Quartz Kitchen Countertops: A Quality Choice
There are several choices when selecting kitchen countertops. Sometimes, the choices can feel confusing or a bit overwhelming. Granite or quartz is a common question. We also know that there are a lot of things to consider within that choice. We want to help you make sense of it all.
Why Quartz Countertops?
Sometimes, trends dictate our decisions. This can be especially true for those with limited design background. Currently, quartz used for kitchen countertops is popular and beautiful, making it a great choice. Quartz surfaces add elegance to a space along with increased durability. Not only does quartz look great in just about any kitchen, it also adds value.
How is Quartz ‘Made’?
One of the major differences between quartz and granite is that a quartz countertops is man-made. Meaning, quartz is an engineered stone product. They are formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a naturally occurring hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This combination creates a hard granite-like surface. The appearance of the finished quartz countertop depends on how the quartz is ground. For instance, coarsely ground quartz yields a flecked appearance. A finely ground quartz will produce a smooth look.
Pros of Quartz Kitchen Countertops:
Because a quartz countertop is man-made, it allows for a wide variety of color choices. For instance, if you are pursuing an all-white kitchen, quartz is one of the only surfaces that will be available in all white.
Quartz kitchen countertops are easy to clean and to maintain. They are incredibly durable with a glossy shine and are also non-porous. This combination makes them difficult to stain or damage.
Things to Consider:
Unless you’re building a new home, you’ll want to consider your existing space. Finding a kitchen countertop to match your existing kitchen cabinets and flooring is much easier when selecting color ways from quartz.
Quartz’s impact to the environment is light to moderate. While there is an abundance of the mineral in the earth’s crust, the additives are primarily mined under toxic conditions. While that may sound discouraging, some major brands have been certified by GreenGuard as low emitting.
We Can Help
If you are considering quartz countertops, we can help. Make an appointment or swing by to see us. Our onsite interior designer, Jennifer, can help you decide if quartz is right for you and your space.