What is quartz Countertops and why is it so popular?
Quartz is a manufactured material made up of approximately 93 percent natural quartz mixed with pigments and acrylic resin. The natural quartz mineral is sourced from quarries where it is then processed and ground down to any grain size ranging from the size of a pea to a sand-like quality. After which the raw material is mixed with the resin, and any number of patterns and looks, are created.
The process of mixing minerals with resin has other added benefits. the material is stronger, and more scratch, as well as chip resistant than granite. While also being naturally sealed due to the production process, meaning quartz is completely stain resistant.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
Stain & Scratch Resistant
Extreme durability, that will withstand daily use and is resistant to scratches.
No Sealing Required
Unlike natural stone, quartz is a nonporous material that will not degrade over time.
Mold & Mildew Resistant
The nonporous quality of quartz disallows for harmful mold, bacteria, and mildew growth.
The durable nature of quartz is not effected by acetone, iodine, and mineral spirits.
General Tempature Resistants
Tolerant of low heat for short periods, however it will discolor from a pan strait off a burner.
Quartz can be maintained with just the use of soap and water in most cases.
Quartz Frequently Asked Questions
There is no black and white answer to this, it's all up to preference. Quartz is approximately 20% to 40% more expensive than average, or cheep, granite. Though granite can go up to $250 per square foot. some differences between the two are that Granite will take a hot pot while quartz is prone to discoloration with high heat. Quartz is a manufactured stone and it is hard to duplicate the veining, and pattern look you get from genuine marble or granite, however it is stronger and more durable.
Quartz costs $60-$125 per square foot. The prices vary heavily based on the material used, with lighter, purer, colors being more expensive on average. As well, the linear distance of the finished edges affects the price. There are other factors such as the style of sink mount, and supports for overhangs, however these do not effect the price as much.
Quartz countertops are highly stain resistant, have a very low water absorption rate, and do not require sealing. With that said, sodium hydroxide, and permanent markers can permanently stain a quartz countertop. Approximately 7% of a quartz countertop is composed of petroleum-based resin, and pigments, which act as a built-in sealer, but these materials will stain from certain products like those mentioned above.
Popular brands in quartz countertops among homeowners are Silestone, Cambria Quartz, PentalQuartz, MSInternational and Caesarstone to name a few. There are many manufactures each with different color palettes, and slightly different production methods. The most important aspect is to choose a color you like, in the right price range.
Quartz is more durable than concrete, and granite, and is quite a bit more forgiving. It won't chip or crack easily. Like other engineered hard surface countertop materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite, marble, and concrete. While it does not hold up to extreme heat, it outshines other material in almost every area.
Clean fresh spills with dish soap, water and a soft cloth, e.g., microfiber. You can also use glass or surface cleaner, along with a nonabrasive sponge, to remove dried residue.
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