Quartz countertops are an engineered stone made of quartz crystals, resins, and pigments. They are highly durable, non-porous, and resistant to stains and scratches. With a wide variety of color options, designs, and patterns available, quartz countertops offer a sleek and modern look. They are easy to clean and require low maintenance, making them perfect for busy kitchens.
On the other hand, quartzite countertops are natural stone countertops made from metamorphic rock. They are formed from sandstone and quartz that have been exposed to extreme heat and pressure. Quartzite countertops are very durable and heat-resistant, making them ideal for use in the kitchen. They have a unique veining pattern and are available in a range of colors, including white, gray, and pink. The natural beauty is amazing, and no two pieces are exact. However, this material is expensive and costs more to fabricate as it requires special blades, and typically a water-jet machine is needed.
Reasons Why Quartz and Quartzite Countertops Could be a Great Addition to Your Home Renovation
If you’re planning a home renovation, your kitchen and bathroom countertops are a great place to start. Quartz and quartzite are two materials that offer many benefits and can add value and style to your home. We do not offer any other material besides quartz/natural stone. Butcher block or other wood elements can be used, but these can only work in the right design. Here are some reasons why quartz and quartzite countertops could be a great addition to your home renovation:
- Durability: Quartz countertops are engineered to be durable and long-lasting. They are stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant, and don’t require sealing or waxing.
- Variety: Quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns, allowing you to choose a style that fits your home’s aesthetic.
- Ease of maintenance: Quartz countertops are easy to clean and maintain. All you need is a soft cloth and mild detergent to wipe them down.
- Eco-friendly: Most quartz countertops are made with up to 93% natural quartz, making them an eco-friendly choice.
- Natural beauty: Quartzite countertops are a natural stone and come in a range of unique colors and patterns that add character to your home.
- Durability: Quartzite is a highly durable material that can withstand heat, scratches, and chipping making it perfect for kitchen countertops.
- Low maintenance: Like quartz, quartzite countertops require minimal maintenance. They are also resistant to spills and stains, which can be easily wiped off.
- Sustainable: Quartzite is an abundant natural resource, making it a sustainable and environmentally-friendly option for countertops.
Both quartz and quartzite offer benefits in terms of durability, style, and ease of maintenance. Whether you are doing a complete home renovation or just updating your countertops, considering quartz & quartzite countertops can enhance the practicality and aesthetics of any kitchen or bathroom.
Maintenance Tips to Keep Your New Countertop Looking Its Best
Congratulations, you’ve had your new countertop installed! Here are some maintenance tips to keep it looking its best:
It’s important to clean your countertop regularly with warm water and mild soap. Avoid harsh abrasive cleaners, which can cause damage to the surface of the countertop. Wipe up spills immediately with a damp cloth or paper towel to prevent staining.
Avoid Contact with Heat
Make sure to use trivets or hot pads when placing hot pots and pans on your countertop to avoid damage from heat exposure. Avoid placing objects that are extremely hot, such as hot irons, on the countertop to prevent discoloration.
Use Cutting Boards
Cutting boards should always be used when chopping and cutting anything on the countertop. Scratching, cutting, or carving on the surface may leave marks.
Avoid Contact with Acidic Substances
Acidic substances like lemon juice, red wine, vinegar, or tomato sauce left on the countertop for a prolonged period could damage the surface or cause stains. Make sure always to wipe away any spills immediately.
We primarily use Monterrey Tile and Bedrosians for our quartz materials
Use Proper Cleaning Agents
There are specific cleaning agents for different types of countertop surfaces. For instance, if your countertop is made of natural stone, you may need specific cleaning agents. Avoid using ammonia, bleach, or any acid-based cleaner, as these could eat away at the surface of your countertop.
Taking care of your new countertop is important to maintaining its beauty and longevity. With regular maintenance and care, you can keep your countertop looking as good as new for years to come.
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