While there are many attractive options for building countertops, quartz is a material that often piques homeowners' interest. It is similar in appearance to granite, but because of its manufacturing process, which calls for the stone to be combined with a binding agent and colored pigments, quartz is usually stronger. If you are thinking about a quartz countertop for your home, that may be reason enough to install it. However, there are several other benefits to using quartz.
One of the main reasons that homeowners opt for quartz countertops is their attractive, natural appearance. Quartz adds a sophisticated look to your counters and the speckled appearance of the stone adds interesting color and dimension as well. It is a good fit for a home that features a modern decorating style.
Quartz countertops are available in a wide range of colors, including bold, bright shades and warm, neutral tones. The color is also consistent throughout the stone. As a result, you can create a customized look for your counters.
Quartz countertops are ideal for use in both the kitchen and bathroom. The stone is non-porous, so it is resistant to bacteria growth, which can be an issue in both rooms. In addition, quartz countertops are heat-resistant so they are suitable for use beside a stove.
Quartz is one of the hardest countertop materials available, so these counters are highly durable. They are scratch-resistant so you do not have to worry about knives or other kitchen tools leaving marks on the surface. The heat resistance of the stone also means that the countertops will not be damaged by boiling water or hot pots and pans in the kitchen or heated styling tools in the bathroom. Quartz countertops are also less prone to stains than other materials because of their non-porous surface, so you do not have to worry about them becoming dirty and worn or losing their shine.
Because they are so durable, quartz countertops are relatively easy to maintain. Unlike granite, marble and other stone surfaces, they do not require sealing. It is not necessary to polish or buff them, either. When they become dirty, mild soap and water is usually effective for cleaning them. However, it is best to avoid heavy-duty cleansers such as bleach, because they may etch the counters' surface.
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