With so many countertops available in today’s market, it can be difficult to know how to choose the material that is right for your kitchen.
There is a wide range of countertop materials that can be chosen for a kitchen including customized, engineered and natural, and such variety can make that choice a difficult one.
Natural stone countertops are a hot topic today, with quartz having now become the number one choice for the great majority of homeowners, but how do quartz countertops differ from other natural stone countertop choices?
Quartz comes from one of the world’s hardest and most dependable minerals and is by far the most durable kitchen countertop option. Many quartz countertops are also very striking in appearance, being available in a wide variety of different colors, components and designs.
One interesting fact about quart countertops is that not all components in most of them are actually 100% quartz. While 90% is usually manufactured from crushed marble, natural stone and granite, or from recycled industrial waste like ceramic, glass and silica, 10% is normally actually manufactured from a polymeric or a cement-based binder.
Another interesting fact is that quartz is not the same as quartzite, which is a non-foliated hard metamorphic that comes from pure quartz sandstone, and is both porous and requiring of periodic maintenance to avoid stains, making it quite different from quartz.
Quartz countertops can be purchased in Minneapolis and most other states, and it is a good idea to visit showrooms to get a better sense of the kind of countertop that will look best and be most suited to your kitchen.