Is quartz stone a good option for a countertop compared to the materials below?
- Solid surface
- Stainless steel
- Porcelain Tiles
- High-pressure laminate (HPL)
- Sintered stone
The kitchen countertop is a high-usage area in a home, especially for a family that cooks often.
This article will discuss the advantages of using quartz stone for a countertop.
Quartz stones are surfaces made with quartz minerals, colouring, accessories, and pigments bound with resin. Even marble-like quartz surfaces are done with the same moulding.
Therefore, every piece of quartz stone by a manufacturer looks the same. The countertop installed in your kitchen will look like you saw in the supplier’s showroom.
Colour consistency is suitable for large-scale surfacing. For example, the flooring of 2000 square feet or wall cladding of 160 square feet will look consistent.
What is so exciting about colour consistency is some quartz stone colours offer book-match designs. That means there are left and right pieces that the veins could join together.
No Chip-off Anxiety
If you’ve been surveying stone for countertops recently. You might find a new engineered stone called sintered stone or porcelain slab.
Some sintered stones’ features are undoubtedly better than the quartz stone; for example, they resist higher heat up to 300 degrees Celsius. It looks more natural with its latest stone printing technology. The finish seems glossy and pleasing to the human eye. Resist UV rays, which could be used for outdoor applications.
As we used to say, there is no invulnerable stone on earth. Sintered stone also has a disadvantage. Knock or impact on weak point might chip the edging.
However, the quartz stone bound with resin does not have chip-off anxiety.
We know that diamond is the hardest mineral on earth that lasts decades. Quartz stone’s hardness with 2 levels lower, is also strong enough to last long.
It’s strong enough to resist scratches, chips, and cracks.
Although the quartz stone countertop can last long, it’s not indestructible. You still need to take care of it. For example: –
- Use a cutting board.
- Wipe up spills after you’re done cooking.
- Use trivets to protect against hot pans.
Because of the quartz stone’s strong characteristics, manufacturers and suppliers usually issue at least 10-year warranties against manufacturing defects and damage.
One of the most important benefits of a quartz stone countertop is it’s non-porous, meaning it won’t absorb liquids or stains.
The porous is too small for water to penetrate, not to mention all kinds of food colouring and spills.
Quartz stone countertops do not require sealing to resist stains.
Non-porous also helps the spills on the surface are easy to wipe off.
Although there are some disadvantages of quartz stone, quartz stone is by far the best stone material for kitchen tops, tabletops, vanity tops and other countertops.