In the 1960s and 1970s, it was all about Formica™. Everyone had Formica countertops in their kitchens, often in wild colors and designs. In some parts of the country, tile countertops were all the rage for a while, too. But as we made our way into the 90s and the new millennium, granite took center stage. Anyone who was responsible for designing kitchens knew that the homeowner looking for the best of the best would want granite countertops for their new or remodeled kitchen.
Recently, however, quartz countertops have become the popular choice, soaring above granite in the favorites category. However, some homeowners still aren’t sold on these lovely countertops because they’re concerned about durability. For example, many wonder if quartz countertops scratch easily and, if so, what it will take to maintain them, so they remain looking good as new.
First, let’s learn a little more about quartz countertops.
Though quartz is a natural stone, quartz countertops are man-made. In the home remodeling realm, this is referred to as “engineered stone.” In order to make them super durable, about 93-96 percent natural quartz stone is mixed with pigments and a polyresin binding material. This combination results in material that can last for years and years. But even before it’s mixed, it’s important to know that quartz is one of the hardest substances found on the earth.
To create an even more beautiful appearance, once the mixture is poured into a slab, flecked quartz pieces are added for extra shine and shimmer. When the slab has set, it is removed from its mold and can then be cut to fit your needs.
While no countertop is completely indestructible, those designing kitchens of today know that the quartz variety are pretty darn strong. With normal, everyday use, quartz countertops should not scratch because of the hardness and durability of the material. Chips or scratches normally only appear with extreme pressure or misuse. If that happens, a kitchen countertop professional can repair the problem. However, it’s unlikely that this will be an issue.
Other qualities include the fact that these countertops are non-porous. That’s why those designing kitchens for families and others concerned about germs often choose quartz. Since they’re non-porous, that also makes them anti-microbial, a quality that is ideal for the kitchen, where germs can so easily gather. Non-porous means that bacteria can’t make its way into tiny holes, like it does with stones that are porous.
Choosing quartz brings other perks as well. It’s heat resistant (you still need to use potholders or trivets) and is super easy to clean. Both those qualities mean it’s right for a busy kitchen where cooking, eating, and entertaining happen on a regular basis. Stains also don’t happen easily, which is another reason that those designing kitchens for busy families often suggest quartz countertops these days.
Because quartz is durable, non-porous, heat resistant, and rarely scratches, it’s a wise choice for those who are thinking ahead to selling their home within the next five years or so. Designing kitchens with quartz countertops means owners get a good return on investment when they sell, simply because these countertops are so desirable. No one wants a kitchen with laminate countertops in 2022 and most buyers will feel the need to make upgrades if they do buy a house with a kitchen that includes laminate. So, if the quartz is already present, it’s a plus for the buyer.
At KCR, we’re well-versed in the perks of including quartz countertops in the plan when you’re designing the kitchen of your dreams. We can chat with you about how to choose the right color and design to match your cabinets and other elements and how to fit quartz into your kitchen remodel budget. Call us or visit our website at https://kitchencabinetrefacing.com/ to learn more about the benefits of quartz countertops for your kitchen remodel.