What are the Benefits of Using a Quartz Countertop in Your Kitchen?
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Engineered Quartz is a tempting alternative to granite and marble as a kitchen countertop material. As a matter of fact, it’s demand continues to rise over recent years. Thanks to advancing technology, the product continues to improve in terms of quality and appearance. As such, quartz slabs today are more durable than ever. Furthermore, they require minimal upkeep, unlike natural stones.
If you are curious to know more about the stone, here’s a list of FAQs about Engineered Quartz:
A relative newcomer to the stone industry, Engineered Quartz is consists of ninety-three percent (93%) stone aggregates and seven percent (7%) polyester resin. These components are pressed into slabs using highly advanced machinery. Under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure, they make up an incredibly dense, non-porous surface.
Hence, unlike natural stones in general, Engineered Quartz does not require any sealing- ever.
Engineered Quartz surfaces come in a broad spectrum of different color and pattern combinations, some of which emulate the appearance of natural stones. Hence, it is sometimes referred to as "synthetic granite" or "synthetic marble" by some countertop suppliers here in the Philippines. Whether your kitchen requires warm earth tones or deep red and crisp white surfaces, you will always find one available.
Also, the material offers a consistent appearance throughout its entire surface. It achieves a controlled blend of color, pattern, and texture. It has the consistency which is impossible to find in any granite tile or marble slab. Thus, you can expect that the sample you will receive will be the same as the one for your project.
Furthermore, the edges of engineered quartz can be custom-fabricated similar to natural stone. Choose from a variety of designs, such as "eased," "bevel," and "bullnose," for your quartz countertop to match your kitchen's interior.
The material addresses the limitations of natural stone countertops (e.g., the softness of marble, the porosity of granite, etc.). This does not mean, however, that it is a better product compared to other materials. Despite its many advantages, it has some drawbacks as well.
Much like natural stone slabs, seams on quartz countertops are evident. Although it is not as far visible as the seams in granite or marble applications, it is not as inconspicuous as the seams in solid surfaces either.
Moreover, prolonged exposure to heat OR any direct contact with acidic or alkaline solutions can damage its surface. Direct sunlight may also cause quartz to "yellow."
Here in the Philippines, a quartz slab costs between Php5,000 to Php12,000 per square meter. The price depends on the stone's brand, quality, dimension, and thickness. On average, plain and speckled slabs cost lower those which have marble-like patterns. Furthermore, expect to shell out more cash for branded slabs, such as Cambria and Caesarstone.
In terms of cost, compared to natural stones, quartz is typically more expensive than granite. On the other hand, it is equal or sometimes more affordable than marble (depending on the color and grade).
Given these pros and cons, if you have set your mind on quartz, it is essential to know that it should be correctly installed only by an experienced professional. After all, who would want to pay for an expensive material just to be ruined by poor craft?