For decades, the trend in counter tops has been moving in one direction: Granite. If your friends bought a new house or remodeled their kitchen you’d hear, “And it has granite countertops!” For many years that has been the ultimate upgrade.
Granite has been king in the countertop industry and while it is still the most popular choice, there is a new kid in town that is challenging granite’s place in the popularity contest. Quartz is the fastest growing segment in countertops. The hippest, trending kitchens in the last few years flaunt gorgeous quartz countertops. Also known as engineered stone, quartz can be made in nearly any color to fit your décor perfectly.
Let’s explain quartz countertops
This type of countertop might be confusing because it falls under the “stone countertop” category, but how can stone be blue or red or green? It is because quartz is man-made but uses natural materials. Quartz is made by combining 93% ground quartz crystal and binding them together with 7% poly-resin and color, it is then poured into slabs. The colors vary from the neutral greys, browns and whites to the vibrant red, yellow, blue, green, orange and other similar colors. In its early days, quartz was only available in solid colors with very little variation. In the last few years the technology has evolved to mimic the look of marble or granite with veining and natural stone patterns. So, whether you want that natural, organic style or a colorful, more modern look, it can be achieved with beautiful quartz countertops.
Durability unmatched from any other stone
One of quartz’s finest qualities is its durability. Quartz countertops are scratch resistant and very low maintenance. Quartz can have the look of marble but won’t etch, scratch or stain like marble can. It can also be made to appear like granite, yet it does not need to be sealed like granite and marble do because quartz is non-porous.
One of the qualities of a natural stone is that it has small pores. It is possible to stain natural stones if they are not properly sealed or treated. Quartz countertops will never need this type of care. This is a very attractive feature to homeowners. Remembering to seal your countertops every few years can be quite a pain. Forgetting to seal them altogether could lead to disaster. Quartz countertops are less stress, less hassle and will continue to look gorgeous for years to come with little or no maintenance.
Created in all textures to match your style
Quartz does not just come in one finish. Quartz has flexible finish choices. If you like soapstone with its soft, silky finish, you can get that with quartz as well. It can be polished or be made with a smooth, matte finish. The reason quartz is gaining acclaim and popularity is because of its flexibility of style and color and its superior durability.
Arch City Granite for the best quartz selection
At Arch City Granite, we are excited to help you with all your stone countertop needs. Our expertise in all things stone will help you in selecting the perfect countertop for your home or business. For the latest selections, please stop by our store where we have a fantastic selection of both natural stone and quartz. Our counter top experts look forward to assisting you with your selections and helping your dream kitchen become a reality.