Gorgeous stone slab countertops are definitely the show stopping element in any room. Keeping them looking their best is simple if you know the facts.
Quartz countertops, also know as engineered stone, is a smart and stylish choice for your countertops. This highly durable, stain resistant material offers all the beauty found in natural stone and is practically, maintenance free. Captivating colors and gorgeous textures that will be right at home in any space.
Quartz counters are manufactured with nearly 100 percent quartz which is one of the hardest minerals found in earth, even harder than granite. The mixture is comprised of approximately 95 percent quartz with the remaining from polymer resins.
Quartz is ideal for kitchen and bath countertops as well as bar tops, wall and flooring applications.
Naturally hard and scratch resistant, quartz is as tough as it is beautiful. Extraordinary styling makes this countertop a show stopper with the wide variety of colors and tempting textures. OOh la la! Neutral tones to vivid colors, plain to small grain to veining, every decor will find its perfect complement.
The finishing touch comes from a selection of edge treatments which range from a simple straight edge or bevel to an elegant bull-nose or ogee.
Unlike granite, which can permanently stain from cooking oils and grease or etched by acid found in many common household products and foods, quartz is impervious to these hazards. It resists stains, is non-porous and non-absorbent to water, moisture and bacteria. Say so long to your worries about lemons, spilled coffee, wine and makeup.
What’s more is that quartz is virtually maintenance free. No sealing and no polishing. Just wipe it down with warm water and a mild soap. Viola! You’re done.
While Quartz countertops are superior in stain resistance, strength and durability, prolonged exposure to heat may cause damage, so use a hot pad or trivet. Strong chemicals, harsh cleaners and bleach should be avoided. Also, seams may be present depending on the slab size and application. However, seams are often less noticeable than with granite. These slabs are extremely heavy and can crack if not properly handled so only use certified installers to get the job done right.
Many manufacturers offer warranties so be sure to check with your design professional for details.
Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with stylish and high performing quartz.