It has been said that countertops can make or break a kitchen’s overall look. Even if everything else in the kitchen (or bath, for that matter) is perfect, if the countertops are lacking the whole look is off. For this reason many homeowners and decorating professionals spend considerable time searching for the right tops. Many are now choosing quartz countertops, and there are some good reasons for that.
Quartz countertops are known for their incredible strength. While they look much like granite tops, they are, in fact, quite different. During the manufacturing of quartz tops, certain processes take place, such as adding binding materials and color pigments, that cause the finished top to be very strong and durable. But while these tops are tough, they are also attractive and have a natural appearance that many homeowners are seeking. In fact, they can offer a nice, sophisticated look that can be hard to find with other materials.
Another benefit to quartz countertops that plays a big role in why this type of material is becoming so popular is its wide range of colors. Today, quartz tops can be found in a colors that are bright, bold, and strong or in colors that are muted, soft, and warm. The color that one chooses is consistent throughout the top which is not always found in other types of countertop materials. This ability to keep colors consistent throughout the top is one reason why these tops are so easy to use when it comes to making custom tops and back-splashes.
Of course, quartz countertops can be used in both kitchens and bathrooms. Because the material is non-porous it resist bacteria and is very easy to keep clean. This can be an issue with some homes where keeping countertops nearly sterile is a concern. Also, these tops are heat-resistant making them a great option for use near stoves and ovens.
It was mentioned above that quartz tops are hard as nails, but hardness means nothing if the surface is not also durable. These tops resist scratching, and that is important for many who use their counters for food preparation. These tops are less prone to staining and they are known to keep their natural shine for years. Also, these tops do not require sealing which is needed for granite and marble countertops. Owners do not have to polish the tops and simple soap and water is enough for daily cleaning. Anyone who has ever tried to live with a marble or granite countertop will attest to how important it is to have an easy-to-maintain top that does not require a complicated cleaning schedule. With quartz, you wipe, wash, and go. It is that simple.
These are only a few of the many benefits that you find with quartz countertops. Anyone who is considering new tops for their kitchen or bath should spend a few minutes looking into quartz tops as there is much to learn about them that many people are not aware of. Best of all, the cost of quartz countertops is not prohibitive for most homeowners.