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Pros & Cons Of Quartz Countertops

Renotalk.com logo Renotalk.com 7/6/2018 Caius Cecil Frankie

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There’s a million things to be said about the pros and cons of Quartz countertops. Some praise its virtues as if they were thephysical manifestation of everything right the world of kitchen decoration andbar tops. However, there are misconceptions that will convince a person to walkaway just at the sight of the material.

Well, with marketing and business propaganda aside,the truth, as always, is somewhere in between. Whether it’s quartz, granite or solid surfaces, choosing the right material depends on your aestheticpreferences and lifestyle, so it’s prudent to understand both the ups anddowns” [Get countertop market price here]

 

THE PROS

Although its name might lead you to think of natural stone,the quartz inthe decorative stone industry is really an engineered composite. It’s acombination of a high percentage of crushed quartz (about 90 to 94 percent)with a binding polymer resin to create a hybrid material that has been the bestof both natural stone and synthetics (e.g. solid surface, laminates) for over adecade already. With that in mind, let’s explore the primary pros and cons of quartz countertops:

 

1. NON-POROUS

Unlike natural stones that has microscopic pores overits entire surface, the polymer resin in between the crushed quartz bits evenlyfill out the gaps of the surface. This contributes towards the durabilityaspect of quartz countertops being very resistant to stains, liquids and pigmentation.This makes cleaning a quartz surface less of a chore as any mess or spillssimply glide off the surface with ease.

More importantly, however, is that non-porous quartz countertops are highly antimicrobial, a desirable characteristicwhere hygiene is of concern. Without microscopic gaps or spaces on the surfaceof the material for microorganisms to latch on to, it significantly inhibitstheir ability to grow and form colonies.

Many common bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus,which you can find living on your own skin even, produce dangerous toxins thatare difficult to destroy. Therefore, it is DEFINITELY recommended that you notlet them breed in the first place.

Worst case scenario however, pores can trap liquids inbetween solid surfaces – making it the perfect place for many commontypes of bacteria to start building biofilms. Biofilms protect the bacteria andcan make getting rid of them a million times harder than it should have been.

 

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2. HEAT-RESISTANT

Compared to other synthetic-based options, such assolid surface and laminate, quartz will not bend and warp if it were to come intocontact with hot objects. It can withstand heat up to roughly 204 degrees Celsius.In addition to that, burn marks on quartz countertops can be removed by sandingdown the surface. Solid surfaces or laminated countertops, however, would’vepopped and sizzled into an unsalvageable mess and must be replaced if exposedto extremely high temperatures.

 

3. SCRATCH RESISTANT

Having its build composed almost entirely of hardquartz mineral, quartz countertops will blunt knives and other sharp metalobjects before it would suffer from surface damage. But while the resin is stillsoft and susceptible, very little of it is exposed on the surface, and isunlikely to scratch except in the most severe worst case scenarios. Still, it’sfar more durable compared to solid surface countertops, which scratch and gets cuteasily.

 

4. IMPACT RESISTANT

Quartz countertops can absorb substantial impacts and exhibitgreater durability to cracking compared to granite, thanks to the polymer resingranting compressibility in between the crushed quartz. Flexible and elastic,the resin serves as shock absorbers that disperses the energy from an impactevenly before it reaches the hard but brittle stone – it’s the same physicsconcept seen in Kevlar that makes it so resistant to high-speed projectiles.

In addition, the granules of crushed quartz in theflexible resin polymer matrix provides even more tolerance that further helpsdisperse high kinetic absorption which would otherwise be destructive to thesurface.

 

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THE CONS

If there is one often recurring theme in the world, it’sthe balance of positive aspects and negative aspects. With the polymer resinfilling in quartz countertops contributes to many of its advantages, it’s alsoone of the main cause of its disadvantages. Some of which, we’ve listed below:

 

1. EXPENSIVE

Probably the first thing anyone in the world wouldnotice is the price tag. Costing 18% less than granite on average, and 54% moreexpensive than solid surfaces or 270% more than laminate, quartz countertops canbe very demanding for your bank account. Nevertheless, its durability, ease ofmaintenance and hygienic benefits more than makes up for its price.

 

2. NOT SUITED FOR OUTDOOR USE.

Although great for your kitchen, quartz countertopsaren’t the best choice for the great outdoors. Prolonged exposure to theelements will fade the material out quicker as the polymer resin and its colorpigments react to constant sunlight and chemicals in the rain and air.

It is also more likely to get scratched due to thepresence of outdoor activities and the general harshness of physical treatmentpeople will give it because they’re outside. While that isn’t to say thatquartz cannot be used outdoors, there are simply better options to choose from,such as granite, stainless steel or even concrete due to their ease ofreplacement and lower price tag.

 

3. NOT PERFECTLY HEAT RESISTANT.

While it will not melt and warp like solid surfaces countertops would, placing a hot object directly on quartzis probably one of the worse ways to treat your countertop. Using a pad ortrivet will completely circumvent this thermal concern, but there are timeswhen you might just forget to use them by accident.

 

CONCLUSION

There are many pros and cons for all the countertopmaterials. Stone Amperor has an instant price checker that lets you know theindustrial price of a countertop, click here.If you have any more inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us

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