A countertop option that has been on the rise is quartz. You may even have seen a quartz countertop yourself but mistaken it for granite, as the two materials share a number of characteristics. The difference between the two is that while granite is mined from the earth directly and cut into slabs, quartz countertops are manufactured.
To make quartz countertops, ground quartz crystals are mixed with polyester resins to bind them together, as well as various pigments to colour the resulting stone. When quartz counters first appeared on the market, selection was more limited than that of granite or marble. Today however, quartz countertops are available in a multitude of colours and patterns that can be virtually indistinguishable from natural stone.
Compared to natural stone, quartz countertops offer greater flexibility in the layout of your kitchen or bathroom. This is because the resins in quartz counters allow cleaner cuts and seams, so two pieces can be joined together more easily. The resins also make quartz counters themselves more flexible, allowing it to be shaped into sinks or other curves.
Quartz countertops will give you all the advantages of granite, such as its durability and heat resistance, without the need to worry about maintaining the seal. Unlike granite, which needs to be re-sealed every year, quartz countertops will never need resealing. The resins in the material create a permanent seal that will keep it impervious to water and other liquid throughout its lifespan.
If you are in the market for new countertops, quartz makes an excellent choice for its design potential and its durability. Give us a call at Northern Granite Works to learn more about our quartz countertop options and installation policies.