An increasingly popular option over the last ten or so years for a countertop in both kitchens and bathrooms these days is quartz. There are many good reasons for this: quartz is durable, very resistant to scratches and chemical weathering, and on top of all of that, it’s also very attractive looking and can add to the value of your house.
Quartz is created when poly-resin materials are fused to crushed quartz stone, creating a truly unique and alluring engineered countertop. Unlike other natural stone options, quartz is technically a type of engineered stone (even though quartz stone alone is natural, the poly-resin material it is fused with is not).
Benefits of Quartz
Since quartz countertops are engineered, they can be constructed into virtually any size or shape of slabs. This means that if you would like your countertops to be particularly thin at only two inches or so, you can easily have that if you go with quartz. Another big benefit to quartz is the fact that it is non-porous. This is in contrast to many natural stone options such as granite, which requires a sealant for proper protection. Fortunately, quartz countertops never need to be sealed.
There are many considerations to keep in mind when choosing quartz for your countertop. A big disadvantage to quartz, for instance, is the fact that it can discolor when it is exposed to extreme heat. Technically, it’s not the quartz stone that will discolor, but rather the resin. This means that you should avoid bringing hot pans and pots into direct contact with the countertop, and instead set it over something else over the surface. Another negative to quartz is that the color of them can fade when exposed to UV rays for an extended period of time.
Quartz is available in a near limitless array of patterns, colors, and finish techniques. This means that you can buy a quartz countertop to fit just about any style of kitchen or bathroom there is. Two of your main design options will be to go with a honed finish or a polish finish. The difference is that a honed finish has a lot less shine than a polished finish. You can also go with quartz countertops that can mimic the look of marble or granite.
As with any countertop stone options, you need to practice good maintenance to ensure that your quartz countertop lasts for as long as possible. Even though quartz does not require sealant, it will regular cleaning with warm water and soap. It also wouldn’t hurt to apply a non-abrasive cleaning solution once every few weeks over the surface as well.