Are you thinking of getting new countertops for your home? Are you wondering what material to use? Quartz is a great option for many reasons.
What is Quartz?
Quartz is a type of stone that is synthesized from quartz crystals and resin thus assuring the durability of quartz countertops. Pigment is also added to give it beautiful colors. Quartz is considered natural in some quarters while others refer to it as semi-synthesized. The choice of colors to choose from makes the material very elegant. But it is the durability of quartz that gives it an edge over many other materials, especially when it comes to the other countertop choices. Quartz's durability has made it very popular to use in construction. Below we look at a few factors that contribute its durability and beauty.
How Strong is Quartz?
The resin polymers make quartz very strong and very difficult to break. Thus, no matter what amount pressure you put on this material, it will not easily crack or chip. Due to this property it is easy to install. Its strength also makes it very easy to fabricate during production hence it can come in various styles.
Is Quartz Non-Porous?
With a countertop made of quartz you will not have little amounts of water seeping through the pores. This means that you will not have bacteria or spores growing underneath. The growth of such microorganisms is one of the causes why countertops need to be changed frequently. Luckily, quartz is non-porous, so mold spores, bacteria and damage due to liquids are not a concern.
Will Quartz Stain?
Do you get frustrated when your countertops are stained? Quartz could be the solution you have been looking for. This is a must-have if you have children (or adults) who are constantly spilling things. When spillage occurs, all you need to do is to wipe the dirt away with a dish cloth and your counter top is as good as new. Staining is not common in quartz countertops, as it is non-porous, which furthermore means that you do not have to use sealer on it.
Is Quartz Heat-Resistant?
If you are considering quartz for your kitchen countertops in particular, you need to be sure that it can withstand high amounts of temperature. Imagine placing a hot pan on your countertop and discovering seams and chips when you remove the pan. With quartz you can be sure that you will not experience anything of that nature. Whatever the temperature of your pots and pans, you can place them on your quartz countertop without worrying about diminishing their elegance.
The Colors and Patterns of Quartz
If you are a perfectionist, you probably want to maintain the color of your countertop for as long as possible. Some materials start to fade after a while, while some like granite have inconsistencies in their coloring. Quartz on the other hand, has color pigments added to it, so its patterns and colors are very consistent. Hence, you will not have to keep on changing your countertops due to discoloration. Apart from being cost-effective and coming in a wide array of colors, the durability of quartz will ensure your counters give you service for a long time. If you are looking for a material that will save you tons of money and give you beautiful countertops, quartz is an excellent choice. If you are in or around the Rochester area, feel free to stop by North American Stone today to see our wide selection of quartz, granite and marble countertops.