With the look of natural stone, minus the maintenance, these surfaces give granite a run for it’s money.
Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable choice for kitchens. They're also some of the most appealing to the eye. They come in a wide variety of colours as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 93 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. The resin also helps make the counter scratch and stain resistant. Granite usually needs a protective sealer every two to three years where as Quartz is nonporous making it easier to maintain.
How are Quartz countertops made?
Natural quartz crystals are mined, then ground into a dust or an aggregate that’s fused with resin binders under intense heat and pressure to form a slab.
How long do they last?
For as long as you enjoy your kitchen, most quartz counter manufacturers provide warranties ranging from 5-10 years and sometimes a lifetime depending on the company.
What’s to love about Quartz?
It’s low maintenance. Unlike natural stone or wood, it never needs to be sealed. Just wipe with soapy water for daily upkeep. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub. Avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.
It’s antimicrobial. Because Quartz resin is nonporous this eliminates stain and odour causing bacteria to penetrate the surface.
What makes some hesitant to choose Quartz?
It’s pricey. Quartz can run anywhere from $85-125 per foot including installation.
It can’t take extreme heat. Although quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant they can only sustain such conditions to a certain temperature. Most companies say anywhere up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. A sudden change in temperature or sustained heat from a pan left on the counter may cause the surface to crack. With that said we always recommend to clients to use heat pads or racks on the surface of their countertop.
So, now you know more about this beautiful option to choose from for your kitchen remodel. Always remember to take the time to shop around, do your research and find a supplier and designer that will work with you to achieve your results. Most of all be open to new things and focus on what will make you happy!