If you enjoy working around the kitchen, preparing and cooking meals, then you know how important a quality countertop is to your home. It makes it easier and more efficient to cook and clean and if you choose a striking material, adds a visual centerpiece.
Each countertop material offers its own unique advantages. Some materials are known for their durability, others for their antibacterial properties, and others for their unique appearance. If you are looking for an attractive and durable material to feature in your kitchen or bath countertops, quartz is an excellent choice.
– Quartz countertops are made of engineered stones that are uniform in appearance. Quartz is mixed with resins and binders to achieve the surface you see in showrooms and in homes. To be claimed as a true quartz surface, the material is made with 93% quartz, an industry standard. Otherwise, it will not hold the same benefits.
– Because quartz countertops are engineered, you will see consistent tones and colors. While granite can be unique from slab to slab, there are no surprises with quartz. What you decide on in the showroom will be what you get in your home. This can make it easier to choose beforehand what design elements you can tie in with your countertop. Typically, quartz countertops come in a high gloss finish, but leather or honed finishes are available in certain colors.
– Few materials are harder than quartz, and no other countertop material is harder. This makes it very resistant to the cracks and scratches that are a common occurrence in most kitchens. Also, its lack of internal fissures makes quartz highly resistant to cracking and chipping. However, it is not recommended that you chop directly on the quartz surface. You should always use a cutting board, to reduce unnecessary strain on your countertop.
– The non-porous nature of quartz makes it resistant to stains, and your quartz countertop does not require any sealing. Similarly, it reduces the potential of bacterial growth and is more heat resistant than other natural stones, including granite. These features make quartz ideal for the kitchen, making cleaning easier and cooking worry-free.