One of the toughest materials on the planet, quartz countertops offers homeowners an alternative that is both reliable and beautiful. Available in natural and engineered, these countertops can add beauty to a room, while offering durability unmatched by natural stone or laminates. It is easy to see why quartz is growing in popularity. Its unique attributes makes it a reliable, yet beautiful substance to add to any home.
The counter space is one of the most abused and misused areas of the house. Subjected to spills and mishaps, counters can chip and lose luster through the years, leaving a less than beautiful reminder of the abuse they suffer.
Quartz countertops offer an alternative to the more difficult to manage laminate countertops. Its high permanence allows homeowners to maintain a beautiful atmosphere without the hassle of untimely replacement.
These countertops are made to last. The unique hardiness of the quartz makes it naturally scratch resistant. Quartz has a hardness of seven out of ten on the Mohs Hardness Scale. There are only three substrates that are naturally harder (diamond, sapphire and topaz), which means homeowners can expect a durable, reliable and tough countertop. The sturdy exterior can take a beating and still maintain its natural beauty.
These countertops offer both durability and easy maintenance. The non-porous material makes clean up a breeze. It is resistance to most stains and spills, and will maintain its natural luster for many years without the need for sealants or waxing. Upon installation, the countertop is ready for use and does not need costly sealants, unlike laminates, granite, or concrete, which all require being sealed and resealed to prevent stains.
With porous materials, such as stone, bacteria, mold and mildew growth can be a huge concern, but quartz eliminates these worries. Porous substances allow for food and fluid spills to be absorbed. This trapped food and fluid provides a perfect environment for bacterial and mildew growth. With quartz, most spills and splatters are not absorbed and can be cleaned away quite easily, eliminating the risk of bacterial growth.
Homeowners have choices when it comes to these countertops. They can choose between natural stone and engineered. Engineered quartz allows for colors that could not be obtained in stone, giving homeowners more choices and options to perfectly coordinate their countertops with their décor in their bathrooms and kitchen.