Natural stone counters can sometimes be real divas–beautiful but high maintenance. But engineered quartz countertops, on the other hand, are stunners that hate fuss.
That’s why quartz countertops deserve consideration for a permanent place in your kitchen or bathroom. You can thank technology for giving us the gift of engineered quartz, which is crafted from a combination of natural stone and resins that are pressed into slabs.
The result is a luxurious product that is extremely durable, resisting both heat and chipping.
You have enough to worry about in life without adding your countertops to the list. And here are five problems you’ll never have to worry about when you install engineered quartz in your home.
Get the look with MSI's Cashmere Oro Quartz (Photo Credit: Houzz)
Unlike natural stone, which requires yearly sealing of the stone’s pores, engineered quartz is nonporous and doesn’t need sealing. And that’s a good thing because wet sealant takes your countertops out of commission while they dry out. Plus, the sealant can create noxious fumes that drive you and your family outdoors until it’s dry.
Create this look with MSI's Hazelwood Quartz (Photo Credit: Houzz)
No matter how many conversation nooks or entertainment areas you create in your home, your guests will likely end up gathered around your kitchen island, dipping chips, and toasting their host with wine-filled glasses.
Don’t worry, there’s not much your guests can do to hurt engineered quartz. These countertops laugh at acidic spills from foods like tomato sauce or wine, and resist scratches and knicks. So don’t shoo guests out of your kitchen. Your quartz counters can take it.
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Laminate counters come in almost infinite colors and patterns. But laminates can peel, chip, burn, and warp. Even wood countertops, coveted because of the warmth they bring to a room, are easily scratched and burned.
But engineered quartz never warps, because it doesn’t soak up water. And unless you really try, quartz countertops won’t burn, scratch or chip either. So go ahead, do your worst.
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Porous countertops composed of wood or soft stone can be breeding grounds for bacteria, which collects water in tiny holes and multiplies. This can also result in the growth of mold. Sealing helps limit bacteria growth, but as sealants wear away, the risk of growing bacteria increases.
Quartz, which never needs sealing, is impervious to germs and bacteria. You can wipe away germs with a little soapy water and walk away. No need to worry about microbes—especially mold spores—growing on your quartz.
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No two slabs of natural stone are exactly alike. You can even carve slabs from the same section of stone and wind up with very different looking counters. That’s great if you want one-of-a-kind counters and love the unexpected, like thick veins of colors that never showed up in showroom samples.
However, with engineered quartz, what you see in the showroom is what you get. Because the material is manufactured, the end product is predictable and identical to samples. That’s a good thing when you’re trying to create a particular look and feel in your kitchen, or to precisely coordinate counters with cabinets, backsplashes, and flooring.
Plus, the uniform look of engineered quartz makes seams virtually disappear when matching long stretches of countertop. There’s a lot to worry about in life; don’t add countertops to the list.
When you install quartz counters, you’ll rest easier knowing that your counters have all the beauty…with all the brawn.
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