Did you know the countertop industry is set to reach over $110 billion by 2027?
In such a huge industry, there are bound to be a lot of options, and it’s important to know what all of yours are. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or updating your bathroom, quartz countertops are a great option — especially with so many designs to choose from.
While quartz is a popular option, though, not many people seem to know about its true origins. We’re here to take you through that and all the biggest benefits of choosing quartz.
Read on for your ultimate guide.
What Is Quartz?
Quartz home countertops are engineered using a combination of 10 percent polymeric or cement-based binder and around 90 percent ground granite, natural stone, or marble. It can also be made with recycled wastes like ceramic, silica, glass, mirrors, and similar materials.
Quartz countertops are going to have some actual quartz in them, but the amount is going to differ from one brand to the other.
How Are They Made?
How these countertop materials are made is going to vary, but they’re all made using the same method. All of the components used are pressed into slabs, and then, using a lot of pressure, vibrations, and even a vacuum, they come out a dense, non-porous surface that’s great for residential countertops.
It’s also easy to add pigment during the manufacturing process, making it perfect for finding pretty much any option you want.
Benefits of Quartz
While customization is a big benefit of quartz, there are even more to consider. Here are a few of the biggest.
Few or No Imperfections
Overall, installers have an easier time with quartz than with natural materials like granite. Since granite is pulled directly from the earth, cut into slabs, and then installed, there are imperfections to be expected in the product.
Quartz is man-made, so you can expect fewer imperfections in the product, and it’s going to be overall easier to install.
Unlike natural stone or wood countertop materials, quartz doesn’t have to be sealed. All it really takes to keep this surface clean is soapy water and a rag (though you can buy specialty products). If you have surface stains or tough-to-clean spots, you can use a gentle cleansing scrub.
It’s best to avoid things like harsh chemicals and scouring pads, though, as these can both dull its shine and eat at the bonds between the quartz and resin.
It’s also antimicrobial because of the resin binders that make the countertop. The material is non-porous, which makes it hard for bacteria, mold, mildew, and other odor-causing materials to seep through.
Quartz itself is an extremely durable material, and it’s resistant to things like heat, stains, damage, and other damaging factors. While you shouldn’t place boiling pots or pans on your countertop, you can place hotter materials on this surface than you could with laminate.
A lot of manufacturers say anything that immediate temperature changes can crack your counter, though, so it’s smart to always use a hot pad when you’re cooking.
Buying Quartz Countertops
The buying process for quartz counters also isn’t that difficult. In fact, the hardest part might just be picking out which countertop you want.
1. Compare and Select
The first step is comparing prices and selecting the brand you’d like to go with. Some brands are only going to be sold through box stores, while others you’ll be able to get at a locally-owned showroom. Visiting a showroom when you can is a great choice to make because you’ll be able to see the different options in person, and sometimes you’ll be able to select the exact countertop you want.
2. Set Up Appointments
Next, you’re going to set up an appointment with a fabricator to come out and have your counters measured. They’ll take the dimensions of your counters, and they’ll also mark off the spots they need to cut out for appliances and for fixtures.
3. Get Quotes, Place Your Order
Those measurements are going to help the fabricator understand how much material you’ll need, the edge profile, cutout details, and the number of slabs you’ll need for installation. They’ll be able to factor in labor costs and give you an accurate estimate.
From there, you’re all set to get your quote and make an order.
A lot of companies offer free quotes for countertop installation, so it’s smart to set up at least three quotes so you can consider all your options.
4. Time to Cut
Once you have your estimate and you’ve committed to a specific installation service, it’s time to wait for your counters to be cut and assembled for delivery. This step usually takes about a week.
After that, they’ll call you to set up an installation appointment and new countertops will be yours in no time!
Are Quartz Countertops Right for You?
Now that we’ve gone over a few of the basics, are you ready to decide whether or not quartz countertops are right for you? These countertops are great for any area of your home, and they offer a unique style to any space they’re placed in. You’re gaining the look of natural stone, but with the benefits of recycled materials and sometimes a lower price tag.
To get started with designing your perfect space, you can check out the rest of our blog for tips and tricks. This guide to creating the perfect color scheme for your bathroom is the perfect place to start.