What you should know about quartz worktop
Quartz is becoming more and more popular material used in kitchen countertops manufacturing. Are you thinking about installing it in your kitchen as well? However, before you decide on it, there are several very important things related to this material that you should know. Firstly, quart is a manmade product. It is manufactured by combining different pigments and resins. Quartz is naturally occurring material but it is also the major element in engineered stones. The main benefit of installing quartz countertops is that it is very easy to clean. For everyday cleaning you need only the cloth, warm water and mild detergent.
There should be added that quartz is more durable than granite but it also is relatively maintenance-free – no polishing or sealing is required while granite countertops need to be sealed at least every six months. In this way, engineered stones are with fully consistent patterns and it is very easy to match segments for seams. Thanks to those qualities, quartz will be ideal material for high traffic areas. Moreover, quartz is non-porous and non-absorbent and therefore it will not harbor bacteria. In addition, it is stain-resistant from common household items such as coffee, tea and wine. Quartz comes also in great variety of colours and grains which make it very similar to granite or marble.
Quartz will provide your kitchen with the great natural look. However, as everything, quartz has some disadvantages. Before you install quartz in your kitchen, you should know that is also very expensive. Depending on the supplier, there is usually the range of pricing based on the style and colour. Remember that quartz should not be exposed to any abrasive and strong alkaline cleaners. By using them, you can eventually remove the finish. In addition, quartz is not chemical-resistant or fracture-resistant. Do not use any sealers or any topical treatment of any kind. Did you know that quartz can be damaged by force? It can also be damaged by sudden or rapid changes of temperature. Because of this reason, no matter what type of quartz you have, we recommend using the cutting board and the hot pad. Those items will not only protect your countertops but your cookware as well.
Because of that, quartz is not recommended for fireplaces. Moreover, quartz should not be exposed to UV rays for a long time. After a while, you will notice the difference between areas which were exposed to UV rays more than the other. It is very smart to do research before you purchase any product. We would also like to underline that those who wish to have unique and original design can be unsatisfied with quartz countertops, as it is manmade material and any pattern can be repeated. To summarize the whole description, find what the best is for you and your needs. All material suppliers will have the product care and maintenance information available on their websites. However, you can always ask for it in person when choosing the material.