6 Frequently Asked Questions About Quartz Countertops
February 8, 2015
Quartz countertops are among the most sought after countertop types in the United States. Below we will answer several of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on quartz countertops.
What are the options?
Quartz countertop patterns and colors are too numerous to go into in this article; however, a good place to start is your local kitchen design agency or a big box franchise. They can get you pointed in the right direction by asking a few simple questions about your favorite styles and colors you like without overwhelming you.
What is it made of?
Quartz countertop material is manufactured stone made up of a mixture of natural quartz crystals, granite, pigment, shells, mirror, glass and sand with an antimicrobial resin composite. Quartz in it natural crystal form is the most abundant mineral found in the Earth’s surface. It can be found in most sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, and therefore, its many varieties are quarried in numerous locations around the globe. Quartz has also been found in rocks taken in the lunar explorations.
Does the brand matter?
Branding is not as much of a factor as the natural material to resin ratio, and the depth of the slab. Be aware that material content ratios vary from 70:30 to 90:10 and slabs come in both 2 Centimeter and 3 Centimeter depths.
Where can sample be viewed or obtained?
Start by searching the internet for leads, but your local stone and slab dealers are your best option for looking at materials. Some of them give out small samples of quartz material for you to take home. Unlike granite, quartz patterns and colors are fairly uniform and even a small sample is a good representation the entire slab.
Where are examples of it installed?
Stone distributors who also fabricate and install their product usually have a portfolio of finished projects
with photos for perspective clients to view. Reputable companies sometimes have a list of former clients who may be proudly willing to allow you into their homes to see their countertops.
What kind of maintenance does it need?
Quartz is non-porous so it never needs sealing. For routine cleaning use a damp cloth or paper towel. Clean up spills before they dry to prevent hard water stains or rings. Although quartz is stain and scratch resistant it is not stain and scratch proof. Remember to use cutting boards and trivets to avoid damaging your quartz. Most importantly follow the advice of the dealer and be aware of factory warranty limitations. Avoid exposure of your quartz countertops to strong chemicals or solvents. If you feel you must use a cleanser avoid those with a high PH. Good examples of cleaning products would be low-PH all purpose cleansers (NO BLEACH) or a good degreaser.
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