Quartz Countertops

Quartz

Quartz counters have been gaining in popularity since first introduced more than twenty five years ago. Quartz counters are referred to as “Man Engineered Stone”, being comprised of typically 93% Quartz aggregate and 7% Polyester resin binder, and being manufactured into regular slabs typically 4 ½ feet by 9 ½ feet, and 3cm thick.

Quartz slabs, being made in a controlled factory environment, lack the unpredictability and variation found in naturally stone products. You can select a Quartz counter without the added inconvenience of traveling from place to place to select a slab. The sample you see in a showroom is indicative of what you will receive.

One of the first things you’ll notice about these counters is the hardness. Quartz, which is crystallized Silicon Dioxide, is rated at 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This is harder than steel or granite. The polyester resin present in a Quartz counter adds a measure of elasticity, making the surface less prone to stress cracks that can occur in other very hard materials.

These counters are nonporous, unlike natural stone, and never require sealing. There are no pits or cracks in a Quartz counter that could trap particles and bacteria. Quartz, therefore, is among the most hygienic materials you could choose for a kitchen counter, as well as one of the most maintenance free tops.

What adds the color and art to a Quartz counter is its Polyester resin binder, which comes in a vast array of colors, many of which you will not be able to find in a natural stone counter. Vibrant blues and reds are there for the choosing if you are inspired, while more conservative natural stone patterns are also available, without the irregularities that often are present in a natural slab.

To protect your investment, the manufacturers of Quartz products offer generous warranties ranging from 10 to 25 years from the date of installation. Couple this with the repairable nature of Quartz, and you have an excellent investment in the value of your home and quality of life in your kitchen.

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