Gray Quartz Countertops with White Cabinets
The newest material for kitchen countertops is Quartz.
This material is a combination of natural materials with advanced technology or other materials, namely fabricated/engineered stone.
The advantage of this quartz is that this material is resistant to mildew and scratches, and maintenance is also very easy.
Quartz kitchen countertops can be engineered in appearance. This material is resistant to scratches, heat, and impact.
Also available in various colors and patterns. It is a combination of minerals, colors, and resins.
Its appearance looks like granite.
The superiority of this material, although it looks like natural stone, does not need maintenance. You don’t have to worry about hot pots, serrated knives, and spilled stains.
On the downside, the edges and corners are like granite. It is advisable to use a blunt tip.
Quartz has some similarities to granite in that it is hard and durable, but it also has some important advantages over natural stone.
Natural stone is porous and prone to staining if it is not sealed regularly and properly. Engineering stone is made from 93% natural stone and 7% resin and polymers. As a result, it repels stains because it is completely non-porous.
Quartz is also more flexible than natural stone and is more resistant to scratches and chips.
However, unlike natural stone, quartz is not heat resistant, so you will need to use a substrate before placing hot pots or pans on the counter.
Quartz countertops are remarkably consistent across manufacturers. Decision making really depends on color, finish, and availability details.
To help you decide which one is right for you, here is a list of the ten most popular quartz countertops among homeowners and designers.
Quartz countertops also have their downsides and benefits that go along with them;
1. Quartz countertops are as strong as granite, but they have the added benefit of being more flexible, making them less prone to cracking or chipping.
2. Quartz is non-porous and does not need any sealing. These stones provide a virtually maintenance-free kitchen work surface.
3. While it is extremely durable, it cannot be considered indestructible. It’s stain-resistant, so dropping a glass of wine requires a quick cleanup.
4. One downside to be aware of is that quartz can change color over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If part of your meter receives strong UV rays from the sun while another part is not exposed, you may notice a difference in color over time.
5. You can expect to see seams with a quartz counter, but they will be less noticeable if you choose a darker board.
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