Why Quartz Countertops Are Superior
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals you can find on earth. This natural mineral is wonderful for countertops. Many homeowners are replacing old laminate, granite, and marble countertops with quartz.
Quartz is naturally shimmery and beautiful. Granite is dull looking until the sealant is applied. Over time, the seal on a granite countertop will wear down. The luster of the material is then gone. Quartz countertops stay beautiful and don't have to be sealed.
Not only do quartz countertops offer you more pattern, texture, and color options than granite or marble, it's also more durable. Many people consider granite to be the strongest type of countertop you can get. However, quartz is denser and stronger.
Only the following minerals are harder than quartz:
Quartz Countertops Are More Durable Than Granite
Quartz is a highly dense material while granite contains from 40-60% quartz with weaker minerals mixed in. A denser material is less vulnerable to damage. Cambria® quartz countertops are 93% pure quartz. This makes them very durable, scratch resistant, and stain resistant. All-Star Remodeling & Design is a certified Cambria® dealer located in Kalamazoo. If you live in our service area and are interested in seeing a sample, give us a call.
Quartz Countertops Don't Harbor Bacteria
Quartz is a perfect material for countertops, especially in kitchens because it is non-porous and does not harbor bacteria. The denseness of the material keeps it from absorbing moisture and raw or leftover food. Other materials will allow bacteria to penetrate the surface, but not quartz.
Quartz Countertops Are Easy To Care For
You don't need to use chemicals on a quartz countertop, although diluted bleach won't harm it. To clean, just use a damp sponge or some water with a little soap. Quartz is also easier to maintain because it does not need to be sealed like marble or granite, which may need to be sealed up to twice every year.
Soapstone Countertops vs. Quartz
Soapstone countertops are quarried like granite. The material is made up of mineral talc with some quartz in it. Soapstone is soft and requires maintenance. It is not resistant to dents, scratches, or stains and the color darkens with age.As a certified Cambria® dealer, All-Star Remodeling & Design is the name to remember if you want to get the most from your Kalamazoo remodeling investment with quartz countertops.