Practicality and great aesthetic variety make quartz countertops a smart and easy choice for modern kitchens.
QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS: HOW THEY ARE MADE
The quartz used for kitchen countertops is a composite made of 95% natural quartz combined with polymer binding resins. It is actually an Italian company that patented the manufacturing process for quartz countertops…a true case of “Made in Italy”!
The resins in the material function as sealant so no additional sealing is required, unlike granite countertops.
THE AESTHETICS OF QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
Quartz countertops have very modern, elegant aesthetics. As engineered stone surfaces, they also have very few – if any – imperfections, something that cannot be said for granite or marble surfaces, which cannot be controlled as much.
Due to the ability to mix the quartz granules with glass, granite, and other pigments, it is possible to create infinite chromatic and aesthetic effects and obtain a “custom look”. Finer quartz crystals create more even-looking surfaces while larger crystals produce more visual variety.
The surface itself can be smooth, matte, or slightly textured. The more textured countertops tend to be a bit more difficult to maintain because dirt and colored substances get trapped more easily and are harder to remove.
THE FUNCTIONALITY OF QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
Perhaps the best part of quartz countertops is their functional qualities, which make them perfectly suited for modern living. This material makes kitchen countertops:
- Highly durable. When it comes to natural stones, there are only three that are harder than quartz and none of them is used for countertops: topaz, sapphire, and diamond.
- Resistant to wear and tear, chipping, scratches, and cracking (unless exposed to extreme weight and blunt force, especially when it comes to thinner countertops). Quartz is also resistant to heat, although extreme heat can damage it (so it is advisable not to place hot pots and pans on the surface directly from the stove).
- Non-porous. Unlike granite, marble and concrete, quartz countertops don’t stain when put in touch with oil, coffee, wine, tomato juice and similar liquids that are common in the kitchen. Non-porous also means more hygienic as the surface doesn’t attract or retain bacteria.
- Low maintenance. Quartz countertops can be cleaned by just mixing water and vinegar with dish detergent or dish detergent and baking soda. No solvents or alcohol-based products.