Thinking about Quartz countertops for your new kitchen? Keep reading to learn more about everything you need to know about Quartz countertops.
How Are Quartz Countertops Made?
Quartz is a natural mineral that is found on the earth. The first step to making Quartz countertops is mining! To make Quartz countertops, raw materials are mixed up industrially. Usually, this mixture is comprised of about 90% Quartz and 10% resins, polymers, and pigments.
The type of pigments and other materials used might depend on what style/color Quartz countertops you ordered. After mixing, the mixture goes into a large mold. This helps shape the long, flat rectangles that make up your countertops. After this, it is smoothed out to ensure there are no gaps where air can enter the material.
After the mold is completed, a large machine is used to help cut slabs of countertops. The slabs are then dried and heated. Special attention is taken at this step to ensure everything is completely smooth. This leaves on a solid slab of the countertop.
After the Quartz is dried, heated, and finishing touches are made, the Quartz is ready to be cut for your custom kitchen measurements. A technician will come to take incredibly detailed measurements to ensure a perfect fit in your kitchen.
After final shaping, the Quartz countertops are hand-polished and inspected. The process is now complete! These countertops are ready to be placed in your kitchen. Though the process is quite lengthy, these Quartz countertops will withstand the test of time.
Advantages of Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are popular because of their superior durability. To begin with, Quartz is quite a stain-resistant material. This is because Quartz is a very non-porous material. Using materials that won’t stain is extra important, especially for avid cooks. The last thing you want is stained countertops!
Another great property of Quartz countertops is their longevity. Though it varies, most manufacturers provide a 10-to-15-year warranty on Quart countertops. Quartz countertops could last for as long as you have your kitchen!
Many homeowners also love the fact that their Quartz countertops require little maintenance. Unlike other materials used for kitchen countertops, Quartz countertops do not require sealing.
Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops
There are limited disadvantages to choosing Quartz countertops for your kitchen. It should be noted that Quartz countertops cannot be exposed to extreme temperatures. Most Quartz can handle up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
How much do Quartz Countertops Cost?
Natural Quartz has to be mined and go through all of the processes mentioned above, as such, the price is generally between $60 and $90 per square foot, including installation. While Quartz countertops are an investment, they provide great durability and longevity.
Quartz countertops offer a beautiful countertop material for your kitchen. In addition to their beauty, they are durable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting.
Interested in Quartz countertops for your kitchen? Visit Capitol Granite to get an estimate to help make your dream kitchen come true.