Countertops can be one of the most important facets of your home in terms of both appearance and usability. Whether they are being installed in your bathrooms, your kitchen or otherwise, their ability to withstand regular wear and tear will add to the value of your property and leave a good impression on your guests.
That being said, selecting the right material to construct your countertops is critical to their longevity. And, as tests by Breton Spa in Italy have proven, man-made quartz surfaces perform outstandingly next to other countertop materials in several departments. Its engineering process combines ground quartz (one of earth’s most abundant minerals,) resins, polymers and pigments to produce a stone that is essentially a composite of many of the best qualities of each countertop material.
1. Scratch Resistant
Compared to granite, laminate and solid surfaces, quartz countertops are extremely durable and more resistant to scratches and dents—meaning it will be less likely to chip if items are accidentally dropped on it, and its appearance will maintain its characteristic brilliance. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible.
2. Low Maintenance
Quartz surfaces do not require much upkeep; because of their manufacturing process (having been engineered to perfection in a factory,) quartz countertops are very easy to clean and preserve requiring only water, soap and a soft washcloth for cleanup. They also resist stains or corrosion from cooking oils, cleaning products and liquid.
3. Mold & Mildew Resistant
Similarly, the nonporous construction of quartz countertops leaves no room whatsoever for mold or mildew to form—a common pain for many homeowners in several aspects of their house. Moreover, they do not require to be sealed or resealed.
4. Flexural Strength
Similar to its scratch resistance, quartz countertops possess far more flexural strength and are impressively durable next to other materials—especially when compared to granite, likely its closest competitor—accounting for their recent popularity. In addition, you can customize the edges of the countertop to your liking.
5. Color Consistency
Quartz surfaces are among the most visually dazzling available on the market, showcasing outstanding definition and—also thanks to their engineering process—an almost endless variety of colors available to choose from. And, as the material has been perfected, manufacturers can now emulate the patterns, swirls and subtleties of other stone materials, making quartz nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
6. Immunity to Freeze
Quartz, like granite, is immune to freezing and thawing—withstanding dropping temperatures to ensure countertops uphold their appearance in winter months.
To learn more about how quartz holds up against other countertop materials, view the infographic below: