Laminate countertops were first introduced to the market in the 1920s and since then they have been a prominent feature in kitchens and bathrooms around the world. During the last 10 years, however, there has been a swing over to natural stone surfaces such as soapstone, marble, concrete and granite. Lately, however, there has been a new contender that has made its way to the scene in the form of quartz.
Quartz countertops are an engineered stone that offer a combination of durability and beauty combined into one. Quartz offers the aesthetic beauty of natural stone combined with a variety of benefits derived from modern technology. A quartz slab consists of quartz crystals mixed with the a binder and pigments and in many cases it’s hard to tell the difference between a granite counter top and a quartz counter that has been fabricated to look like granite.
The Beauty of Quartz
Quartz has its own natural luster that offers a multidimensional appearance. You can find this material in just about any color and pattern and you can also choose from solid colors. Since this is a man-made option, your color options are virtually endless. If you want to add a splash of color to your kitchen or bathroom and want to steer away from neutrals, quartz is a fantastic choice.
A quartz countertop can be finished to provide a satin look or you can choose a polished finish and deeper tones to the counter. The choice is yours when it comes to quartz and that is the reason why so many people decide to add this material to a room. You’ll have more flexibility to work this material into your color scheme than you would have with natural stones.
This is a hard countertop providing a great work surface for people that love to cook in the kitchen. The only other material in the world that is harder than quartz is diamond. Quartz minerals are mixed with resin and then submitted to high heat and pressure. The resulting mix is a non-porous counter that can stand up to the test of time while remaining as beautiful as the day it was first installed.
Quartz countertops are virtually maintenance-free and don’t need to be sealed like other natural stone counters because they are so dense. As well, due to its nonporous nature, quartz countertops don’t harbor any harmful bacteria and they are NSF-certified. There are no pores for food or spills to leak down below the surface so a simple wipe with a damp cloth will remove any debris quickly and easily.
Quartz has often been considered as an alternative to granite but in recent years it has gained its own notoriety and now stands proudly on its own two legs. Quartz is no longer merely thought to be an alternative but rather a go-to counter that has its own sparkling personality they can’t be found with many other natural stone products.