Quartz worktops have become the fastest growing and most popular type of solid kitchen worktop today, with a significant number of new homes being built with quartz worktops as standard.
No home is complete without a kitchen. Individuals should take special care in selecting appropriate material for their kitchen cabinet, sink, and countertops as the material selection decision can make or break the decor and visual appeal of the kitchen. Below are certain ground rules for selecting the appropriate material for countertops.
First, the material should be sturdy enough to last decades without any visible wear and tear. The material should also not be too expensive, but should lend an opulent feel to your kitchen. Quartz kitchen worktops satisfy all criteria specified above. Quartz kitchen countertops are made from a mixture of naturally found quartz mineral and epoxy resins. Resins act as the bonding agent or adhesive that glues the quartz crystals together.
Unlike wooden kitchen countertops, quartz kitchen worktops are extremely resistant to scratches. They are also very resistant to heat. A cook can remove utensils from the stove, and put them on the quartz worktop, without worrying about any potential damage. Such a carefree attitude towards placement of hot utensils would not be possible with plastic or laminate kitchen worktops.
Quartz kitchen worktops also appear favorable to granite kitchen worktops from a cost-benefit tradeoff. While no-one denies the visual appeal of granite, the expenses involved in installing granite kitchen countertops make it difficult to justify their selection over quartz kitchen worktops that provide similar visual appeal at a fraction of the cost. Of course, individuals with fat purses can chose to go for granite kitchen worktops. However, for most other individuals, quartz worktops will appear a sensible choice.
The matte finish of quartz worktops is certainly the next best thing to granite worktops. Countertops made from quartz require minimal maintenance. Normal kitchen cleaning agents can be used to wipe the surface clean. If needed, one can even use soap and warm water to clean food stains without bothering about any damage to the worktop. Once installed, quartz kitchen worktops do not require re-sealing or polishing.
Ideally, individuals would opt to install a quartz sink along with their quartz worktop to maintain the visual flow in their kitchen. However, there is no such restriction, in case someone desires to install a sink made from a different material. Installation of the sink into the recess made in a quartz worktop is easy and does not necessitate professional help. However, enlisting professional assistance will ensure that there is no gap left between the sink and countertop that may otherwise attract grime and dirt.