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Understanding General Qualities of Quartz Countertops

When it comes to kitchen countertops, quartz materials are generally considered some of the top modern options available for many homeowners. From its gorgeous aesthetic to benefits like great durability and limited maintenance needs, quartz checks so many of the boxes you want in a new countertop option.

At Accent Countertops, we’re thrilled to provide a wide range of quartz and other custom countertop materials for you to choose from. And while quartz is indeed one of the most versatile and useful countertop materials, it’s important to understand the details of several of its important qualities – a few of which may have been exaggerated over time. Let’s go over some important factors here and ensure your impression of quartz lines up with reality.

Stainproof vs Stain-Resistant

One of the qualities quartz is best known for is its ability to resist staining and similar affects, and while this is absolutely true, some people take this theme a bit too far. Quartz is stain-resistant, not completely stainproof – it does contain a layer of resin and pigment that’s petroleum based, and this layer can combine with certain chemicals to lead to stains.

Now, such chemicals are not common in the kitchen and won’t be a risk for many homeowners. For those who engage in crafts or various projects in the kitchen, however, stains are still technically possible – though quartz does a better job protecting against this than granite or other natural stone types.

Scratching

Another great quality of quartz is how durable it is, particularly when it comes to scratching. It’s very difficult to scratch a quartz surface, but again we want to set the record straight here: It’s still technically possible, particularly if dragging a heavy object like a pot or pan across the surface. In addition, if you use abrasive pads or cleansers regularly, etching of quartz is possible. However, simply avoiding these small risks should leave your surface fully clear of scratches.

Temperature

Quartz is much more heat-resistant than granite or several other stones, but it’s important not to overplay your hand here. We don’t recommend placing scorching hot pans from the oven and placing them on your quartz surfaces, for instance, as this kind of extreme heat might discolor the resin that seals in your quartz.

Manufacturing Differences

Finally, it’s important to note that not all quartz is created equal. As a manufactured stone, quartz may have different qualities based on how it was made and the chemicals used, which can lead to a variety of different colors, finishes, patterns and even strength qualities. For this reason, it’s vital to ensure you receive your quartz from a high-quality manufacturer to ensure durability and longevity.

For more on ensuring you’re clear about the qualities of your quartz countertops, or to learn about any of our quartz or other kitchen countertops, speak to the staff at Accent Countertops today.