A quartz countertop can be a beautiful addition to your kitchen design. Available in varying shades of white and gray, quartz has a natural beauty and resilience that makes it increasingly popular as a building material. If you’re considering it for your kitchen, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
A Basic Guide to Quartz Countertops
How durable is quartz?
Quartz is even more durable than stone or marble because man-made polymer is combined with a large proportion of natural stone. This results in a tough surface that’s difficult to crack or chip without needing yearly sealing treatment like granite. Warranties tend to cover the first 10 or 15 years of life, and with a little care, you can expect your countertop to last much longer.
How do I protect the countertop?
Quartz does have two weaknesses to watch for. First, it’s vulnerable to heat, so always use a hot pad or trivet between the countertop and hot items. Second, while it’s mostly resistant to staining, it can sometimes develop ring stains when a wet glass is set on it. It may also be etched by harsh cleaners.
Use coasters or wipe up wet rings immediately. For regular cleaning, use simple water and mild dish soap while avoiding bleach and abrasive cleaners.
Can it be repaired?
If your countertop does get stained or chipped, it can be repaired, usually by buffing out the flaw. Large chips may not be repairable, however. Avoid hitting your countertop with force, especially at the edges and corners, and the chances of needing repairs will be minimal.
What options are available?
Because quartz is manufactured, the color options are more consistent than those found in granite or marble. This means you’ll get very close to the shade of white or gray you asked for to match your kitchen design. There is still some attractive, natural variation, however. You can get seamless slabs for smaller kitchens if desired, and if you don’t like touching a cold counter, there are heating options available to warm the surface.
For quartz countertops to upgrade your kitchen design, visit Huber Lumber in Cincinnati, OH. Serving Hamilton County and beyond, they have over 110 years of combined experience and are committed to providing quality products and specific, useful advice. To arrange a visit to your site for a materials estimate, call (513) 731-4035 today. Browse their products by visiting their website.