Introduction: Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust. There are various types of quartz, many of which are semi-precious stones. For years, these varieties of quartz have been used to make jewelry and carvings, mainly in the Middle East and Europe. Granite, on the other hand, is a common kind of igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture. The Red Pyramid of Egypt was built using granite.Polished granite is much in demand in today’s architecture, and adds a touch of class to a that much sought after luxurious ambience.
Here’s a look at the differences between quartz and granite.
Quartz: Quartz counterparts comprise crushed quartz combined with resin in a ration of 93% quartz and 7% resin. They are made in a variety of colours and patterns.
A few types of quartz stones are:
Amethyst: A popular form of quartz that ranges from bright to dark or dull purple. This type of quartz is found in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Russia, France, Namibia, and Morocco.
Citrine: This is a variety of quartz that is found in pale yellow to brown because of the ferric impurities it contains.
Rose Quartz: This type has a pale pink colour because it contains traces of titanium, iron and manganese.
Quartz is as strong as granite; however, quartz is more flexible and thus is easier to work with.It is non-porous and does not need sealing. Quartz stone tops provide a no-maintenance material solution for countertops. Such tops are stain resistant and is easy to clean and very economical. However, the colour of quartz can fade if exposed to direct sunlight.These countertops require professional installation as the stone is heavier than granite.One may see seams on quartz countertops over time. If one uses a darker colour stone, the seams will not be as visible.Manufactures of quartz counterparts can customize the texture shape and size.Quartz ranges from around $65 to $100 per square foot. In the early part of the last century, the watches people used were non-battery operated and had a winding key to keep the watch running. As technology progressed, watch companies began to use quartz in the production of watches.
Granite: Granite countertops are quarried directly from the earth in big slabs. They are later cut and polished. Granite is 100%natural. Granite counterparts are not uniform in their appearance, since they are obtained from the earth, making each stone different from the other.Since granite is a porous stone, it needs to be sealed well for it to be considered stain resistant. Though it is durable, it can chip and break if used roughly. With proper maintenance, it can last a lifetime and possibly beyond. These tops too, like quartz tops, require professionals to install. Seams are prominently visible on granite and begin to show once it is installed. Granite does not fade so easily if exposed to sunlight. Since these stones are obtained from the earth, they are difficult to customize. Granite comes in a variety of prices, starting at $30 per square foot. Granite is also used as an ingredient in the construction of buildings, pavements, monuments, bridges and many more. Rocks like anorthosite, gneiss, are sold under the trade name of granite.