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Granite is nearly impervious to typical kitchen cooking temperatures, though you may wish to avoid any risk of damage by using hot-pads or trivets. Quartz countertops are considered "heat-resistance" but they are not heat proof. Like granite, avoid any risk by using hot-pads.
Maintenance of granite and quartz countertops is easy. For daily cleaning, a non-abrasive dishwashing liquid is recommended. Although granite is very solid and nearly non-porous, spills left on the surfaces for an extended time period may leave some residual staining – even if sealed properly. Most stains usually dissipate over time on their own. If immediate removal is desired, a stain-lifting poultice powder can be used.
Only if you want to ruin your good knives. Granite and quartz is harder than steel, and will dull knives very quickly if you use the countertop as a cutting surface. Always cut and chop on a wooden or plastic cutting board.
Granite is a natural stone. There are quarries all over the world that are mined for different types of granite stone, even here in Minnesota. There are a wide variety of different colors of granite and they can also have a polished, matte or leathered look. Quartz on the other hand is a manufactured stone. It uses natural quartz aggregate and binds these small stones with an extremely strong resin under heat to form a solid slab. Quartz slabs can be made to resemble different marbles and other stone. Over the last several years, quartz countertops have risen in popularity to supersede those of granite as the stone countertop of choice..
A waterfall edge is where the end of the countertop follows to the floor. This look is typically achieved by mitering the edge of the countertop and applying a vertical drop to the edge of the horizontal countertop the length of the side of the cabinet wall. Is is a very dramatic look and featured in modern, modern farmhouse, etc. homes. Here at epic we have done many waterfall edges for our customers and apply miter edges to a achieve a more uniform look.
There are various styles, bullnose, eased edge, ogee edge, etc to choose from. Over 95% of our customers go with the standard "eased" edge. Its the most common choice and frankly looks the cleanest. Ogee edging is more of a traditional look and is sometimes used in more traditional home settings. Bullnose is rarely if ever used and is more of a dated look.