Optical dating of granite stone surfaces
Slabs are made in sizes similar to what you'd find at a granite warehouse.
As noted, this man-made countertop material has very similar properties to granite countertops, such as: high heat, scratch, and stain-resistance.
cleaners, but many cleaners are too harsh and products like bleach can cause permanent quartz countertop stains.
This is a surprise to many who believe that since quartz countertops do not need sealing, that they also cannot be stained. The best and safest recommendation is to use a good stone cleaning product (since quartz countertops are made mostly of natural stone) like the Granite & Marble Cleaner, which has optical brighteners to keep you quartz super shiny!
Several brands make quartz countertops such as: Silestone, Avanza, Caesarstone (pictured above), Cambria countertops and Zodiaq quartz countertops. No matter which company you choose to buy from, you'll get the same benefits of quartz as the manufacturing process for engineered stone is basically the same from all companies.
Differences in colors and patterns and other aspects do exists, but performance of the material is the same. You certainly will have many colors to choose from and new color and pattern designs are hitting the market all the time.
Two-mica granites are typically high in potassium and low in plagioclase, and are usually S-type granites or A-type granites.
The term "granitic" means granite-like and is applied to granite and a group of intrusive igneous rocks with similar textures and slight variations in composition and origin.