What’s the difference between natural stone and Quartz?

We get this question all the time:

What’s the difference between natural stone and quartz countertops?

One of the most noticeable differences is the depth, the variation, and the color- Quartz can be a great fit if you want a very consistent pattern.

Is it just that it’s cheaper for them to make? — a price comparison– Quartz prices vary, we offer a wide variety of Quartz products. We price all projects once we have the layout, with that we can accurately account for the material and labor involved and in doing so we can be as commutative as possible.

The realistic pros and cons —

Granite along with other natural stones such as Marble & Quartzite will have to be resealed, whereas Quartz does not. We encourage our customers to identify the overall look and feel they want to achieve, and to not focus on having to reseal or not. If they do select a natural stone the sealing processes very simple. The product is “wipe on, wipe off,” which makes it extremely user friendly.

A simple Granite cleaner is sufficient and since it’s such a dense stone the likelihood that anything will penetrate it is small once sealed properly.  However, a telltale sign that the Granite needs to be resealed is when water stops beading up on the surface.

Marble —  It’s a much softer and more porous natural stone compared to granite. It is important to reseal it more often.

What about Soap Stone?

While soap stone is a beautiful natural stone that is extremely dense and not porous, however it is easy to scratch the surface. We recommend wax to darken the stone and it will also make the scratches and dings less noticeable. Soapstone will not look the same forever but that’s usually what the customer is looking for – an aged look.  Soapstone can be found in varying shades of grey, black, and green, and all of these will become much darker once waxed.

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