What the Quartz?
In the era of DIY and homeowners tackling big remodels the importance of understanding materials and their benefits is greater than ever. Similarly, when purchasing a home one should be able to recognize different materials used and the value they add. Natural stone surfaces such as granite, marble, soapstone and concrete have all topped our kitchen and bathroom countertops over the last decade, but now there is a new player in town: quartz.
So, what is quartz?
Some quartz countertops are quarried slabs of natural stone, however most quartz is engineered. The engineering process combines approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. This process results in a super hard and low maintenance countertop. The ratio of natural quartz to resin impacts the cost of the final product. A higher resin composition results in a less expensive countertop.
How durable is quartz?
Quartz is not porous like stone countertops so it is stain and corrosion resistant. Feel free to cut directly on your quartz countertops, as long as you don’t mind dulling your knives, quartz will not scratch. It is also 99.9% bacteria free because it is not porous. Unlike granite that requires being resealed every 12 months, quartz has zero maintenance.
Why quartz?
Quartz comes in ample colors and patterns so that you can achieve any style you’d like. Quartz can be made to resemble stunning Carrera marble or the brightest of white for a modern kitchen. Cambria Countertops, a leading quartz manufacturer in the US, offer over 120 designs and 19 styles of edge profiles to guarantee a finished product to suit anyone’s esthetic. The engineered material offers consistency- what you see in the showroom is what you get.
Why not quartz?
Although quartz has a lot of pros it's important to acknowledge the pitfalls with the product. Quartz counters are heat resistant, but a sudden change in temperature or sustained heat from a pan can result in cracking so its best to use a trivet or hot pad. Also, it should not be used outdoors because direct sunlight will result in discoloration. These drawbacks may be minor depending on your personal preferences.
Quartz gives the consumer more functionality and style options when compared to natural stone. Love it or leave it- quartz is here to stay.