Quartz Benchtops; a Customizable and Economical Alternative to Natural Stones

While constructing or remodelling one of the most controversial and touchy subjects in a family can be the selection of kitchen benchtops. Every single person has an opinion of their own, wants a specific design and has a look in mind that they would very much like to be materialized. Where everyone wants their design to be implemented on, a middle ground can be met by using a material that is whose appearance can be customized. For this purpose, quartz benchtops are one of the best materials to be used.

Selecting a durable countertop is extremely important because it will firstly, define the look and aesthetic of your kitchen and secondly, it will face the daily wear and tear and brunt of cooking, which is why it needs to be durable as well. Engineered stone is one of the most popular materials used in today’s modern world. Quartz is one of the best engineered stone to be used. Engineered stone is made by using crushed natural stone with an adhesive to bind it together. The resin used normally is polymer resin but as of recently cement mix is also used. The other most popular stone used as an engineered stone is marble. The reason why you or anyone out there should opt for a quartz benchtop is because it can be coloured and provided with the ‘look’ of any textured marble or granite and the difference would be hard to find.

One of the most abundant minerals on earth and renowned for its hardness, quartz is one of the best countertop materials to be used without making a huge dent in your wallet. By some consumers and manufacturers it is said to be on par with natural stone with respect to durability and strength. Because of quartz’ naturally hard nature, with the addition of resin it becomes one of the most trusted and durable materials to be used. Without being on the same price point, it gives you the exact look of natural stone.

Quartz is also not a porous material. Meaning that if you spill something like tea, coffee, oil or water on it, it will not absorb it unlike other some natural stones. Because of its seal and resin, liquids and moisture do not penetrate it easily. Because of its non-porous nature it also does not stain quickly and spills do not need to be instantly wiped off. In addition to that, some manufacturers also guarantee that their quarts benchtops are scratch resistant making them perfect for kitchens where one is bound to use knives on benchtops and even if unconsciously, utensils might be dragged on it.

For larger kitchens, quartz is especially recommended. Because it is man-made, it can be customized to any size and shape without having to ‘join’ slabs. It is also a hygienic alternative as it is non-porous and has minimal joints, moisture absorption is not an issue, and it proves difficult for bacteria to grow and grimes to build up in joints and seams.  If looked after properly, quartz benchtops have warranties that last up to 10-15 years, which in itself is an assurance for one to go with this material.