When you are selecting countertops for your kitchen, you want something that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The countertops are one of the first things you see when you walk into a kitchen, so you want to make sure you choose the right ones. If you are looking for something that is both beautiful and unique, you may want to consider quartz countertops. Engineered quartz is becoming more and more popular for use in kitchen countertops. It has much the same look and feel of granite with a few advantages.
What is Quartz
Quartz is a naturally occurring material that is readily available. In fact, it is the number one mineral found in the earth’s crust. It is extremely hard, ranking number 3 on the world’s hardest natural material scale. Quartz used in countertops is engineered quartz. It is made by combining natural quartz with a small amount of polymer resins. To achieve different colors and hues, pigments can be added to the mixture. Depending on the type of processes used during manufacturing, engineered quartz can have a fine or coarse texture. It can also be combined with reflective materials such as glass to create a finish that sparkles. The process used to manufacture engineered quartz was developed in Italy in the 1960s, but it only started appearing in European kitchen countertops during the last decade. In the United States, the use of engineered quartz for countertops is relatively new, but is quickly becoming a new trend. In fact, quartz countertops are currently enjoying a massive upswing in popularity.
Quartz Countertop Features
Engineered quartz is most often manufactured to imitate the look of granite, but it can be made to look like marble and limestone as well. It has a consistent appearance that is unmarred by imperfections. This makes it ideal for kitchen countertops since large single slabs are often required.
Quartz countertops have a whole list of benefits including the following:
- Hard and dense; resistant to chips and dings
- Easy to maintain (no resealing necessary)
- Heat and stain-resistant
While quartz may not have as many subtle color, texture and grain variations as granite, it is an appealing choice for countertops because of its availability in a variety of colors and patterns. This allows it to compliment any kitchen décor. If you are looking for materials for your kitchen countertops, consider engineered quartz. It can add a beautiful and unique look to your home. Talk to a certified professional today about having quartz countertops installed in your kitchen.