One of your biggest decisions when updating your kitchen will be whether you should go with granite countertops or quartz countertops. At Altra Home Décor in Surprise, AZ we know it’s more than just about price, it’s also about color, durability, design and maintenance. In order to make a well informed decision we must first properly define Granite and Quartz.
- Granite is a very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone. Quartz usually makes up 10 to 50 percent of the light-colored minerals in Granite, with the remaining minerals consisting of the feldspars and muscovite.
- Quartz is a hard white or colorless mineral consisting of silicon dioxide, found widely in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. It is often colored by impurities (as in amethyst, citrine, and cairngorm). Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, after feldspar. Its crystal structure is a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedral, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedral, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2.