Quartz countertops have been gaining popularity for several years and are quickly becoming the number one choice for kitchen countertops.
There are many reasons people are investing in quartz for their home. Let’s take a look at why you might want to consider quartz countertops for your next remodel.
One of the most appealing aspects of quartz countertops are their endless selection of colors and patterns. Unlike natural stone, quartz is manufactured so the color and patterns are created during that process. This allows quartz slabs to be made in any color to match any decor. It also gives quartz a depth that can’t be produced with other solid surface or laminate materials.
Patterns and variations are also created during the manufacturing process so pattern options are endless. Whether you are looking for a subtle countertop that blends well and is not too busy, or one that has a lot of variation to draw attention, quartz will have an option that fits that style as well as everything in between.
Since quartz is not porous like natural stone, there is no need for sealers. Some materials require regular sealing and polishing (granite, marble) while others require regular oiling and even sanding (butcher block). Quartz does not require any chemicals or oils to keep it looking new.
For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. You can always be confident that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean, and that’s a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom. All you need to do is wipe it down with a little warm water and mild soap.
Many quartz slabs mimic the look of natural stones like granite and marble, but since the pattern is molded into the slab, it allows for a consistency that nature just does not supply. This makes pattern matching at corners and seams flow easily to the eye because they are consistent with the rest of your counter’s look.Also if for some reason you decide to add on to your counter space or need to repair an area, matching quartz color down the road is much easier than natural stones that can vary over time.
Quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth, ranking 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. By comparison, a knife ranks 5.5 on that scale. Quartz slabs are manufactured from crushed quartz combined with resins and formed into slabs. This process binds the quartz so that it becomes not only scratch resistant but extremely durable to wear and chipping. Countertops manufactured from quartz are also heat resistant, although it is recommended to place hot dishes on a holder.