Quartz vs. Granite

What you may not know about your countertops could surprise you.

Cambria Quartz - Hollinsbrook

 

 

by Myles Biggs

Popular culture has led many to believe that granite countertops are the best value for their money. Additionally, granite countertops are often seen as a status symbol among home owners – only those who ‘have arrived’ can afford to have granite in their kitchen.

However, what many people do not realize is that granite requires a fair amount of maintenance in order to keep it damage-free.

Typically, granite is composed of approximately 50% quartz, with the other 50% containing a variety of porous and weaker minerals. Since granite is porous, it requires periodic sealing, polishing or reconditioning. These reconditioning processes often involved dangerous chemicals and messy oils. Furthermore, since granite is porous, failure to seal and recondition your countertops can allow moisture from raw or leftover food to be drawn into the surface. This moisture can contain harmful bacteria and can contaminate other food during normal preparation. 

The solution? Forget about granite and opt for quartz countertops.

Unlike granite, quartz countertops are nearly 100% pure quartz and do not contain high levels of weak and porous minerals. Because of this, quartz is non-porous and does not require periodic sealing, polishing or reconditioning – just use warm water and mild soap to clean your quartz surfaces. Additionally, as a non-porous material, quartz will not harbor bacteria in the same way as granite – making it an ideal surface for food preparation.

For those home owners who want to maintain the natural beauty of granite, while taking advantage of the benefits offered by quartz, Ritz-Craft is pleased to offer Cambria quartz products. Similar to Ritz-Craft, Cambria is a family-owned, American-Made company that operates out of Minnesota. The image carousel above highlights the colors we offer from their Waterstone Collection.

Contact us for information about this product and be sure to add Cambria quartz to your Ritz-Craft Favorites System.