Quartz Countertops: Buying Guide, Costs, and Care
Quartz countertops are becoming more popular than natural granite because they require much less maintenance.
Quartz countertops are a beautiful and durable option in kitchens. They come in an endless variety of colors, including fire-engine red or apple green to earthy browns like chocolate chip cookie dough! And unlike natural stone slabs that need mining for their look – these engineered pieces are engineered in a factory. A great thing about quartz is how many choices you have when it comes down to style. Black/cream? Sparkles & veining? We got it all!
Is Quartz is Better Than Granite?
Ground quartz is the primary ingredient of these counters, which are created by binding together polyester resins and pigments. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks can be added to give them more appeal; they also don’t need any sealing because their nonporous surface will resist stains from food items! In contrast, granite requires frequent maintenance with a new topcoat every year – if not more often- depending on how quickly you use your kitchen island.
Quartz has come a long way since it was first introduced to the market. People were skeptical about quartz because of its lack of patterns and color variations. Still, many varieties mimic these qualities well enough that customers do not even know they’re different from natural stone!
We all know granite and marble are the most popular countertop materials, but there’s a new one on the block: the quartz. With its honed finish or sandblast patterns, quartz has become one-of-a-kind as it provides an industrial look with polished edges for modern kitchens. How do you decide what type of material will work best? We’ll go over the pros of quartz countertops so you can make an informed decision.
How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?
Expect to pay roughly $60 to $90 per square foot, including installation, which is comparable to natural stone.
How are Quartz Countertops Made?
Natural quartz crystals are mined and processed into dust or aggregate, which is then fused with resin binders under high heat and pressure to make a solid slab. The countertop will then take on the color of the pigments used during the process.
Key Questions Answered
Hire a Pro?
Quartz slabs are very heavy and can be difficult to install. Though the added resins make them more flexible, they still need proper handling if you want your slab to not crack during installation or after it’s been set into place- only certified professionals should do this work!
Where can you buy it?
Come down to our showroom at Southern Interiors…just outside Little Rock in Sherwood
How long does quartz last?
Quartz is a popular material for many reasons. Not only do they come in different colors and styles but also with warranties depending on the company that ranges from 10-15 years up till lifetime.
Is a Quartz Countertop Right for You?
Here are some advantages to consider when choosing quartz.
1. It’s low-maintenance.
It never needs to be sealed, unlike natural stone or wood. For daily maintenance, simply wipe with soapy water. A light scrubbing scrub can be used to remove surface stains. Scrubbing pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals, which can break down the bindings between the quartz and resins, should be avoided.
2. It’s antimicrobial.
Resin emulates the protection of natural quartz with its nonporous and smudge-resistant surface. It prevents bacteria, mold, or mildew from penetrating your counter, so you also never have to worry about any stains!
3. It’s design-friendly.
Slabs are perfect for making your kitchen look like it belongs in a high-end restaurant or hotel. They can be cut to size, shaped into sinks, and other features of kitchens without worrying about breaking apart from each other during installation. Also, because they have added resins, they are more flexible than natural stones.