Quartz is one of the most popular choices for kitchen worktops in recent years. There are plenty of reasons for that, and one of them is that it can have a marbled effect. It has a much better performance in the kitchen then the real marble, but it can look just like it. Quartz marble effect slabs have many pros, but it has also a few cons. We will introduce you to all of them, so you can decide whether quartz is for you.
1. Manufactured stone
Quartz is an engineered stone made of natural quartz and resins. This combination has proven to be excellent; natural quartz gives the slabs sturdiness and durability, while resins add resistance to staining.
2. Resistant to staining
As we already mentioned, quartz worktops own its resistance to staining to resins. They form a waterproof surface on top that no liquids and water can break through.
3. Resistant to scratching
Quartz worktops are also resistant to scratching; they will not get scratched by accident knife slips or dropping of a sharp object.
4. Easy to clean
Quartz kitchen worktops have a very sleek and smooth surface that makes cleaning very easy. The cleaning can be handled with only soap, water and a soft cloth. Just make the soapsuds, wipe the worktops with a cloth and then rinse them off with a clean cloth.
5. Numerous colours and patterns
During the manufacturing process, the pigments are added to change quartz’s colour, add patterns and veins. For that reason, quartz can have a marble effect that is very similar to the real marble. Its colour and pattern palette is very wide and you will have no problems finding the perfect one for you.
When you get your quartz worktops installed, you will not have to worry about the replacement for decades. Quartz is very durable and will handle high pressure without breaking.
When compared to its first competitors- granite and marble, quartz is more affordable. Quartz will make a very smart and long term investment because of the durability of the product.
7. Sensitive to chemicals
However, quartz is sensitive to cleaners that contain harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia. Those kinds of cleaners can break the resin and make your quartz worktops more sensitive to staining.
8. The colour can fade
Quartz is UV unstable, which is why it is recommended for indoor use only. If the countertops are exposed to constant direct sunlight, the colour can fade over time.
9. May need additional structural support
Quartz is very heavy because its molecules are very densely packed. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation, especially the one under the sink.
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