Learning the Facts About Quartz Countertops

Learning the Facts About Quartz Countertops

When it comes to home remodeling, the best quartz countertops rocks center stage. Several people are choosing this mineral for their kitchen and quartz bathroom countertops.

Nevertheless, you need to be wise before investing in the most popular quartz countertops. Here are the essential facts about this engineered quartz countertops.

Composition of Quartz Engineered Stone

This is a synthetic stone that is composed of 90% to 95% crushed quartz mixed with 10% to 5% cement-based resin binders. Overall, quartz countertops have an impeccable strength against scratches, dents, and cuts.

Because of its durability and design, plenty of buyers have gained interest in installing these countertops in their kitchen and bathroom remodeling.

Stunning Anti-Stain Property

Unlike natural stones which stains, all types of quartz countertops have excellent anti-stain properties. This trait is due to the presence of polymer resin binders in quartz countertops.

Brands or Types of Quartz Countertops

There are different types of quartz countertops available in the market. Some of the best brands include Cambria, Silestone, Zodiaq, Technistone, Caesarstone, and Avanza.

Cambria 

It comes with more than 100 designs and patterns. Cambria is the only brand of quartz countertops solely produced in the United States.

Caesarstone

This one mimics the elegant beauty of marble natural stone. It comes with more than 40 design variations and the popular choice among homeowners.

Silestone

This is another famous brand used by home remodelers because of its stunning texture and patterns. There are around 60 variations of designs to choose from for this brand.

Corian or Zodiaq

This brand is available in more than 40 design variations and can be readily bought in big box shops and stone suppliers. Its main producer is DuPont.

Italian Origin

The process of creating quartz slabs was developed by Breton where its headquarters is located in Italy. Bretonstone technology is the one used in creating this magnificent stone countertop.

Average Cost of Quartz Countertops

The cost of the best quartz countertops depends on different variables such as thickness, brand, color, logistics, stone supplier, labor cost and customization. Nevertheless, the average cost of quartz countertops is between $60 to $100 per square foot.

If you want a cheaper price, you can go for quartz tiles or remnants in several warehouses. However, for long term benefits, we recommend you to have a thicker slab. To achieve a modern appearance, better have a 1” to 2” slab thickness.

Low Cleaning and Maintenance

Kitchen and quartz bathroom countertops require less cleaning and maintenance because of the natural hardness and non-porous trait of this engineered stone. Unlike granite and marble, quartz does not require any sealing maintenance to achieve a good anti-stain property.

When cleaning and polishing quartz countertops, make sure to use a soft microfiber and avoid abrasive scrubbers. Likewise, use a neutral dish soap solution for disinfection and cleaning.

Low Tolerance Against Heat and UV Rays

Despite its durability, quartz countertops are vulnerable to hot items and UV ray exposure. Hot objects placed on top of its surface without any padding will cause discoloration.

Meanwhile, long exposure to UV rays will also result in discoloration. The main reason why quartz is not advisable for outdoor countertops.

Conclusion

Indeed, quartz engineered stone makes a great option for your kitchen and bathroom remodeling. To achieve a modern look, choose quartz with light to neutral tones. Likewise, install white quartz countertops for your small kitchen and bathroom because it creates a wider space impression.

If you need further assistance with quartz countertop installation, don’t hesitate to contact us Granite Expo. Get a free quote or consultation from us by making a call or emailing us.

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