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6 Things You Should Know About Quartz Countertops

Updated on August 16, 2015

Should You get a Quartz Countertop?

Quartz countertops are a great addition to any kitchen. The material is super resilient and very colorful. Below are six things that you should know before you buy quartz countertops.

1. Quartz countertops are made from one of the hardest materials on earth

Quartz is an extremely hard mineral and for this it was used in the past to make jewelry as well as weapon tips. When making countertops, it is crashed and mixed with resin to give it different colors and designs. This does not compromise on the strength of the final product in any way. Quartz countertops are resilient and can withstand extreme force or sudden pressure without damage due to the hard nature of the material.

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2. Quartz countertops are available in many different colors

Quartz is originally clear, blue or milky white in color. During manufacture, the addition of resin allows for changes in color. This means that you can now buy quartz countertops in any color you wish. The resin is also used to make special patterns in the countertop material. This is done during mixing. An example of a common pattern is the rock vein patterns that is inspired by real ones seen in natural stone countertops.

3. Quartz countertops are waterproof

Quartz countertops do not allow any water or other liquid for that matter to pass through them. This is a great thing because liquid spills are inevitable occurrences in any kitchen. The waterproof nature makes it easy to clean without risk of dampening the surface which could lead to stain formation, mold growth or damage of the surface by making it weak. You don’t have to worry about this at all when you buy quartz countertops. This feature also allows you to fix sinks next to the countertop without any worries.

4. Quartz countertops are heat resistant

Quartz is a poor conductor of heat. This means that it neither looses nor gains heat when there is a temperature change around it. This is great as it allows you to use it as a serving surface without fearing that your hot sauce pan or cold ice tea jug will damage the quartz countertop. It is also great because it allows you to install ovens and cookers next to the countertop without risk of damage or injury to you as the user.

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5. Quartz countertops are manufactured not mined

Unlike most other countertop materials that are mined and used as they are to make countertops, quartz is manufactured. There are two main reasons why this is done. The first reason is because quartz occurs in small crystalline forms. It is not easy to find quartz in a large enough size to use directly as material for a countertop. The small pieces in which it is collected are crushed and processed to make large enough slabs for proper quartz countertops. The second reason why quartz countertops are manufactured not used directly from mines is so as to allow color and pattern modification. As described above, this is done by mixing with resin.

6. Quartz countertops are customizable

You can get countertops in any color and design that you wish even when they are not available in the shops yet. You will have to part with an extra coin for the customizing costs when you buy the quartz countertops. It is however a worthy investment in your journey towards your dream kitchen.

With these six amazing facts, there is no doubt that quartz counter tops are a worthy investment for your kitchen and even your bathroom.

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      VationSays 2 years ago

      Thanks for the upvote Wendi!

      Looking to help guide those trying to make a decision on what counter tops to buy.

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      Great information. Hopefully those who are looking at the difference between quartz and marble will see your article and learn something! :)

      -Wendi