LEARN THE MAJOR PROS TO QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
Quartz is one of the most
desirable high-end countertop
materials available. That is
saying a lot considering the
quality of many other countertop
material competitors. Also
called engineered stone
countertops, their popularity is
due, in no small part, to their
stylish beauty and ease of
ownership. But are they right
for you? Let's take a look at
the pros of quartz countertops
and then review some details on
points that will matter to you.
WHAT ARE QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS?
Quartz countertops are a man-made product. They are created by combining natural quartz and minerals with chemical resins and pigments. The manufacturing process allows unparalleled creative options. Made of 93% natural stone, they're an excellent example of human ingenuity and nature combined.
A) Color and design options: Quartz countertops have nearly unlimited colors available. The design options can be anything from simple patterns, to complex imitations of granite or marble.
B) Contemporary: Crisp, clean looks whether a rich color or subtle design, can fit the style needs of any modern kitchen.
C) Maintenance-free: The non-porous surface requires no sealing or special care. Simple cleaning keeps them looking great.
D) Durable: Quartz tops should last a lifetime with minimal scratching or chipping.
E) Resale value: As their popularity has increased, so has their value in regards to buyer appeal when selling your home.
MAINTENANCE AND CARE
Moisture, dirt and contaminants simply will not penetrate the non-porous surface of quartz, keeping them free of deeply embedded stains. For this reason, they are considered maintenance-free. Simply wiping them off with soap and water is plenty to keep them looking their best. Being a hard, but not too brittle material, they are difficult to scratch or chip. The resins that provide their tough exterior though, can be damaged by high heat. Protecting them from contact with hot pans is necessary.
Design options for quartz countertops are seemingly endless. Some are made to resemble granite or marble, while others are created to look like nothing else can. Light and simple patterns are common, but deep colors and intricate designs are where quartz tops can truly show off their flamboyant tendencies.
Add to that their excellent (but not always perfect) seam-hiding attributes, along with the ability to be fully customized, and you have a countertop material that can be perfect for any kitchen.
Difficult precision cuts, product weight and seaming methods, command the need for professional installation. Other than very small prefabricated tops, DIY installation is not recommended. To create the nearly invisible seams requires extensive training, and the tools needed to cut the material are expensive.
Warranties on quartz countertops last from 10 years to the life of your home. In reality, they have the potential to last much longer than your house. The man-made products used in their construction don't break down over time, and the natural materials are all but indestructible. When considering the price of quartz tops, keep in mind that it's likely a one-time-only cost.
By: Deane Biermeier, Samantha Allen, Contributor, Editor
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