Benefits of Quartz Countertops
If you are looking to redo your countertops, especially if you want kitchen countertops that can withstand a lot of wear, quartz might be the material you should consider. Hard, non-porous, and durable, quartz has the benefit of looking like natural stone while being engineered to avoid most of natural stone’s pitfalls.
What Exactly IS Quartz?
While quartz countertops are considered a man-engineered “stone” countertop option, quartz is not actually a stone. It is a mineral that can be found in many stones, but it is not stone by itself.
So when you see quartz being listed as a choice among stone countertop options, it’s a bit of a misnomer. Quartz countertops are actually engineered in a lab. They are made of approximately 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and color additives.
Thus, they are man-made. This is unlike other natural stone countertop options, such as granite or marble, which are made of stone that is quarried from the earth and cut into slabs appropriate for countertops.
More About Quartz Countertops
Because of how they are engineered, quartz countertops have many of the benefits of natural stone without some of their worst pitfalls.
For instance, the resin binders that make up the quartz blend fill in all of the gaps and make the countertops non-porous. This means a few things.
First, this type of counter is more resistant to stains than its porous, natural stone counterparts, like marble. This is because there is nowhere for food and liquid to seep into. Second, this same feature also means quartz is resistant to bacteria growth because there are no microscopic holes for bacteria to hide and grow in.
Another benefit of the engineered quartz mixture is its hardness. Quartz is incredibly hard, second only to diamonds. The quartz combined with the resin results in a surface that is not easily scratched or chipped. As such, some manufacturers even encourage customers to chop and cut food on kitchen counters made of quartz.
This is definitely something you cannot do on other natural stone countertops. Marble, for instance, is much softer and cracks and scratches fairly easily.
So, quartz countertops are very durable. They resist stains and are very difficult to scratch or chip. That said, they are, however, sensitive to heat. Unlike marble or granite, you cannot set a hot pot or pan on the countertop without risking damage. Quartz countertops are also susceptible to some household chemicals and cleaners with high or low pH, including the common bleach.
Quartz Countertop Appearance
We have seen how quartz avoids many of the pitfalls of natural stone. But what benefits of natural stone does it have to offer?
Well, with regard to appearance, the engineering that goes into quartz countertops means that it can imitate the stone look very easily. It is beautiful, sleek, and still has the same “wow” factor that natural stone has, and you can purchase ones that have been made to look just like real stone.
However, if you do want colors, like deep blues or brilliant reds, and patterns that are not natural to stone, yet still have the sleek and strong look of stone, you absolutely can. Additionally, unlike natural stone, which has inconsistent patterns and colorations, quartz countertops will have uniform color and patterns.
However, since quartz countertops are not directly from quarried stone, you will see clear cut seems between the slabs. And while some like uniformity and consistency, much of the appeal of natural stone is the unique and inconsistent, natural patterns that they have to offer.
Ideal for Kitchen Countertops
Because of their durability, hardness, and resistance to stains, quartz countertops are an increasingly popular choice for kitchens in particular.
While they can still be chipped if hit very hard with a very heavy object, and still potentially be scratched if repetitive heavy cutting occurs in one area, they are much less likely to be damaged by the daily wear and tear of a frequently used kitchen.
Furthermore, they are ideal for kitchens because they are cleaner, not allowing places for bacteria to get a foothold.
Countertops in Phoenix, AZ
If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen and are considering quartz countertops, Phoenix AZ is one of our major locations. Here at Grand Canyon Home Supply, we can help you with all of your countertop needs.
Give us a call today to get your free quote!