No matter what function you host in your home, whether it’s a dinner party or watching the big game with friends, it always seems everyone eventually ends up in the kitchen. Because the kitchen is a gathering place in any home, most people spend a great deal of money trying to make their kitchen look as good as possible. Nothing makes a kitchen look better than installing beautiful countertops, and some of the best looking and most popular countertops are quartz countertops.
Also called engineered stone or manufactured stone, quartz countertops are made from approximately 95 percent crushed quartz, and five percent binding agents. Because quartz countertops are not a true natural stone, they are available in a much wider variety of colors than natural stone countertops like granite and marble. Quartz countertops are also among the most durable countertops available. While quartz countertops are as durable as marble or concrete, it is less likely to chip or crack than natural stone. Another benefit of quartz countertops is that they are non-porous, so quartz countertops will not stain as easily as concrete or granite.
Quartz countertops are also maintenance free. Many natural stone surfaces must be properly cleaned, maintained, and polished to keep them looking their best. Quartz countertops are easily cleaned with soap and water. Some natural stone surfaces also emit small amounts of harmful gasses; this is a problem that does not occur with quartz countertops. The price of quartz countertops is higher than laminate countertops, but quartz countertops are usually slightly less expensive than natural stone such as marble and granite. By offering all the benefits of natural stone without its drawbacks, Quartz countertops should be seen as a good deal when compared to natural stone.
One reason to install quartz countertops in your kitchen is to increase the value of your home. Many real estate agents are now telling home-sellers that they must have marble, granite, concrete, or quartz countertops installed for the home to sell for a satisfactory price. Home-buyers have begun to value updated and modern kitchens over all other amenities in the home, and nothing brings out the beauty of a kitchen as well as quartz countertops. Many home improvements do not increase the selling price of a home, but real estate experts have found that kitchen countertops, like quartz countertops, offer the best return on investment when selling a home.
Many people forget that the bathroom is also a great place to install a stone countertop. A quartz countertop not only enhances the beauty of any bathroom, its heat and stain resistant surface is perfect for a bathroom. Curling irons, flat irons, blow driers, makeup, and makeup-remover all can damage your bathroom counter. A quartz countertop in your bathroom will withstand all these hazards, and because quartz is non-porous, it will not harbor harmful bacteria like a porous surface can.
The kitchen is gathering place in most homes, and most people invest more money into their kitchens than any other room in their home. Because your kitchen is such an important room, beautify it with quartz countertops. Quartz counters will provide all the benefits of natural stone without the drawbacks. A quartz countertop will not just make your home look better; it will also make it worth more to potential buyers.