On average, homeowners remodel 10.2 million kitchens each year. That’s a lot of countertops being replaced.
One of the key decisions any homeowner must make during their remodel is what material they want to use for their new countertop. This is no small challenge given there are many types of countertops to consider.
Quartz countertops are an increasingly popular option these days. They are beautiful, durable and easy to take care of, making them a great choice for many homeowners.
What you may not know is the material used in these countertops is man-made. Unlike granite or marble, quartz counters are a mixture of different materials. This means manufacturers can create unlimited designs and colors, so you’ll have many options to choose from if you decide to go with a quartz countertop.
Now that you know that, you’re probably wondering how these countertops are made. We’re going to explain how.
Where Does the Quartz Come From?
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral commonly found in many types of rocks. This includes the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks you probably learned about in your high school science class.
Because quartz is a very hard material, it does not erode like the surrounding rock material. As a result, over time the rocky material erodes and leaves the quartz behind.
You’ve probably seen this before. Most white sandy beaches are made of quartz eroded out of rock.
While pure quartz is transparent, many types of quartz contain other inclusions that change the color of the quartz. It is often mined from veins found beneath the surface of the earth.
Because quartz is so common, it is found all over the world. However, the material used in most countertops comes from either in the United States or Brazil.
How Is It Made into Quartz Countertops?
Despite the fact quartz is so common earth, it is typically not used as a building material. This is because the quartz must be bonded with something to make it into a useable form such as a countertop.
Generally, the quartz is bound using resins or other binders and pigments to add color. In most countertops, quartz comprises roughly 90% of the material used to make it.
Often, other materials such as natural stone or colored glass particles are mixed in to give the finished product a different appearance. This can change the color of the countertop as well as add sparkle to the surface.
Some quartz counters have antibacterial chemicals added to make it more suitable for use in the kitchen. This will help kill germs and bacteria.
To properly mix everything, industrial mixers blend the different material together. Sometimes the material will go through multiple mixers if there are several different colors or materials included in the mix.
Once the material is properly mixed, the mixture is poured into a mold the size and shape of the countertop being made. Inside the mold, the mixture is fully compressed using a vacuum and vibration to create pressure and compact it.
The next step is to bake the quartz material in an industrial oven at very high temperature. This solidifies the mixture into a hard surface. After baking the material, the last step is to polish the surface of the quartz countertop. This creates the glossy shine you see on the finished product.
The resulting material is very hard and durable. Because it is not a porous material, the quartz countertop resists moisture, bacteria, and dirt. This helps create the low-maintenance surface quartz counters are known for. These counters do not have to be sealed like other countertop materials or polished to keep their shine.
All you need to do is wipe down the counters to help prevent stains from setting in.
What are the Benefits of Quartz Countertops?
Now that you know what goes into making the countertops, you’re probably wondering what the benefits of using this material are.
The good news is that there are many benefits to selecting quartz as the material used in your next countertop. Let’s review them.
As mentioned, countertops made of quartz are non-porous and resist stains, mold, and mildew. This means they’re easy to clean and germ-free. A very important property for use in kitchens where they’ll be exposed to moisture, bacteria, and germs.
Quartz also withstands heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. As such, it can withstand that hot pots and pans you’ll be using in your kitchen.
All this means that they make incredibly durable counters that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear in the years to come. If you have a home with kids, quartz is a great choice for your kitchen remodel.
Another great feature of quartz counter is there are endless styles and colors to choose from. The wide variety of colors and patterns provides many options which can easily fit into your kitchen design. You’ll want to bring home some samples from a showroom to see how the various colors and designs fit into your kitchen. If none of these work for you there’s always the option of having a custom design made to meet your need.
While quartz is one of the more expensive countertop materials, it provides many benefits and not only looks great but will also add value to your home. It’s no wonder quartz countertops are so popular among homeowners remodeling their kitchen.
Let’s Get Started
Now you know all about the process of making quartz countertops. You also know why they offer benefits no other counter material can match. So how do you get started with your kitchen remodel?
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From design to installation, our experts can help you every step of the way. We even offer free in-home consultations with a skilled designer.
Your in-home consultant will help you envision and design your new kitchen look. From creating a customized plan to ordering materials and scheduling installation, your in-home advisor will handle it all.
Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect countertops to complete your dream kitchen.