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Difference Between a Fissure and Crack in Countertops


When looking into purchasing natural stone countertops, it is important to realize the difference between a crack and a fissure. This knowledge can save yourself from agonizing about whether your counter has a natural or unnatural opening if the situation arises.

A fissure is an elongated opening that is a natural geological formation or mineralogical crystallization. A crack on the other hand, is a broken piece of stone that is typically uneven, chipped, or widely separated. The tricky part is that sometimes a fissure develops into a crack given that the fissure in itself is a weak area of the stone.

The biggest difference is in how the fissure or crack occurred. A fissure is natural while a crack occurrs from an outside force, such as fabrication, transpiration, or installation. A helpful test to determine the difference is to look at the crack or fissure from a low angle. A crack has two points of reflection while a fissure has only one.

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