Granite countertops have been a mainstay in home design for several years. However, that tide has changed in recent years with quartz countertops replacing granite in popularity. One of the main reasons for the rise in use is quartz’s eco-friendliness compared to using granite countertops.
Quartz comes with many benefits not available with granite countertops. For one, granite has to be sealed to keep out mold, bacteria and stains. On the other hand, quartz is non-porous requiring none of that treatment and still is friendly to allergy sufferers. The stain-resistant and scratch-resistant properties make it a plus for use in the kitchen. Engineered quartz comes in more colors and patterns that are more consistent throughout than granite.
Installing quartz countertops by a professional can help you avoid errors that result in the replacement of the countertop. Finding the right installer in your area gives you access to the best suppliers. You can work with the greenest manufacturing companies such as Caesarstone to make the process even greener. Many installers have a showroom where you can see how the material can look inside your home before you make a purchase.
The production process is greener because quartz is predominantly mined in the US. This means less energy spent mining, transporting and processing the material. Granite, however, comes from overseas using greater amounts of fossil fuels to deliver it to your location. The engineering process mixes about 5-7% pigments and resins into the quartz. Some companies that manufacture the countertops use post-consumer recycled material and reuse water from the process.
Choosing quartz countertops in your kitchen or bathroom gives you a beautiful finished look with a greener production process. The counters hold up well to the rigors of life and offer the flexibility homeowners want for their décor. Go with quartz for a greener home from manufacturing to finished product.