Quartz countertops are made from one of the hardest minerals on earth. They’re one of the most durable options for kitchens and also some of the most eye-catching. They come in a wide variety of colors with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble, but without the need for annual sealing. Quartz counters are non-porous and very easy to clean and maintain.
The primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent). It is combined with polyester resins to bind it and with pigments to give it color. Often small amounts of recycled glass or even metallic flecks are added for a different effect. The resins also help make the counters stain and scratch resistant, and nonporous so they never need to be sealed.
Quartz countertops are made of engineered stone, and they are a nonporous material. While the base is composed of natural quartz, its pores are sealed with additives called polymers and resins. Because of these additives, quartz does not qualify as a natural stone.
Because of its nonporous nature, quartz is a very easy countertop to maintain. It is great at resisting acids and does not stain easily—without ever being sealed. Remember those polymers and resins? They act as quartz’s natural sealant.
Wiping down your quartz countertop once a day should do the trick for upkeep. To help your slab last for as long as possible, we recommend avoiding abrasive cleaners.
Quartz is very durable; it’s actually as hard as concrete. It is scratch resistant, but since it’s not scratch proof, you should always cut food on a cutting board instead directly on your countertop.
Be extra careful with hot items around quartz, as the resins included in its makeup do not interact well with heat. Scorching is possible, so exercise caution and use a hot pad or trivet.
Quartz is known for its flexibility, so it’s rare that this stone will crack. Chips are also unlikely, but they are possible around the edges under extreme circumstances. They can be easily fixed, though, with epoxy adhesive.
Quartz is a countertop that looks best inside. The reason that it doesn’t perform well outside is due to the resins—when they are placed under direct sunlight, they tend to fade and cause discoloration in the quartz slab.
But you can’t go wrong with installing quartz as the centerpiece of an indoor kitchen. It’s not friendly to germs or bacteria, and it can last for generations.
Quartz countertops are a great choice for busy families who don’t have time to worry about maintaining their countertop. If you want the sophisticated look of natural stone with a fraction of the work, consider quartz. If you’re looking to sell, they could even raise the resale value of your home!
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