Granite or Quartz?

In the previous blog posts I’ve talked about different types of Quartz and Granite, but you may be wondering “well what’s the difference between the two?”

First things first, granite is a 100% natural stone with lots of colors due to the way its molten materials cool and solidify. Basically there are no two slabs that are the same. Quartz on the other hand is typically 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins. Quartz has the look of a natural stone but due to it’s man made origin, it’s a lot more customizable than granite. People typically spend more time looking for the perfect slab of granite whereas the quartz selection process is typically easier because there’s less choices.

The second biggest difference between quartz and granite is the way they’re affected by every-day use. For example, granite is formed under intense heat so it’s naturally resistant to high temperatures. Quartz on the other hand is not. Because quartz isn’t formed the way granite is, it’s a lot more sensitive to heat. You won’t be able to set a hot pot or pan down on quartz because the quartz will warp and it’ll leave marks on your countertop.

Granite and Quartz are both relatively easy to clean. They both require regular cleaning and you shouldn’t let spills settle. The only real difference is that granite should be resealed once a year while quartz doesn’t require resealing.

By this point, you’re probably wondering “so which one should I pick for my kitchen or bathroom?” Honestly it’s all a matter of personal preference. What’s your design scheme like? How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Will heat resistance be an issue you consider when choosing materials? These are all things you should consider when choosing a countertop. Thankfully, your friends at Granite Surfaces of Texas are here to walk you through this journey to finding the perfect natural stone surface.

Silestone N-Boost Performance Tests

If you’ve been reading this blog, it should come at no surprise when I say that Silestone is the best quartz product that you can buy. If you need a reminder though, keep reading!

In the video below, the fine folks over at Cosentino preform four different tests on a regular piece of quartz, and a piece of quartz treated with Silestone’s N-Boost. The tests are pretty standard in the sense that they test normal conditions that kitchen countertops are subjected to.

The first test measures water traces on black and white surfaces when held at an angle. We’re able to clearly see that water slides right off the Silestone, but sticks to the regular quartz.

The second test measures the material’s “pearl effect.” This is basically how many wipe passes it takes to clean water off the surface. It should come at no surprise that Silestone N-Boost dries immediately while the regular Quartz surface is still wet after multiple wipe passes.

The third test is the finger print test. The finger prints on standard quartz are still visible after a cloth wipe down while the Silestone N-Boost prints disappear after a single wipe pass.

The last test is probably the most impressive. This is to measure how well wine stains come off after drying for 24 hours. The stains on the Silestone N-Boosted Quartz are removed using water and a single wipe pass while the standard quartz retains the wine stains after water and multiple wipe passes.

As impressive as these tests are to read about, they’re even better to watch so check out the video below and then give us a call at (281)-495-6555 for your Silestone Quartz!

What is Silestone? Why do I Need It?

Silestone by Cosentino’s new collection “Eternal,” mimics the look of quartz using a nano-based treatment of the surface to eliminate micro-porosity. This nano-boost or “N-Boost,” as Cosentino calls it increases stain resistance and shine while also promising more saturated color, luster, and durability.

In short, Quartz is in right now. Silestone is basically the best quartz material you’ll find, only better. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below to see some stunning Silestone Quartz countertops and learn about why this surface is so special.


Still not convinced? Stop by our office at 13122 Mula Ct. in Stafford, TX. 77477. We’ll be happy to walk you through the showroom so you can see the beauty of Silestone by Cosentino up close.

What is Sensa Granite?

As you’re browsing our Granite offerings you may be thinking to yourself, “This all looks nice but what does Sensa even mean?”

Well you’re in luck because I’m about to break it down for you.

Sensa granite is maintenance-free, premium natural granite brought to you by Cosentino, a world leader in the natural stone industry for over eighty years. Sensa granite is treated with a revolutionary stain protection treatment called SenGuard and comes with a 15-year stain warranty.

Benifits:

You can clean the Sensa Granite countertop surface with products like Windex and 409 (ammonia, alkaline or acid cleaners will not damage the SenGuard protection) as well as with products containing bleach.

Hot water, oil, food, or pots and pans do not harm, change, or effect the SenGuard stain protection.

Stain protection is durable and will not wear off as common sealers do over time.

GREENGUARD Certified Safe surface for indoor environment.

Got any more questions? Check out this video on Sensa Granite below.

How is Dekton Made

Dekton is an ultracompact surface developed by Cosentino that boasts extraordinary aesthetic and technical characteristics as well as resistance to scratches and high and low temperatures. It’s almost completely impervious to liquids, extremely stain resistant, and it’s color remains the same over time, even when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the process involved in making this miracle surface.