Rock Query: Quartz

With many facets in its original form, quartz puts forth radiance similar to that of diamonds. Its crystal structure, physical and chemical properties are quite often compared to other gemstones. A quartz crystal specimen is quite impressive to look at with its unique helix structure helping explain many of its physical attributes of depth, clarity, radiance in addition to its extraordinary strength and durability.

Quartz Gemstone

Quartz crystals are one of the most complex and versatile gemstones. Considered the “rock crystal” in ancient times, today quartz gemstone is seen adding variety and nature’s artistry to unusual one-of-a-kind jewelry. It is 93% of the products we know by the names of Cambria, Silestone, Zodiaq, Viater, Marquis, ECO, and Caesarstone.

What are Quartz Countertops?

Quartz kitchen countertops consists of 93% quartz and 7% resins. These are often called engineered countertops since advanced engineering techniques are implemented for manufacturing quartz kitchen countertops. In this process, ground pulverized quartz is mixed with binder resins. Additional coloring pigments may also be added to achieve the desired color of quartz countertops. The biggest advantage of quartz countertops is that they are extremely hard. In fact, only three other materials beat quartz in hardness and these materials are diamond, sapphires and topaz. The binder resins give quartz the desired strength and texture that are perfect for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and nearly any surface or countertop. There are many different colors types and brands to choose from when it comes to quartz countertops, such as: Cambria, Caesarstone, ECO, Marquis, Silestone, Viatera, and Zodiaq. Capitol Granite provides all of these types of quartz, and can custom fabricate them for any countertop or surface need that you may have.

Why to Go for Quartz Countertops for Kitchens?

There are several reasons why you might want to go for quartz countertops instead of any other countertop. Stone or granite countertops only offer you limited options in terms of color, texture and designs. On the other hand, quartz kitchen countertop options are simply myriad. You no longer have to endure that painfully dull gray or black color offered by a stone countertop. With a quartz countertop you can select any color of your choice, from pristine white to bold orange to cherry red. What more, the shade that you select from the catalog in the store matches exactly with the piece that arrives at your home. Thus, nasty surprises are avoided at the time of delivery, which is often the case with stone countertop, owing to extensive variation in shades of natural stone. Moreover, you need not go for a plain countertop as you can select from a plethora of patterns available in quartz countertops. These include marble or other natural stone patterns.

Besides, quartz provides you a long-lasting option for countertop. It requires absolutely no maintenance and can keep on shining for years to come. Its extraordinary hardness makes it virtually scratch proof. Also, its non porous nature does not allow anything to seep in and cause staining. This property is very useful for kitchen countertops which are subjected to inordinate amount of spillage. Since, it is non porous you also need not have to seal it, unlike granite countertops which require frequent sealing. Quartz also inhibits growth of mold and mildew as it is fortified with an antimicrobial compound during the manufacturing process.

Cost of quartz countertops for kitchens is the only thing that goes against it. Typically, a quartz countertop may cost you anywhere between $42 to $66 dollars per square foot. Although, the cost may seem a bit on the higher end, it might make sense to invest in quartz countertops considering the long term benefits.

Quartz countertops for kitchens offer you value for your money. Hence, you might as well go ahead and get one for your kitchen.

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