When redesigning your kitchen, especially when picking a countertop, sticking to your style and household needs are important. Whether you’re a foodie, a chef, a parent or a member of a large household, quartz has extensive benefits and adds a level of sophistication to your home kitchen.
Why should you get a quartz countertop in your kitchen?
Not only does quartz come in customizable colors and patterns, but it’s also extremely durable, low maintenance and competitively priced as opposed to natural stones such as granite.
Quartz isn’t just a popular trend in kitchen remodels. Quartz is a common mineral in nature used in a variety of industries and for a variety of projects. Its resemblance to granite and non-porous appearance adds to its aesthetic appeal, bringing together your kitchen space.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Quartz?
Unlike other natural minerals, quartz is a manufactured material and doesn’t need sealing due to its ability to resist cracks, stains, chips and other signs of damage. Quartz is perma-sealed during its production. You no longer have to worry about an annual application of a sealant or anything to coat the countertop.
Though granite has its visual appeal in countertop design, quartz is known for its veining and luster. The primary structure of quartz is shiny, making your kitchen space appear much brighter and more open as opposed to other materials.
Can I Request Different Patterns and Colors?
While natural stones are often limited to naturally occurring colors and patterns, quartz can be manufactured into any color requested. All the manufacturers have to do is place the quartz under intense heat combined with a resin. Then, they add different pigments to create diverse patterns, colors, and designs.
Is Quartz Expensive?
You may be wondering why quartz is growing in popularity, especially in the kitchen. Quartz is known for its competitive prices as opposed to other popular slabs purchased for kitchen countertops such as granite, marble, and others.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about your money going to waste with quartz. When using natural slabs for your countertop, often these materials must be carefully measured and cut for your countertop, resulting in a waste of product.
With quartz, you know exactly how much mineral you’re getting for the countertop space. This results in less waste of the product and overall more efficient use of the mineral.
How Do I Maintain a Quartz Countertop?
You can have peace of mind knowing that your quartz countertop is both beautiful and low maintenance. Quartz is perfect for the family because it fights stains, cracks, chips and other signs of damage.
Remember, with quartz, you don’t have to worry about that sealing agent applied to the countertop each year. The quartz is protected with a sealing agent during production. Think about the money you’ll save without needing to pay year-in and year-out to maintain your stone countertop.
Cleaning quartz countertops is quite simple, too. You don’t need any special liquids, sanitizers, cleansers or polishing agents. You can use simple warm water and soap to clean the countertop. It’s that easy.
Is Quartz Easily Accessible?
Unlike many natural-cut stones with limited availability due to overwhelming demand, domestic quartz is readily available for your countertop remodel. Quartz can be made through a simple manufacturing process and easily customized to fit your design requests.
The price of quartz is competitive with that of alternative options such as granite, marble and other minerals. As long as you decide your budget before choosing a countertop material, you can find a selection of quartz to fit your wishes.
How Is Quartz Made?
There is a common misconception that quartz is purely a man-made product. Quartz does in fact consist of the naturally occurring mineral. However, it’s combined with a resin and often pigments are added to create specific colors and patterns.
Quartz must be placed under heat and pressure to create the material we see used for kitchen countertops around the world. Because quartz is engineered, demand can easily be met through the heating process similar to that of metamorphic rock.
What’s the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?
Many people confuse quartz and quartzite, but these materials aren’t the same. We know quartz is manufactured using natural minerals and resins placed in extreme heat, often mixed with pigments to create a variety of colors and patterns.
While quartz is engineered, quartzite is a naturally occurring, metamorphic rock. Quartzite stone is obtained from mines in large quantities and then cut into carefully curated slabs to fit countertop designs.
Quartzite is polished and has a luster similar to quartz, however, it does require a sealing agent. It’s also heat-resistant and has a variety of natural colors available.
Keeping your budget, style, and home needs in mind, picking a quartz countertop can accommodate a variety of design requests and home activities. If you have any questions regarding picking a quartz countertop, don’t hesitate to reach out.
As one of Wisconsin’s largest fabricator of stone countertops, Wisconsin Granite Design can help make your kitchen and bath remodel dreams come true. Our main goal is to satisfy our customers with best quality and price in the market and our designers are ready to help. We specialize in granite, marble and quartz with thousands of slabs and colors to choose from.
We are the ideal place for your countertop remodel so call us today for a Free Consultation!