Quartz countertops in recent years have pushed past granite in the popularity contest. Granite was king for nearly 4 decades as the most desired countertop choice. A home for sale simply boasting granite countertops throughout the home suddenly made it irresistible to buyers.
However, quartz countertops have gained tremendous appeal among designers, builders and homeowners as more options and colors have become available. They can be made in many more colors than granite and being a manufactured natural stone, the variety of style, grain and look is unlimited.
The list of quartz countertops glowing virtues is long and impressive. This low maintenance option is nonporous and because of that, it is antimicrobial. The fact that bacteria can’t nestle in the miniscule holes like other porous stones is a huge bonus.
It is fairly heat resistant as well though trivets are recommended. Quartz is also heat resistant (though not heat proof like other stones so trivets should still be used), environmentally friendly, easy to clean, durable and above all, scratch resistant. The biggest question asked by those interested in quartz countertops is, “Do quartz countertops scratch easily?” Let’s first examine this countertop a little closer to better answer this question.
How quartz countertops are made
Quartz countertops are man made and also known as “engineered stone.” They are made of 96% natural quartz material that is ground very fine and then mixed together with 6-7% polyresin binding materials and pigments. The combination together creates a stone that incredibly strong and can withstand years of wear and tear on the kitchen.
Quartz stone is the 2nd most common substance on earth and due to its natural molecular structure, it is one of the hardest substances on earth. Once the crushed quartz and resin material are mixed together, it is poured into a slab, often with flecked quartz pieces added for beauty and character. Once finished, a glossy, smooth slab emerges and it can be cut to fit your kitchen and bathroom exactly.
Quartz countertops and scratches
Though quartz is not completely indestructible, this type of countertop is highly resistant to scratches. That does not mean they cannot happen because with a enough force, a scratch can appear but with normal, everyday use in the kitchen, scratching is unlikely due to the hardness and durability of this incredible stone. Just like other natural stone countertops, quartz can chip or scratch if it encounters extreme use and pressure. However, if scratches or chips appear, you can have them professionally filled in and repaired.
Overall, quartz countertops stand up to much wear and tear in the kitchen with little evidence. If you select quartz, you will not be disappointed as this sturdy stone looks fabulous for years and years with appropriate care. All these characteristics are big reasons why homeowners are consistently picking quartz countertops in recent years. They are a beautiful choice in your kitchen or bathroom.
So many colors to pick from in our showroom
Arch City Granite is pleased to offer the best selection in quartz countertops around. With so many colors and styles in quartz to pick from, it is uniquely a stone that can fit any kitchen style. Our staff at our St. Louis showroom is excited to help you choose the best stone, color and look to fit your kitchen and bathroom. There are so many options and with the ability to see and feel all the stone slabs we offer, you be able to envision them in your home easier. There is nothing more exciting than kitchen and bathroom counter upgrades, they provide an instant attraction and beauty unlike any other addition. Stop by Arch City Granite today to explore our selection, prices and brands.