Quartz Counters Are Today’s Best Option for Your Consideration
Low Maintenance and Anti-Microbial are two major benefits of Quartz which jumps out to me being a practical designer of kitchens. Never having to seal your counters nor worry about nasty germs and bacterial hiding within the surface saves you time, money and is better for your health.
Yes, Quartz is at a higher price point initially. The long term cost factor far out performs many other options in today’s market.
A few extra dollars upfront provides you copious years of use and enjoyment. Factor in the wonderful resale value if and when you place your home on the market.
You really have yourself a winner with Quartz Counters.
How Quartz Counters Are Made
Quartz Counter tops are a manufactured stone product which utilizes one of the hardest minerals on earth, which is quartz.
Quartz is crystallized silicon dioxide (SiO2), this mineral can either be imported from Brazil or be mined from the ‘quartz belt’ in Arkansas.
In 1812, Friedrich Mohs created the Mohs scale that ranked mineral hardness on a scale from 1 to 10. Talc being the softest at 1 and Diamond being the hardest at 10. Quartz proudly comes in with a hardness ranking of 7.
A quartz counter top will be comprised of 93-94 percent quartz with a 6-7% polymer resin binder and pigments.
The resins and binders bond with the quartz in the manufacturing process that results in a non-porous finished product. Thus, making a quartz counter top antimicrobial leaving stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew unable to penetrate the surface.
A quartz counter top never needs sealing like natural stone or wood counters and all that you need to clean a quartz counter top is warm soapy water. Rinse clean with a wet rag and towel dry to have your counter top look just like the day it was installed in your home!
If there is ever tough dried food matter a gentle cleaner is all that is required.
Not only are quartz counter tops one of the more durable counter top options you can choose for your kitchen it also has a vast variety of color options.
It truly is amazing how close to ‘real stone’ that quartz counters can be. While mimicking the real stone in looks, being manufactured allows for the addition of pigments, flecks, glass and dyes that can end up with jaw dropping results.
The boundaries of these counter tops are expanded and pushed directly through competition. While the manufacturing process is virtually the same for each manufacturer…this is due to Sir Marcello Toncelli having the vision to patent the machine that resides worldwide in over 60 manufacturing plants.
The competition in the quartz counter top industry constantly pushes each brand’s creativity to in development of new colors, lines and styles!
The combinations of materials are unique to each individual producer listed below.
- Radianz line by Samsung
- Viatera line by LG manufactured in Adairsville, Georgia
- Zodiaq by Dupont manufactured in DuPont’s Granirex plant in Thetford Mine, Canada,
- Quartz Design Trends
With quartz counter tops coming in a wide variety of colors and patterns – there should be a choice available to compliment your design.
A popular feature trending is the ‘waterfall’ island, where the quartz is used for the counter top surface and one or more sides of the island. Fabricators create a ‘flow’ effect by keeping the pattern of the quartz consistent at the corner of the top and side resulting in a waterfall appearance.