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Quartz countertops are coming on strong in the countertop industry, making a stronger showing in the last few years and it shows no signs of letting up. With the low maintenance, endless color choices and high durability, engineered quartz countertops offer a tempting alternative to granite countertops.
For the longest time your choice in natural stone was granite, marble and soapstone, but then along came engineered quartz to the scene. Quartz has the great qualities of stone but also has it’s own special features.
Quartz began appearing in the U.S. homes a few years after gaining popularity in Europe and is gaining ground on granite. Sales of quartz counters has increased 100% since 2004. In search comparisons, granite is holding steady, corian is hurting, and quartz has increased three fold. (See the graph below, results are in hundred thousands.)
Quartz countertops are engineered and made through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super hard, natural stone looking countertop. The best part is the unlimited choice of colors that are available to the consumer. Green apple or red apple, whatever color you prefer you can get it.
The best part about quartz counters? They are close to indestructible. Most quartz manufacturers offer a long warranty, which you don’t see with granite . Quartz is also not porous like other stone products and doesn’t require the sealing that they need. This also means that quartz countertops are much more sanitary in a kitchen. You can keep them 99.9 percent bacteria free.
Being durable also means that quartz resists staining or corrosion from cooking oils, liquids and household cleaning products. Natural stone require periodic resealing of the surface.
Quartz countertops are comparable to the price of granite and if the demand for this product keeps increasing then the cost will probably improve even more.
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