When you are looking for a countertop material to add to a new kitchen, there are lots available in natural stones, with some of the most popular being granite and of course, the ever-desirable marble. But if you are looking for an affordable option that is stain-resistant, durable, and has a range of natural colors, then it can be worth investing in a quartz countertop.
However, compared to granite and even marble, little is known about quartz as a stone, let alone as a material to make a countertop out of! In this article, the key points that you need to know about having a quartz countertop in your kitchen will be explored to help users make the most of this striking kitchen surface.
How Quartz Differs from Granite
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral but is considered to be man-made. It is created using quartz crystals that have been crushed and then mixed with resin and pigments; this creates a surface that looks like real stone and has all of the natural imperfections that one would get with granite, which does make it an appealing option. But it does mean that it will require a different handling technique, so, if you are opting to buy a quartz countertop from Legacy Countertops, you will need to understand that there are some very different requirements to keep it looking at its best.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Unlike granite, quartz countertops do not need to be sealed or re-sealed, as it is polished during its creation. To clean it, wipe it down with a non-abrasive pad or cloth and mild soap. Interestingly, stains that occur on quartz surfaces can be removed with a glass cleaner that is vinegar based and a non-abrasive sponge. It can also be worth polishing the surface with rubbing alcohol and water.
Quartz countertops are mixed with different pigments, which means they come in a wide variety of colors and hues. Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz is homogenous and has a set color and pattern, meaning it is easier to match tiles and slabs when you are having it fitted. The most popular colors of quartz countertops include grays, browns, and even whites (potentially because these mimic a more natural-looking stone), but you can also get green and blue if you wish.
The price of a quartz countertop will depend on the materials that have gone into it. If you were having a higher-priced pigment mixed into the surface along with rarer crystals, the cost will be higher. It’s also worth noting that for most quartz countertop fittings, the majority of the cost will be in the handling, as quartz is very heavy and difficult to handle and should always be installed by a professional. So, be sure to shop around for the best option for your budget.
Quartz can become damaged, usually around the edges or the corners, especially when it is being installed or if it has sustained a blunt trauma. Repairing it can be tricky, but you would need to hire a professional to do so, as trying to do this yourself can lead to further damage on the surface. However, quartz is stain-resistant, crack and chip-resistant, and heat-resistant, so any repairs that are needed should be minimal.