All About Quartz Countertops
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals that is found on earth. In fact, it is so hard that quartz is used to cut diamonds with delicate precision. As you can imagine, with that kind of strength, quartz is the perfect choice for durable, long lasting kitchen countertops. Quartz is not a mineral that has been traditionally used to create countertops—it has really just started catching on in the last decade. One reason why quartz is growing in popularity is because it serves as an alternative to granite that is a bit easier to care for.
Stunning Quartz Countertops
In the past, quartz countertops were criticised for their lack of variety, but manufacturing techniques have beautifully broadened the spectrum. Homeowners can now buy stunning quartz countertops to fit virtually any color palette. Since quartz is priced the same or even cheaper than natural stone, it is worth the consideration of homeowners who are planning a kitchen remodeling project. Quartz also looks great in bathrooms, the laundry room or any area where you would like to have durable countertops in your home.
Kitchen Solvers offers kitchen remodeling services to make your overhaul project easier. If you would like to replace your countertops, take your time and research the different options that are available. There are beautiful countertop materials to fit your lifestyle, taste and budget. Quartz is a wonderful option because it is very durable and easy to care for. Here is some basic information on quartz countertops.
No Seal Means Low Maintenance
Quartz countertops are made using finely ground quartz minerals that are blended with a small portion of resin additives and glass or other minerals for color. This mixture is then placed under extreme heat and pressure to create a solid slab. Unlike wood or natural stone, quartz countertops require no seal. This makes maintaining these countertops very simple for owners, as there is no need to reseal quartz over and over again after periods of use.
However, misusing certain products on quartz countertops can damage this extreme bond, letting in bacteria and leading to mold or stains. To clean these countertops, simply use a mild soapy water mixture. If you notice any stains, they can be easily removed with a very mild scrub.
Bacteria Repelling Properties
Due to the fact that quartz countertops use synthetic elements in combination with the natural mineral, they have amazing anti microbial properties that you will not find with 100 percent natural, more porous stone slabs. This means that bacteria, mold and mildew cannot work their way beneath the surface to cause repugnant odors and unsightly stains. Quartz countertops are easy to maintain, but they are also very sanitary. Homeowners who choose quartz will not have to worry about what harmful bacteria is breeding beneath the surface. This is beneficial to all homeowners, but especially those who have children. Believe it or not, your quartz countertops could be your best friend when it comes to stopping bacteria in its tracks.
Any Style, Any Color
One of the biggest perks of choosing quartz countertops is that they are made in a wide variety of colors and styles. With natural stone, unless you have a large budget, you may be at the mercy of whatever has been cut from the quarry. This is also the area in which natural stone gets very pricey. If you have a certain grain or color in mind, finding a suitable natural stone could be difficult.
Fortunately, it is very easy to color quartz by simply adding glass or stones into the mixture that ultimately become the quartz countertop. While these countertops are overwhelmingly comprised of quartz, the mineral is not found in many colors in nature—but human ingenuity has solved this issue while still presenting a product that is more durable than natural stone.
Things to Avoid with Quartz
Though quartz is extremely durable and can easily stand up to wear and tear, homeowners should avoid using scouring pads or rough scrubbing brushes on the surface. Quartz countertops can be scratched or dulled with these items, just like glass or hard plastic. Over scrubbing can also lead to a dull surface. Harsh chemical cleaning products should also be avoided, as these substances can break down the bonds between the synthetic resins and the quartz minerals.
If the bond wears, the countertops will lose the their antimicrobial properties and will be more susceptible to damage. Quartz has a longer lifespan than natural stone countertops due to its synthetic additives, but misusing the countertops can lead to early wear that diminishes the beneficial properties of quartz.
Quartz vs Granite Countertops
It is important to note that if you do decide to purchase granite countertops, make sure that the samples you choose are not dyed colors. This is very common with popular black shades of granite. With granite, dye can become blotchy and fade overtime. The process of fading is sped up with the use of cleaning materials and worn sealant. This is yet another perk of quartz is that, due to its consistency, steadfast color retention is not an issue that homeowners have to worry about facing.
Kitchen Remodeling is Easy with Kitchen Solvers
Quartz countertops are an excellent choice for any kitchen, bathroom or laundry room of any home. They are durable, easy to maintain, cost efficient and available in a variety of color tones. Are you interested in seeing some examples of quality quartz countertops? Switching to quartz is very simple, especially when you have a professional kitchen remodeling company by your side.
Our design professionals can help you to determine what countertops would be best for your kitchen remodeling project. Once you have made your selection, we can get them into your home and ready to use quickly. We pride ourselves on offering our clients a wonderful home remodeling experience that is stress free and leads to the kitchen of your dreams. If you would like more information, visit our countertops page or contact a representative with Kitchen Solvers today.