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Countertop Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or want to learn more about countertops, our FAQ is a good place to get information. We’ve served the Woburn, MA, community for years because we provide high-quality craftsmanship without breaking the bank. Scroll below to get insights on different countertop materials, the best way to care for and clean your countertops, and more.
What is quartz?
Quartz is comprised of stone and epoxy resin and is one of the most durable countertop materials. It comes in a variety of colors and styles and is among the strongest materials for countertops because of its resistance to scratches, stains, and heat.
What is granite?
Granite is a rock formed by magma and is extremely hard and heat-resistant. Granite has a glass-like surface and is stain-resistant. Granite is made of quartz, feldspars, mica, hornblende, and other minerals. Granite is sometimes porous, and some varieties of this material are coated for extra protection.
What is marble?
A metamorphic rock, marble is the result of limestone being transformed into a new material via heat and pressure. A beautiful specimen, marble comes in a variety of colors but must be properly cared for with special cleaners to remain pristine and functional.
What is soapstone?
Soapstone is another metamorphic rock and gets its name because of its distinctive, soap-like feel. While resistant to heat, it can be easily cut and chipped with a knife and is usually not the first choice for countertops because of its lack of durability.
What is the difference between quartz and granite?
Quartz and granite are both durable countertop materials, though in general granite can withstand higher temperatures. This is useful in the kitchen for hot pans that can be placed directly on your countertop. Quartz is slightly heftier than granite and doesn’t chip quite as easily.
What is the difference between quartz and natural stone?
Quartz doesn’t have the natural beauty of granite and natural stone but does come in a variety of colors and styles. On the other hand, each slab of granite is 100% unique and cannot be replicated. For the highest functioning granite, most granite countertops should be sealed, which isn’t a feature of quartz countertops. Granite is more porous than quartz and does require slightly more upkeep to stay pristine and clean.
How do you clean natural stone?
Cleaning natural stone depends on which material you choose. Marble is a more delicate surface, so spills must be cleaned up promptly. Marble is sensitive to some forms of cleaning agents, and usually, you need a specific product that does not contain any harmful chemicals. Granite and quartz are far more durable, and most spills and stains can be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a dishcloth.
Will granite crack?
Under normal conditions in your kitchen, granite countertops are not at risk for cracking or chipping. Most of the risk for cracking comes during the shipping and installation process.
Can Stone Surfaces help with repairs?
Yes! In addition to installation, our expert team at Stone Surfaces is well equipped to help with restoration and repairs of existing countertops.
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