If you aren’t really that up on countertop surfaces, when it comes to redecorating your kitchen, it’s easy to get confused; of course, when you get confused, it’s also very easy to make a mistake.
For this reason, checking out all your options ahead of time is vitally important, because that way you can make an informed decision, which won’t turn out to be a glaring error in the future.
One option you have in front of you is quartz.
Now, you will have seen a lot of quartz when shopping around and perhaps looking on redecoration forums, and that is because this is a very positive stone to go for, with many advantages. Quartz is of course a natural stone, i.e. it is mined from the earth’s surface, and that means it is strong and long-lasting. When you purchase a quartz countertop, you are receiving a stone slab that is around 93% natural, i.e. the percentage of stone included, and the remaining amount is simply resin, to give you the colour you want.
If you’re a little undecided, here are ten reasons why you should be going down the quartz countertop route.
- Quartz is strong and durable – We mentioned that quartz is a natural stone and because of that fact, it is very strong and hard-wearing.
- Quartz is non-porous – This means that the stone won’t absorb liquid, and it also won’t harbour germs or bacteria. You don’t need to regularly seal your countertop for this reason.
- Quartz doesn’t require any maintenance – Other than the cleaning you would normally do in your kitchen, quartz doesn’t require anything else doing to it after it has been installed.
- Quartz is heat resistant to a large degree – If you place a hot pan down onto the surface from time to time, this is not going to cause a huge issue.
- Quartz is scratch resistant to a large degree – Obviously, no stone on earth is 100% scratch resistant, but quartz doesn’t scratch easily.
- Quartz is available in a huge number of different colours, patterns, and finishes – The biggest decision will be which one to go for!
- Quartz is cost-effective – If you shop around, you can find fantastic deals on your countertop, including the cost of installation.
- Quartz is a flexible option to go for – Because of the large number of shades available, you can easily fit this type of countertop into your space, and you can re-decorate around it.
- Quartz countertops have great warranties if you buy from a big named brand – Check out which supplier to go for, but you will generally receive a long warranty, which gives you peace of mind.
- Quartz basically looks fantastic! – Yes, granite and marble are all great in their own right, but the fact remains that quartz looks the part, and it is serviceable too.
Have these ten reasons converted you towards quartz for your new kitchen countertop? Remember to shop around for the best deals, and always check out colours in person, to see how they react to natural and artificial lights. Stick to neutral or flexible colours, and that way you will be able to decorate around your countertop in the future, without having to replace it early because the colour doesn’t go with your new décor.
When redecorating your kitchen, you need to put serious thought and consideration into how it is all going to fall into place. You don’t want to make a costly decision at this stage, and have to replace anything far too soon, because a) you are wasting time, and b) you are wasting money.
One of the most expensive and most important purchases for your new kitchen is your worktop. What colour will you go for? What style will you go for? What material will you go for?
One of the most popular choices in terms of quartz stone countertop material is without a doubt quartz.
Quartz is a naturally occurring stone, mined from the earth, and for that reason it is widely available at great prices. Of course, you have two other main choices to check out too, namely marble or granite, but if you are thinking down the route of quartz, here are eight benefits that could come your way.
- Quartz is a non-porous stone
Basically this means that your countertop is not going to absorb liquids or dirty germs. This means that it won’t be prone to cracking or lifting, and also that it is a much more hygienic choice as a result. If you have children, the elderly, or anyone with a lower immune system in the house, this is a major plus point.
- It is heat resistant to a large degree
Whilst nothing is 100% heat resistant, quartz offers quite a large amount of protection. Hot pans can be placed down on the quartz surface without major worry, however just to be sure, if you are leaving them there for a while or doing this regularly, you could invest in some attractive heat resistant mats to go with your surface, simply to prolong its life a little more.
- Quartz is stain resistant
There are many substances within the kitchen which can stain and damage your new countertop, and when you have paid hard-earned cash for it, this is not something you want to happen. Quartz is extremely stain resistant, so if you accidentally spill red wine, vinegar, or lemon juice, for example, you don’t have to panic about it marking your surface. Obviously, wipe it up as soon as it happens, but overall, you don’t have any concerns here.
- No maintenance required
Following the initial installation, you don’t have to worry about needing to regularly maintain or seal your countertop. Obviously you will need to clean it as you would normally, but compared to other stones, such as granite or marble, you won’t have to seal it annually.
- Quartz is easy to clean
Avoid anything abrasive or too harsh, but overall you can clean marble very easily, without having to worry about any damage at the end of it.
- A large range of different colours and patterns are available
Quartz is available in countless different colours and patterns, which means you can choose something to go with your current or new décor quite easily. It’s always a good idea to choose something quite neutral, so you can be sure it is going to fit in with any changes you make in the future.
- Cost effective
The widely available nature of quartz means that costs are often lower than some other stones, such as marble, for example.
- Warranties available from large manufacturers
You can purchase quality quartz stone countertops from several large brand named manufacturers, and these will come with a warranty. Obviously, this gives you peace of mind.