The green-ness of most granite countertops is a hot topic of debate that people have been wrestling with for a long time. Generally speaking, stone countertops aren’t green, and here’s why: Stone takes a lot of energy and water products to produce. Manufacturers say that it has “natural qualities.” Yes, it may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s green.
Let’s be real here; a lot of people, including me, love granite countertops RI providers can supply. They’re easy to clean, nice to look at, last a while, and are sleek and smooth. Whether you want it or not, granite countertops are going to last for a long time.
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With that having been said, if you could you buy a more green and eco friendly countertop, assuming that those even exist, you would look for a distributor that is conscious of how they produce their stone tops, and you would look for one that will last a very long time. Some stones, obviously the more expensive ones, will last longer and are more durable and, if maintained correctly, will last even hundreds of years. Some cheaper marble/granite countertops will probably be worn out in a few years time, unless you really take time to care for them.
If I were to go, right now, and buy a stone countertop at some warehouse, it would most likely be a quartz-based, or solid quartz, product. See, quartz is the fourth hardest substance (that’s natural) and is one of the most common stones on earth. Quartz has many advantages over limestone, marble, soapstone, and granite. They are:
- They don’t require very much cleaning, or sealing
- Won’t absorb stains and bacteria like granite or limestone
- You can buy them in a lot of styles and colors
- They generally come with a 5-10 year warranty, and if they are broken, will be replaced
- Approved by Greenguard, meaning that they are approved and certified for great indoor use
So there you have it; my list of reasons why, If I were to go buy a “green” countertop, it would be quartz. And, as you can see, Quartz has a lot of advantages over other stones, especially the fact that it’s nonporous, so it won’t absorb harmful bacteria.
It’s definitely worth your while to check out this very useful buying guide when determining a good fit for your home!