Quartz counters are some of the most popular and sought after countertops on the market today for good reason. They have all the best qualities of other stone countertops, but with added strength, durability, cleanliness and design possibilities. And they’re maintenance free to boot! Considering all this, it’s easy to see why quartz counters are a popular choice.
One of the most popular aspects of quartz counters is their durability. This has long been a draw of all stone countertops, but quartz is a step above the others. This mostly has to do with the fact that quartz is the strongest commercial grade stone on the planet. And when you consider all the blows a countertop takes from pots, pans, knives, and other kitchen utensils, it’s clear that tougher is clearly better when it comes to counters.
Besides being tough as nails, quartz countertops are also virtually maintenance free. Since they are made from fine quartz crystals, they are almost completely non-porous (something else that sets them apart from other stone), meaning that once they’re polished and installed, you’ll never have to mind them again. They won’t absorb stains and spills like other stone and won’t need the regular resealing that other products require! All you have to do is wipe them down with a wet dishtowel now and again, and you’re good to go.
Clean as a Whistle
The other big benefit of quartz being a non-porous stone is that it’s much cleaner than other stone countertops. Quartz counters won’t absorb moisture, food particles or other kitchen contaminants that make prime breeding ground for harmful bacteria. That means they’re more sanitary than other countertops since they are virtually bacteria free if cleaned regularly.
While all this might make choosing quartz counters seem like a no-brainer, the main reason most homeowners choose quartz countertops is their appearance. There are two types of quartz counters: 1) solid slab and 2) quartz counters made of 95% ground quartz crystal held together by polymer resins. Both are equally tough, but the ground quartz models offer the added advantage of a huge range of available colors and looks. In fact, quartz counters can be purchased to fit just about any colour scheme or design imaginable.
Don’t Stop with Counters
The final draw of quartz countertops is that they can be installed just about anywhere the structure of your home can support them. This makes them as ideal for backsplashes and even showers. If you’re considering quartz countertops, why not go with an entire quartz kitchen? Your new quartz kitchen will provide you with stunning looks and functionality for years to come!
Talk to a Professional
If you do decide that quartz countertops are for you, talk to an experienced contractor, stone company or countertop installer about putting them in. Like any stone, quartz is heavy and cumbersome to work with, so it’s best to leave the grunt work to somebody who is used to the heavy lifting that comes with any stone countertop installation. Furthermore, you’ll want to hire somebody who can evaluate the structural aspects of your kitchen or bathroom in order to be sure your home can handle the added weight of quartz. Skipping these steps could lead to disastrous results if your home just wasn’t built to support such a heavy building material.
In short, if you’re looking for a superior countertop, choose quartz. It’s very attractive, tougher, cleaner, and virtually maintenance free, making it hands down the best countertop material available on the market. Check out our next issue for some of Irelands leading kitchen installers! Out in shops 2nd of October.