When you're looking for new countertops for your home, you have several different materials to choose from. Many homeowners select high-quality stone countertops like quartz because of their durability, minimal maintenance, having the look of marble without having to worry about scratching as well as a variety of different colors in contemporary, natural and limestone looks.
If you're considering a quartz countertop, you probably want to learn more about it before the installation process. Below, we'll go over the unique characteristics of quartz and the benefits of choosing it for your renovation project.
What Is Quartz?
Quartz is a natural stone and the most common mineral on the planet. It is found near the surface of the Earth and can form amongst all kinds of different rocks.
The mineral is used for a variety of purposes and is found in a number of different industries. You can use quartz as an abrasive for industrial purposes — for example, it is used in the petroleum industry and is a popular gemstone in jewelry-making. Many of these industries use quartz in small quantities or grind it down to finite particles. However, with applications like these, you can't appreciate quartz's natural beauty and variability!
When you use quartz to make countertops, you can see the "bigger picture" and pattern of the stone. It comes in a variety of different colors and veining too, making it a great addition to home renovation projects.
Benefits and Characteristics of Quartz Countertops
Many homeowners use quartz in their kitchens and bathrooms. But what specifically makes quartz such a popular choice?
Quartz resists a number of different forces, giving it great durability and longevity. Most importantly, because it is an engineered stone, you do not need to worry about maintenance such as sealing every six months as you would have to do with granite. Its strength makes it resistant to chips and scratches, keeping it in better condition for much longer. Quartz is also much less likely to get stained from any spills — whether that's oil, red wine, or coffee.
This material is also non-porous, making it a great work surface. You can knead the dough, roll out cookies or lay out all of your ingredients without worrying about the counter absorbing anything, and you can use a knife to cut whatever you like on it. No matter what you're working with, you can have the counter shining again quickly. With it being so easy to clean, quartz isn't as likely to carry or contain lots of germs — in fact, it is also anti-microbial.
Popular Quartz Countertop Colors
Quartz countertops are some of the most popular and durable countertops available, and one of the reasons for their popularity is the enormous array of colors and patterns that are available. As a manufactured material, they can be pigmented and patterned in a seemingly endless number of styles.
Some of the more popular quartz countertop colors include:
- Calacatta Laza:
- This stone has a classic elegance, featuring a robust soft brown marbling that is most at home in kitchens with darker appliances and cabinetry.
- Statuary Classique Quartz:
- Another beautiful marbled stone, the Classique variety has marbling with a more subtle color but a bolder pattern.
- Calacatta Verona:
- This type of quartz has a milder, softer cool color with a very mild patterning and fits in well with high-contrast kitchens.
- Arctic Rain:
- This is your classic white. No-frills beauty that brightens any kitchen.
- Fantasy Brown:
- A warm and inviting blend, this color incorporates light brown and rust tones, ideal for bringing together a rustic or richly colored kitchen.
- White Carrara:
- This is a great option for adding a little flair to a kitchen while keeping a generally white base. The finish is augmented with clear quartz so that it has a slight sparkle effect.
How Pablo Marble & Granite Can Help
If you're considering adding a quartz countertop in your home, Pablo Marble & Granite carries an exceptional selection of beautiful quartz colors. From kitchen counters to bathroom vanities and more, we have the right variety of products and services to create a gorgeous new feature for your home — be it a waterfall edge or a mitered edge giving the appearance of a thicker edge, or even creating a full backsplash of the same material instead of tile.
When you're looking for the best quartz fabrication and installation services in Boston, Burlington, Woburn, and more in the greater Boston area, make sure you come to Pablo Marble & Granite.
If you'd like to learn more about our products and services, we'd love to chat with you! Give us a call to ask any questions or to request stone samples. You can also book an appointment online today!