One of the reasons people love granite, marble, or soapstone countertops is because they can take a hot pan from the oven and set it on the surface. Have you ever wondered if a quartz countertop can take the heat? If you are looking for a new countertop, and you are thinking about quartz, Arch City Granite wants you to have the information you need to make an informed decision.
When it comes to countertops, we mean business. We want to help you make the right choice for your kitchen, bathroom, and home. Here is everything you want to know about quartz countertops in Saint Peters.
Turning up the Heat
Quartz is resistant to heat, but if the temperature gets to too high, you can damage your quartz countertop. The reason is in the resin. A quartz countertop is an engineered surface. Natural quartz material is combined with a special resin (epoxy glue) to form a countertop. A quartz countertop is made up of nearly 93% quartz with the rest being the resin and pigments. The resin can only withstand temperatures of around 150 degrees. That means if you are taking a pan out of your oven or a hot pot from your stove, you cannot set it down directly on your quartz countertop. The resin will burn and may cause permanent damage. The way to avoid burning your countertop is simple. All you need to do is set hot objects on a hot pad or a metal trivet. This removes the risk of burning your countertop.
The Power of Engineered Stone
Quartz cannot take the heat of other surfaces, but that does not mean that a quartz countertop is weak. Quartz is tough. Geologists use a hardness index to gauge the hardness of geological materials called the Mohs hardness scale. The scale goes from soft materials, like talc at a 1 to hard materials like diamonds at a 10. Like granite stone, quartz ranks out around a 7. Quartz has been compared to granite in its durability. Quartz is highly scratch resistant, but it can and will scratch if you are determined. While quartz is great for any room inside of your house, it is not suitable for outdoor applications. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will eventually damage a quartz countertop. If you have an outdoor kitchen, you will want to go with a different surface.
While quartz might not be the best for outside use, you cannot go wrong with using it indoors. Quartz is highly stain resistant. In fact, quartz countertops are so dense that they do not require a sealant like granite and marble. Since there isn’t a seal coat, your quartz countertop will not need the maintenance like other surfaces. Marble and even granite need to have a new sealant added whenever the current one begins to wear out. Of course, in recent times, long lasting stone sealants have become available that may last 3 years or even more.
If you are looking for an extremely low maintenance surface, quartz is an excellent choice. While quartz is stain resistant, it is not a suitable work surface for painting or hobbies. There are solvents and paints that can stain a quartz countertop. However, under normal home use a quartz countertop will function perfectly.
Quartz is all About Selection
Since quartz is engineered with pigments and resins, you will find that the color selection is massive. You can find a quartz countertop in more colors and styles than any other surface. Quartz can be made to resemble granite or marble. If you have a specific surface color in mind, you will find it with quartz. When it comes to selection, there isn’t another surface that can compete with quartz. If you still have questions, we have all the information you need about quartz countertops in Saint Peters.
Arch City Granite
We work so that you can have the countertops that will make your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room become the space of your dreams. We specialize in all sorts of stone countertops. From marble and soapstone to granite, quartzite, quartz and everything in between, we have the countertops that will transform your home.
If you have questions, feel free to visit our showroom. We will help you make the right choice for your lifestyle. When you are looking for the best quartz countertops in Saint Peters, we have the skill and selection you need.
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