There are several ways to change your kitchen dramatically, but perhaps none have the same impact as new countertops. In just one square foot, you’ll notice more of the countertops than anything else, aside from the walls and floor. When it comes to the surface you want, there are several materials to choose from, but there’s one that’s commanding a lot of attention these days: quartz.
Engineered quartz kitchen countertops contain 95% quartz, which is an inexpensive and abundant natural stone, making it ideal for homeowners who want high-quality countertops. Combine ground quartz with a binding agent and color pigments, and you get one of the most exquisite, durable engineered surfaces in the world. And, to boot, it’s environmentally friendly.
You may wonder why you should opt for quartz when granite is the standard and it costs about the same? Well, one reason is that quartz has a scorch and scratch resistant surface that ranks at #7 on the Mohs scale (used to classify the hardness in minerals). This makes your quartz kitchen countertops virtually indestructible.
Engineered quartz is non-porous, so it’s more difficult for mildew, mold and bacteria to grow. Some manufacturers mix an antimicrobial compound with the quartz to help fight germs. It won’t protect you from food-borne illnesses, so you still have to clean your quartz kitchen countertops, but it will provide an extra measure of sanitation.
At The Granite Guy, we offer new construction, installation, repair and replacement of granite, marble & quartz countertops in the Columbus, Ohio area. We work with homeowners and general contractors, and are accredited with the BBB. Contact us today for more information or to receive a quote.