Quartz Surface Countertops

Quartz surface countertops can greatly beautify any room in your home. Quartz is an amazingly attractive and unique looking natural stone. Each slab looks different from the next, even if it came from the same quarry. But this amazing natural stone is also very strong and durable. It is perfect for the construction of quartz countertops. There are three different types of quartz surface countertops available to homeowners. First, it is available in its natural form. These big natural slabs offer inimitable beauty and strength. Second, man made quartz is produced that is even stronger than the natural form. Lastly, it is very commonly produced as tiles for usage on countertops.

Natural quartz surface countertops are very popular among homeowners and remodelers. They are extremely strong and hard, so they are perfect for usage on all types of countertops. It is one of the hardest natural substances on Earth so it can withstand almost anything. It is naturally scratch resistant so it can be used as chopping block or cutting board without putting anything down over it. And since the surface is non-porous it is highly water resistant. It does not need to be sealed, although it sometimes is for style reasons. Even an untreated slab could be used in a kitchen or bathroom environment without having any problems.

Natural quartz surface countertops come from all over the world. There are mines throughout the globe so no two quartz pieces are the same. In fact, even if slabs come from the same quarry, they will look different because of the natural blemishes and gem like qualities of the stone. Many people choose it because it looks natural and organic, yet exotic and expensive at the same time. The surface of each slab will add character to any room. It is available in endless tones and colors, so there is a lot of freedom in design when shopping for quartz countertops. Whether you are attracted to it because of its natural beauty or its strength and durability you will find that it is a great material for your countertops.

Man Made Alternatives

Man made quartz surface countertops are very popular options as well. Man made quartz surfaces are basically the same natural stone infused with chemicals and bonding agencies that make the material even stronger and more suitable to countertop usage. The technology and science behind this strengthening process is very complicated. What you need to know as a consumer is that it is usually more expensive per square foot, but it does have many advantages. Besides being even stronger and more durable, man made surfaces are available in more colors. They are often available in bright and loud colors that you usually would not expect from stone. But they still maintain their natural look and aesthetic qualities. This engineered stone is usually made up of at least ninety percent natural stone. The rest of the materials are the bonding chemical agencies that add strength and sometimes color. It is a great material for the construction of countertops.

Choosing Tile Counters

It is also possible to get tile quartz surface countertops. Quartz is manufactured as tiles for such construction. This is a more affordable option for those who still want the look of a natural stone in their home. The tiles come in various thickness and sizes, but they are usually quite thin yet large slabs. They are not used as structurally reinforcing pieces; they merely cover the existing countertop. Since the tiles need to be set with adhesives and grout they may not be as strong and durable as the natural stone slabs. Grout lines must be sealed and cleaned to preserve the qualities of the stone. And the tiles are produced larger to reduce the amount of grout needed. They are available in a variety of colors and sizes, so many people on a tighter budget choose tiles to reduce their costs.

No matter which option or style you choose for your quartz surface countertops, you will immediately start enjoying your surface. They are very easy to maintain and the surface can be cleaned quickly and easily without the use of expensive cleaners or chemicals. Quartz surface countertops will also greatly increase the value of your home. This is a great home improvement project to invest in if you are planning on selling your home in the near future.

If you plan on living in your home for years to come you should still consider quartz surface countertops. You can enjoy the convenient surface with minimal upkeep. You can have them installed by a licensed, insured, and bonded contractor at a reasonable price. The pieces are extremely heavy but they can be made to fit onto almost any surface or cabinet.

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