Quartz countertops are comprised of crushed quartz mixed with resin. This is done in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin. They are manufactured in a diverse collection of different patterns and colors. Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite, but have more flexibility. This makes them easier to work with during installation. Quartz is non-porous and does not have to be sealed. Therefore, quartz countertops are virtually zero-maintenance materials. They are also very durable, but shouldn't be considered indestructible. Quartz countertops are also highly stain-resistant, so dropping a glass of red wine on them will simply require a quick cleanup.
Quartz countertops do have one drawback that you should be informed of. They may become discolored over time when exposed to the UV rays in direct sunlight. They should be professionally installed as well, since quartz is even heavier than granite of the same dimensions.
Choosing between granite and quartz is a strictly personal choice. Both make stunning countertops, and there will likely be one that you like better than the other. There are some manufacturers that offer very beautiful brands of quartz countertops such as Caesarstone and Cambria. You'll just have to decide for yourself which one you prefer.
Some homeowners like the look of granite more than quartz, because it has a natural earthy appearance; others prefer the uniformity of quartz. At the end of the day, however, you can't go wrong no matter which countertop you choose.
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