At present, there is a wide range of options for cabinet countertops. The commonly used ones are natural stone, artificial stone, acrylic, stainless steel, and so on. Due to the special requirements for the use of cabinet countertops, the requirements for hardness are very high. Among many materials, artificial quartz stone and natural granite rank at the forefront with their own advantages. So what is the difference between them?
Quartz stone is a new high-tech man-made stone synthesized from fine and gorgeous quartz stone. The composition of the plate is more than 93% quartz crystal, high-performance resin, and special pigment. The countertop made of quartz stone has no radioactive elements harmful to the human body on the basis of ensuring high hardness, high-temperature resistance, acid and alkali resistance, impact resistance, and easy cleaning. The surface of quartz stone is as hard as granite, the color is as rich as marble, the structure is as anti-corrosion and anti-fouling as glass, and the shape after finishing is as perfect as artificial stone.
Granite is an igneous rock, also called acid crystalline plutonic rock. It is the most widely distributed rock in igneous rock. It belongs to hard stone. It is composed of feldspar, quartz, and mica. Its composition is mainly silica, accounting for about 65%~ 75%. The rock is hard and dense, and can be divided into three types according to the size of its crystal grains: “pegmatite”, “coarse crystal” and “fine crystal”. The quality of granite depends on the mineral composition and structure. High-quality granite has fine and uniform crystal particles, less mica content, and more quartz, and does not contain pyrite. Granite is not easy to weather and deteriorate, and its appearance and color can be maintained for more than a hundred years.
The main component of quartz stone and granite is silicon dioxide. Quartz stone belongs to artificial stone. There are strict selection standards in production. After removing impurities and pickling, it is selected by quartz stone manufacturers as plate filling. Granite is a natural stone and is naturally formed.
To sum up, engineered quartz stone is more suitable for a variety of different countertop products than granite.