Quartz Countertops: Frequently Asked Questions
What is quartz stone and why should I choose it for my kitchen countertops?
Quartz, otherwise known as engineered stone, is a stone made up of around 93% natural quartz and 7% resins. Various colors and materials can be mixed into the stone to give a unique color and pattern to the finished product. The most essential and prized factor of quartz stone countertops is their durability and resilience. Not only is quartz itself one of hardest natural materials on Earth, but the resins added in the production process also add to the countertop’s longevity. Because quartz is scratch resistant and nonporous, quartz stone countertops also are impervious to bacterial growth and mildew, adding to its value, practicality, and longevity.
Can I customize the look of my quartz stone countertops?
Yes. In the quartz production process, different materials can be added to adjust the color and pattern of the quartz. Colors can range from deep red, bold orange or a clean, pristine white. A popular choice for countertops is using marble coloring to give the effect of marble countertops in a more resilient, and cheaper, form.
What are my choices in quartz countertops?
Quartz comes in a variety of colors and thicknesses which can be adjusted to match your preferences and your specific needs. One of the best features of quartz is the customizability of the stone to match what you are looking for in your home perfectly.
How can I best care for my quartz stone countertop?
Quartz is scratch resistant and extremely durable, but sudden impact or high pressures can still damage the surface. It is also recommended always to use a cutting board and hot pads for protection from excess heat to protect the appearance and increase the longevity of your countertops. High temperatures and harsh chemicals can damage the quartz or reduce its durability. Routine cleaning should also be done with a non abrasive solution with a pH of between 5 and 8 and damp cloth to maintain the luster of the countertop.
Are quartz countertops porous?
No, a key feature of quartz is its nonporous nature. This means that the surface will be easy to clean and bacteria will not be harbored in the stone.
Will the color of my quartz countertop be consistent?
As the countertops are made from a natural material, color variations cannot be avoided and is an inherent quality of the material.
Will my quartz countertops have seams?
Because quartz stone is naturally patterned and color inconsistencies are an inherent quality of the material, the completed countertops will have seams. The presence of seams is based on the number of pieces needed to cover the entire surface of the counters.
Where can I use quartz countertops?
Quartz is durable, bacteria resistant, and nonporous, so it is an excellent option for all places in the home, including kitchens, bathrooms, and fireplaces. It is not recommended to use quartz countertops outside, however, as prolonged exposure to UV light can discolor and damage the longevity of the quartz stone.