Granite Countertops – Getting Old and Outdated
So, you’re a young couple planning your first house together. You’ve got the kitchen all figured out, except for the countertop. What material is it going to be? For many, granite is the first choice that comes to mind for a kitchen’s interior design.
But, aren’t granite kitchen countertops getting old and outdated? Aren’t there newer materials out there that offer all the benefits of granite countertops but with a much broader range of design choices and new advantages?
You bet there are! At Caesarstone, our development teams work tirelessly to provide innovative materials that are easily customized for the tastes and preferences of our diverse and discerning customers.
Granite Countertops – or Composite Quartz?
Granite countertops had been the standard when it comes to stone materials used for countertops. Caesarstone composite quartz has changed all that. Like granite countertops, a countertop that uses composite quartz is also super hard and nonporous, making it extremely resistant to mold, mildew, and germs.
Unlike granite kitchen countertops, composite quartz countertops can range in colors from fine-grained salt and pepper patterns to coarse-grained, color blends.
More than that, granite can crack if a sharp, hard object hits it just right and it can easily stain if it’s sealed with a pre-existing stain. Our materials don’t do that. Composite quartz countertops are stain, scratch, chip, and crack resistant!
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For those that want a countertop that will last well into the life of their kitchen space, granite countertops are the has-beens. Caesarstone composite quartz is the new material of choice when it comes to finishing off a bold and exciting kitchen, interior design.
Granite Used as Building Material
Granite has been used for thousands of years in both exterior and interior applications. Granite dimension stone is used in bridges, buildings, monuments, paving, and other exterior projects. Tiles and polished granite slabs are used indoors as granite countertops, stair treads, tile floors, and other design elements
Definition of Granite
The term granite has various definitions. Geologists define granite as a feldspar-bearing igneous rock, coarse-grained, made up completely of crystals. In terms of stone trade, the word Granite is used for any feldspar-bearing rock with interlocking crystals that are big enough to be visibly seen with the naked eye.
By this classification, rocks like gabbro, granite, anorthosite, syenite, gneiss, monzonite, granodiorite and others are sold under the name of “granite”.