stones used for countertops, granite is the least porous which means it is the most durable against staining. Prior to being sent to distribution it is polished and impregnated with a resin. After fabrication and installation another sealant is applied to further protect from staining.

Water, oils, and other liquids left on granite and marble slabs for an extended period of time will show evidence of moisture.

It is recommended to clean your countertops everyday with water only, if needed, use a neutral or soft detergent to wipe down the countertops. Cleaning agents that contain corrosives, acids, citrus bases, and ammonia should be avoided when cleaning your countertops. Using the wrong cleaning agent can damage the surface of the countertop and can ruin the natural shine or finish of the stone.

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