Quartz Countertop’s Pros and Cons
A quartz countertop is one of the best kinds of kitchen tops to have. The edges can even be customized accordingly so it can have a very unique look with it. There are lot so of pro’s and cons with having it.
It’s durable! You can easily use this in the kitchen and not have to worry about possibly scratches showing up. When children and just friends over, means that they might be using the counter top. The unexpected can happen and accidents. Someone could accidently spill their cup on it. If anything does you’ll find that it is highly resistant to stains and scratches. You can breathe and not have to worry about anything.
It's "green"! Anthony Gilbreath writes in his book The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home: Caelus Green Guide Series
"Quartz-surfacing countertops - are made of 93% crushed quartz blended with color pigments and plastic resins. Since quartz is the most common mineral on the earth' crust, if soarced locally, in most cases it will be a greener choice then stone."
The quartz countert does require some maintenance. It needs to be sealed. Just remember that all stone benchtops must have maintenance done at some point but the maintenance with the quartz benchtops is very low key which is another good thing about it. You actually do not have to seal all quartz counters either. Some do not require any maintenance at all. When you have to clean it; use a cleaner that is non-abrasive. Never use bleach and avoid even putting a beach bottle container on it. In order to really help protect it so that you won’t have to worry about maintenance as much, use coasters on it and hot pads. This helps to add extra protection.
There’s a variety of colors and brands available with the quartz countertop. The reason why is because when the grounding process starts to happen color pigments get added in from a mixture with the ground quartz and with the bonding agents. Therefore, you can have a lot of unique looking colors to choose from. The characteristics of a color that you end up getting might all depend as to the colors that match your room that the counter top will be in.
A quartz countertop is almost like the Zodiaq® one. They can also be just as durable. They have a lot of depth to them. Zodiaq® is made with using 93% of quartz crystals and combines it with polymers.
Another choice is the Cambria. Now with the Cambria top you won’t need to do any maintenance with it, which is why some people might like to use this one more if they don’t want to keep up with the maintenance of the quartz-surfacing counters. This kind of tops is resistant to stains.
The Ikea countertop is most known for its top notch quality. There’s a variety of styles and designs available with it. You can even find that glass styles available with the Ikea that you won’t find available with other kinds of benchtops. You can buy unique Ikea counters throughout your house and all of them can be different with their style and design.
The Viatera counter top is the newest one. The Viatera is 93% natural with quartz. It’s very durable. The one thing that is different with the Viatera is that topical sealing is not needed. Its beauty can last for a very long time with little maintenance required.
Just like with all of the counters that I mentioned above the quartz countertop has a variety of colors that you can pick from. The most popular colors would be black and white. However, you can find red, green, ivory, mahogany, pearl, brown and many others. Some of the names for the colors tend to be interesting and exotic sounding like Black Dragon, which is part of the Galactic series. Another unique color name is the Stellar Fire which is part of the stellar series.
The price of quartz countertops vary and sometimes the price is done per square foot. There’s also a installation fee unless if you are planning on installing it yourself. The price per square foot can range anywhere from $50 to $100 depending on the style and design. Which means it can be anywhere from $1000 and above to even $6000 and higher depending on the square foot and sometimes it can even be under $500 if it’s for a very small area. If you’re on a limited budget it’s good to do a detailed research before buying one because you can find discounted quartz-surfacing counters online that you cannot find in stores. Read more about quartz countertops prices