Beautify Your Kitchen with Quartz Countertops
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The incredible strength, the vast varieties and its easy maintenance all combine to make quartz countertops one of the most popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops today.
Quartz Vs Granite
Choosing between quartz and granite is mostly a matter of preference, although quartz countertops do have a number of advantages. Quartz countertops are available in more colors than granite, and also have a nonporous surface that helps to resist moisture and bacteria.
Quartz stone is also one of the most durable countertop surfaces available. Natural quartz is one of the hardest minerals found on Earth and is resistant to chemical damage, scratches, and chipping — making it perfect for high-traffic kitchens. Quartz countertops can even withstand heat!
The price of quartz countertops is similar to that of granite, but maintenance costs may be lower since quartz never needs sealing and has minimal maintenance requirements. There are a variety of quartz countertop manufacturers including:
What is Engineered Stone?
Quartz countertops are technically engineered stone. The process used to convert quartz crystals into a countertop takes raw quartz crystals that range in size from very coarse grains to grains that are the size of rock salt. The quartz crystals are then grounded and selected. At that point, the crystals are combined with a variety of bonding agents and a selected color. It is then heated to create an impenetrable surface, making quartz one of the most durable countertop options. The slabs that result from this process are free of both fissures and cracks and also are impervious to water, other moisture as well as bacteria.
Quartz Countertop Cost: $35 -$125 per square foot.
Things to Know About Quartz Countertops
|QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS PROS||QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS CONS|
|The most durable surface material.||Can be expensive.|
|Exceptionally low maintenance.||Lacks the uniqueness and beauty that is found in natural stone.|
|A nonporous surface that is resistant to stains and acid damage.||Has visible seams.|
|Resistant to heat damage.|
|Offers a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures.|
|No need for resealing required for natural stone.|
Why Engineered Stone Countertops Are Not 100% Quartz Countertops
Quartz is the most common mineral on Earth’s surface. It is present in just about every geological environment on the planet and is also a component of just about every rock type. Quartz exists naturally in wide varieties as well as color options. Quartz is fourth on the list of most scratch-resistant materials; only diamonds, topaz, and sapphires are harder minerals.
So, why does quartz need to be engineered to become a countertop? The problem is quartz grows in different clusters and does not form large stone blocks like granite does. In its natural state, quartz is unsuitable for the making of countertops or any other large slabs. This means that it will need to be converted from its clustered crystal form into engineered stone to make it a functional countertop.
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- It can be engineered to look like different types of stone such as marble, travertine and concrete etc.
- These countertops should absolutely be installed by professionals. This will help to minimize the chance of broken slabs as well as waste that could occur during the process.
- Quartz countertops are nearly indestructible. It is resilient against stains and is also extremely hygienic. It also does not need to be sealed.
- Quartz vs. granite – engineered stone (quartz) is also more flexible, stronger, and also easier to work with when it is compared to surfaces such as granite.
- Quartz countertops are simply cleaned with warm and soapy water. Avoid harsher cleaning materials, although casual exposure to diluted bleach will not damage your countertops.
- Though the use of trivets or hot pads is recommended quartz counters are resistant against heat from hot pots, plates and pans up to 350 degrees,
- Quartz countertops come in various slab sizes or can be cut to create a custom kitchen countertop or custom quartz vanity top.
Contact Us About Quartz Countertop Installation
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When you buy from the professionals here at Express Countertops, you’re buying from a company that can offer you some of the best service and countertop installation that you can find in the Maryland/Northern Virginia/DC area, so you can be confident that nothing will get overlooked.
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