Quartz countertops are a newer product, but they have found a loyal market because of their outstanding qualities. Also referred to as engineered stone countertops, they have cemented their place in the market and are here to stay because of their beauty and large number of choices.
How Are Quartz Countertops Made?
Quartz countertops are a manufactured product that combines both the robustness and attractiveness of stone with the benefits of modern technology. It can instantly improve the aesthetic value of your kitchen countertops. The technology used to make quartz gives it additional benefits that natural stones don’t have.
Quartz countertops are formed by combining ground quartz with resins, pigments, and polymers. The resulting appearance depends on how it’s ground. Finely ground quartz has a smoother look while the coarsely ground type is more “freckled.” Considering whether to use quartz depends on your sensitivity to cost, style preferences and your balance of its pros and cons.
Pros of Quartz Countertops
Color and texture choices of quartz
The combination of natural pigments and resin binders, which forms Quartz, can be manipulated to produce a precise look and custom color a buyer wants. Unlike purely natural alternatives that can vary in pattern and color within the same slab, quartz countertops can be produced with a consistent match of color and pattern throughout the slab which many people love as opposed to granite which varies in color and pattern throughout.
The fact that quartz countertops are man-made means you can choose colors that aren’t available in natural materials. If you like the crystalline look of quartz but also want it in a shade of wine red or pink, you can get it.
Durability of quartz countertops
Quartz has a higher hardness rating as compared to natural alternatives such as granite. Its impressive scratch resistant qualities make it difficult to crack or chip. This makes it a fantastic choice for kitchen countertops in particular.
Quartz countertops are non-porous
Porosity is an important feature especially when it comes to busy surfaces such as kitchen countertops. Non-porous surfaces are stain resistant to oil, juice, vinegar, wine and other stains that you are likely to have in the kitchen. Moreover, non-porous surfaces won’t harbor bacteria, making it easy for you to clean your bathroom or kitchen countertops with just soap and water.
Maintenance of quartz countertops
Quartz never requires polishing, buffing or sealing. Natural alternatives would occasionally need a reseal or polish to retain the glossy and shiny look. With quartz, you are good to go armed with just soap and water.
Cons of Quartz
Price of quartz countertops
Quartz still has a spot among the most expensive surfaces in the market. It can cost as much as granite. However, prices do vary from one place to another so be sure to shop around for great deals and offers.
Quartz countertops are not seamless
Quartz manufacturers often make their products in uniform sizes. If you are looking for a large countertop design, you will have to use multiple slabs that will result in seams.
Potential damage to quartz countertops
Despite the hard qualities of quartz, like any other countertop, it can be chipped or cracked with the use of excessive force. Its heat resistant qualities do not protect it from damage by sudden and rapid changes in temperature. Using a trivet or hot pad can prolong the useful life of your quartz countertop.
Make sure you factor in the installation costs and have a reputable company install your countertop.