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March 24, 2017

 Are Quartz Countertops for Your Kitchen? You Decide
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 quartz countertopsAmong the most popular stone surfaces in kitchen remodeling are quartz countertops. That said, quartz countertops are not ideal for every home nor every homeowner. Deciding to invest in these surfaces should involve understanding both the benefits and the drawbacks of the ownership and maintenance of this material. This way, you will know what to expect in terms of performance, but also in care, appearance, durability, and other important factors. Use the following information to get to know quartz countertops and whether or not they would be well suited to your expectations and your kitchen décor.

Quartz countertops: the name can be confusing

While shopping for quartz countertops, make sure that you’re investigating the right material, as the process itself can be confusing. There are 3 different kinds of surfaces that are often referred to as “quartz”. These include the cultured or engineered quartz counter, the rare all-natural stone slab – both of which will be explained below – and quartzite surfaces. The first two involve natural quartz, while quartzite is different. Quartzite is often confused for quartz because of its resemblance and similar name, but it remains a different kind of natural stone with its own unique features and price range.

Quartz countertops: the cultured/engineered counter

Some quartz countertops are called “cultured”, and also referred to as composite or engineered. They are very common and can contain any number of various minerals in their mix. To produce these counters, manufacturers add approx. 93% ground quartz to a blend of high-tech, highly durable synthetic polymer resins, which is poured and then allowed to set. These sheets are then finished into the shape and style that is desired. So the grinding, blending, and shaping are what make these more of a man-made or engineered solid surface form of quartz countertops.

Quartz countertops: the “real deal” slabs

Although very rare, you can also buy all-natural quartz countertops in the form of polished slabs. These are much higher end pieces, but they possess unequalled beauty. They can contribute tremendously to the look and value of a kitchen. A cultured or engineered kitchen counter cannot compare to the look and strength of natural stone quartz countertops. That said, the price does rise significantly when you want the real thing. So you will need to consult your budget to make sure that this material will fit into it.

Quartz countertops: beauty and hardness

Like other types of solid natural stone counter materials such as granite, quartz countertops are extremely hard, to the point that they are often referred to as “indestructible”. Naturally, there are some vulnerabilities, but this stone solid surface (engineered or not) is extremely difficult to scratch or damage in everyday use.

Quartz countertops: almost no maintenance required

As the everyday care for quartz countertops is quite simple, and cleaning is very easy, you may expect that they will also require additional maintenance, such as the sealing required by granite. With quartz countertops, this is not the case. They are a non porous surface, so no sealing is required, and you do not need to add any additional level of maintenance in order to preserve the natural beauty of the stone.

Quartz countertops: a variety of styles for kitchen décor

Quartz comes in a surprising range of different colors for a natural stone, allowing you a wide choice of options to create a style or to match your décor. Moreover, quartz countertops are highly resistant to staining, scratching, and chipping, which means that the appeal of the color and beauty of the stone can last for a long time.

Quartz countertops can be a gorgeous addition to many kitchens. They are beautiful and versatile to complement new or existing décor, and are extremely durable so that they will last a long time. Equally, though, they can be very costly. These beautiful counters, either in the more common engineered stone or in the rare slab form, should certainly be considered if they fit into your remodeling budget.

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