Making its way to the world of kitchens is the engineered Quartz countertop, hoping soon to replace granite. Reaching the top of the product market is not something that happens overnight, however Quartz countertop popularity is growing as it is seen in more and more homes and on television. Quartz-Couptertop website states that there are five reasons why Quartz will be the new Granite…
1.) Quartz Countertops Are Harder Than Granite
2.) Quartz Surfaces Stain Less Easily Than Granite
3.) You Can Still Place Hot Pots On Quartz Counters
4.) Quartz Countertops Hold Less Bacteria Than Granite Countertops
5.) Cleaning Quartz Surfaces Is A Cinch
Now lets talk about each one of these “hard facts”:
Number one, HGTV states that ”the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural Quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors. And for many of the homeowners choosing Quartz, those virtually unlimited color options are what sold them.”
Number two, the homeowners TV channel also stated that unlike other types of stone countertops, Quartz resists staining or corrosion from cooking oils, liquids and most household cleaning products. The great thing about this is that there is no need to do periodic resealing of the surface!
Number three, just like natural stone, Quartz surfaces are resistant to heat. However, any natural stone surface can be damaged by sudden and rapid change of temperature, especially near the edge of the surface. Therefore, the use of a hot pad or trivet is recommended.
Number four, Joe on HGVT claims, “These countertops are close to indestructible. They’re so durable that most manufacturers offer a warranty, something you won’t find with, say, granite. And quartz isn’t porous like other stone surfaces, so these countertops are much more sanitary in a home kitchen. You can keep them 99.9 percent bacteria-free.”
Number five, yes cleaning is a breeze with this type of surface! Just use a sponge and warm water, add a mild soap if desired. No polish will ever be necessary to maintain the high shine of this countertop surface.
So what do you think? Now that you know why Quartz is supperior to Granite, will this new trend make its way into your kitchen?