Stone countertops have a unique way of bringing the beauty of nature indoors. Unfortunately, they also bring its challenges: limited water resistance, surface imperfections and high cost. It’s also more difficult to maintain in the long run. Hence the growing popularity of quartz.
Quartz countertops offer pretty much everything the modern family needs: style, durability and low maintenance. It’s also more versatile, allowing manufacturers to include more styles and features. We’ll discuss a few of them here.
Quartz is composed of a stone-like material. What does “stone-like” mean? The only real difference is that one is naturally occurring (though modified by mills), and the other is completely manufactured by mills. So, builders can achieve the same stunning visuals of natural stone while also customizing their products for better performance.
Since quartz countertops are manufactured, they also offer more colors and styles. Their aesthetics still tend to reflect those of natural stone, but with enhanced looks designed to fit any home’s style.
Stone and durability seem to go hand-in-hand. However, natural stone does suffer from a few limitations that are often apparent in kitchens. Few homeowners realize that the reason their stone countertops break down is because they haven’t resealed them on a regular basis. To prevent damage and water absorption, stone must be sealed before it is sold, then sealed again with regular use. Even when sealed, stone countertops are easy to stain.
Quartz countertops do not suffer from these limitations. Since quartz is crafted, it does not feature the same porous features along its surface as stone. So, no sealing treatments are needed. Also, quartz is designed to take abuse even for the long run.
We tend to find countertops in rooms where cleanliness is important, so a hygienic design makes sense. Some mills blend antibacterial substances when building their quartz countertops. While this isn’t a completely fool-proof solution (countertops should still be cleaned regularly), it does mean that your countertops will hinder, rather than promote, bacterial growth. And since the surface isn’t porous, quartz countertops are also easier to clean.
Countertops come in a variety of styles and materials. If you’re ready to make an informed choice, visit Salem’s leading experts at COLORTILE of Salem today!