If you are considering new countertops, you may have questions about the various types that are available. One option, quartz countertops, are extremely durable and available in a wide range of colors. Before choosing quartz counters, there are some questions you may need to answer to be sure it is the right option for you and your family.
1. How are quartz countertops made?
Quartz countertops are actually known as engineered stone. The counters are created when ground quartz, one of the hardest stones on Earth, is mixed with polymers and pigments to create a strong finish.
2. Which is better, quartz or granite?
Granite is also a very hard surface but it will crack if struck with a heavy object. In addition, granite needs occasional sealing to keep the surface non-porous. Engineered quartz is non-porous without needing sealant. The surface is also 99.9 percent bacteria resistant and the surface is extremely hard. This means even dropping a heavy object on the surface may not crack the counter.
3. What design options do I have with quartz?
Because pigments are added to the counters, you have a much wider range of colors to chose from than you do other types of natural stone. You can also get quartz countertops with flecks of metal or recycled glass which can add a unique look to your counter.
4. Where can I use quartz?
Although quartz is predominantly used in kitchens, the durability of the surface makes it perfect for almost any room. You can use it in the bathroom, laundry room or even as a fireplace surround. Because the stone is manufactured, you can use it in a large area and keep the uniformity as each slab is the same.
5. How do you maintain quartz?
There is virtually no maintenance required for quartz counters. It does not need to be sealed like other types of natural stone and it can be cleaned using warm water and a soft cloth. It is important to use hot pads and trivets on quartz counters as the polymers make it less heat resistant than other types of countertops. A hot pan directly from the stove could cause damage.
6. How much do quartz countertops cost?
The cost of quartz depends on the quality of the stone and the brand you choose. Costs can range from $30 per square foot to $150 per square foot or higher. It is often less expensive than granite although some types may cost slightly more. The cost will be based on the thickness of the slab, how much countertop you need and how complex of a design you have.
7. Where should I buy quartz countertops?
Although it is tempting to visit big home improvement stores to purchase granite countertops, they usually have a very small selection. Because quartz counters need to be installed by a professional, you also run the risk of the home improvement store hiring a less-skilled contractor than you would get if you went to a natural stone specialty store.
8. Can I get quartz that looks like marble?
There is no question that marble has a sophisticated look that many homeowners seek. However, marble is a relatively soft stone that is not as durable as quartz. However, several manufacturers offer quartz counters that mimic the look of marble. This gives you the look of marble without the maintenance that marble requires.
9. Can I use quartz counters for an outdoor kitchen?
Quartz is not recommended for use outdoors as UV light from the sun could change the pigments in the counters. In fact, even direct sunlight through a window has been known to change the color of quartz counters.
10. Are quartz counters natural stone?
Quartz is considered natural stone as the countertops are created with more than 90 percent quartz. This provides you with an extremely hard surface created from natural substances.
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