A Quick Rundown on Quartz

Quartz is a type of countertop that is talked about often. It’s an engineered stone that’s been quickly rising in popularity—holding its own against granite and marble in kitchens and bathrooms all over the nation.

About the Material

Unlike granite, quartzite, and marble, quartz is an engineered stone. While it’s true that its main ingredient is natural quartz, it also includes a small percentage of polymers and resins—two additives that seal the stone’s natural pores and qualify it as a man-made material.

What people love about quartz is its versatility—while it’s not a genuine natural stone, it has the capability of mimicking the look of natural stones of all types. So if you’re interested in the look of a granite or marble countertop but you’re not ready to commit to their maintenance, then quartz might be a good choice for you.

Quartz countertops, because they are made with engineered stone, are known for their uniform style. Instead of the unpredictable patterns of natural stone, where no two slabs are alike, quartz slabs are much easier to pair seamlessly.

Quartz Maintenance

Because of the additives included in quartz’s composition, it is an inherently nonporous stone. Its nonporous nature means you don’t have to seal it—it’s a one-and-done deal during the fabrication process.

Cleaning your quartz countertop is just as easy as you might think. All you need is water, mild detergent, and a soft cloth. We recommend staying away from substances like bleach, ammonia, vinegar, etc., or cleaners that include polish, wax, or oils.

To make sure that your quartz stays looking beautiful and brand new, make sure to use a cutting board—if you chop directly on your quartz countertop, it could eventually cause scratching. And because quartz is not quite as heat resistant as other stones, it’s always smart to use a hot pad or a trivet when handling hot pots and pans in the kitchen.

Investing in Quartz

There are plenty of reasons why quartz is a worthy investment. It’s durable, it’s versatile, and it can last in your home for generations if it’s taken care of correctly. Not to mention it can also raise the resale value of your home!

While quartz may be more expensive than lesser materials like laminate and tile, it is a high-quality stone that will serve you and your family for many years.

If you want to learn more about quartz, contact Legacy Tile & Granite for a consultation.

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