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Reasons to consider Quartz the best option
February 21, 2017
We've talked about quartz before. But maybe it is time to break down its many benefits. Whenever we're thinking about a home remodeling, we just don't know where to start when it comes to materials, color palettes, countertops...
Now, between all of those things, it might seem a little trickier to pick out the perfect countertop material,
"Quartz is a manufactured product and can be very attractive. The manufacturing process allows a much wider range of colors than you'll find in natural stones such as marble or granite. The appearance of the finished engineered stone is rich, even luxurious. The finish has a depth that can't be produced with solid surface materials like Corian." says Countertop Guides.
According to this site, "quartz has the same durability as concrete and granite, but is quite a bit more forgiving, so it won't chip or crack as easily. It doesn't have the same hardness in the feel that some people find unpleasant", and we happen to agree. Quartz countertops give your kitchen -and bathroom- a much sophisticated, simple and gentle look.
"Like other hard surface countertop materials, quartz is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite, marble and concrete", they add. "It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. You can always be confident that you are getting your quartz countertop absolutely clean, ant that's a great benefit in both the kitchen and the bathroom." So you would be dealing not only with a material that highlights the beauty of the room, but also keeps the area extra-clean, being a non-porous kinda countertop.
Now, just in case you're still having any doubts, here's a list of 9 reasons why you should choose quartz vs. granite, according to Leeza:
1. Cost: Every homeowner has a budget for their home renovations. You want the best value for your money. Quartz is less expensive than exotic granite. If your kitchen is large with lots of couter space, the cost of your countertop can quickly rise to high numbers. With quartz, you don't have to compromise a great look for an affordable price.
2. Appearance: Quartz, unlike other stone slabs, can be crafted with a controlled appearancce. The way quartz slabs are produced allows the manufacturer to ensure that the slab is exactly the color, texture and pattern that you want. There are no defects in the slab to cut around and run up the cost.
3. Strenght: Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with 7% resin binder and some colourant. This creates an extremely hard stone that is stronger than the granite or marble. The slab is the same working thickness as other materials, and it is shaped, cut and finished using the same stone-cutting equipment.
4. Non-Porous: Granite and marble are both porous stones with tiny capillary channels between the minerals. If you spill wine on unsealed granite or marble, the wine can sink into these channels and potentially permanently stain the stone. Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing. Quartz is very stain resistant. This makes it much easier to use and maintain in the kitchen or bathroom.
5. Hygienic: Top brand quartz counters, are manufactured to be hygienic and to reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow. This makes top brand quartz counters appropiate for food preparation and consumption. When evaluating quartz, make sure it's been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation as a safe countertop.
6. Maintenance: Granite and marble countertops must be sealed regularly to prevent staining and the growth of bacteria. This maintenance adds to the cost of these countertops. Quartz does not require sealing or other routine maintenance to maintain its beauty and functionality.
7. Color consistency: Most homeowners are not aware that some granite slabs are commercially dyed in order to improve their sales profiles. The most commonly dyed slabs are the family of black granites. Over time, these dyes change and the appearance of the counter may not be what the customer expected. Quartz is manufactured in many colors, and the color is consistent throughout the entire slab.
8. Cleaning: When you pay for your counter, you want it to be user friendly. With quartz, cleaning the counter is easy. The quartz washes off with soap and water and looks as good as new. You don't have to use special bacteria-preventing soaps.
9. Scratches: Quartz, because of its design and manufacturing process, is a durable and scratch resistant product. By exercising standard care, your finish will look fabulous throughout your countertop's lifetime.
Clearly, there are infinity of perks in using this material, not only when it comes to functionality, but also when it comes to aesthetics, so if you're the kind of person who spends most of their time in the kitchen, quartz is gonna suit you perfectly: it makes the room look great and spacious (even better if you choose light colors, we recommend white), it is non-porous, so it is easy to clean and you can be sure of its perfect hygiene, and of course, its strenght will be an extra plus for you. What are you waiting for?