When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, you need to consider more than just how it will look. Your kitchen must be functional and you want features that are durable yet bacteria resistant. Your countertop is one of the most important features as it is the area where most of your family meals will be prepared. Hanstone countertops are part of a growing family of counters created by blending 93 percent natural quartz with polyester resins to create a counter that is extremely strong yet resistant to bacteria and stains. However, before choosing Hanstone, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the surface.
Hanstone is an extremely strong countertop material. Quartz is the second most abundant stone on Earth, with only feldspar more available. About 12 percent of the Earth’s crust is made up of quartz and, when it is mixed with other materials, it creates a surface that is extremely hard. There are some estimates that quartz countertops are six times stronger than granite. Only three other stones are harder than quartz – diamonds, sapphires, and topaz. Hanstone countertops can withstand up to 6,000 pounds of weight, much more than you should ever need in your kitchen.
Although granite is one of the most popular options in countertop material, it is porous. This means that the counter can absorb liquids. Germs and bacteria can settle into the small veins in the countertop which makes it less safe for food preparation. It is also more susceptible to staining should someone spill wine, juice or coffee on the counter and not wipe it up quickly. Most granite countertops are sealed after they are manufactured and that sealant must be reapplied periodically. Hanstone does not require sealing and is naturally non-porous. This makes it almost maintenance free and safer for your family as it resists bacteria.
Many Designs Available
It has been said that Hanstone has the “look of marble and the strength of quartz.” Because it is manufactured, Hanstone is available in many more colors than granite or marble. This is because granite and marble are limited to colors that can be created in nature. In addition, there are a wide range of veining patterns so you can create the look you want in your kitchen. Hanstone is available in three standard sizes as well as two jumbo sizes so you should be able to find the size you need for your family.
In addition to being stain resistant, Hanstone is also scratch resistant. No matter how careful you are, your knife can slip, you can drop a pan or your kids may climb up on the counter to reach something in a cabinet. Hanstone is highly resistant to scratches and cracks. However, it is still recommended that you use cutting boards with knives more to keep from dulling your knives rather than to protect the counter.
Cleaning Hanstone is very easy. Simply use warm water with a mild soap and a soft cloth to keep the countertop gleaming for decades. If you are considering Hanstone, contact us today by filling out the easy only form or give us a call.