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  • 11/1/2017 11:59 AM

Quartz

For those of you that have been following our blog then you know that over the past several weeks we have been covering the different surface materials to use in your home or business. This can be a tricky and daunting process since there are so many options to choose from, but can also be rewarding when you find the perfect material for your home or office. At the end of the day, it’s not about what is the prettiest option, but the option that is best suited for your home or business. So the question remains, which surfacing material is right for you? To help you out in discovering the answer to this plaguing question, we have been exploring different surfacing materials each week explaining what they are, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as where they work best in your home or business. So far, we’ve covered Dekton, Radianz, Silestone, Travertine, Caesarstone, Limestone, Slate, Quartzite, Granite, Serpentine, Soapstone, and Onyx in hopes that one will stand out among the crowd. This week we will continue in this same fashion in covering Quartz! We will again explain what it is, its advantages, explain where we believe it to work best, and generally why we believe Quartz could be a good fit for you and your home or business. We hope that in doing so we help you get that much closer to discovering the surfacing material of your dreams. Read below to find out all about Quartz!

Quartz - What Is It?

According to an article by Geology.com, “It is the most abundant mineral found at Earth’s surface and its unique properties make it one of the most useful natural substances.” The properties of Quartz are what make it such a hard material. These same properties also make it extremely durable. Quartz mineral composition allows it to occur in virtually every color. The most common colors are clear, white, gray, purple, yellow, brown, black, pink, green, red.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Quartz?

Durability

Quartz is one of the most durable stones on the market. Having this durability means it doesn’t scratch easily. Because Quartz is made with a blend of stone and resin, the surface is hard like granite, but it’s also glossy and non-porous.  Because this material is so heavy, it is best for it to be installed by professionals.

Cost Effectiveness

The cost of a slab of Quartz depends on the quality of stone and the brand that you buy. Prices for this material range from low quality to high quality depending on how much you are wanting to spend. Quartz is usually a little less expensive than Granite, depending on the quality, and it is much less expensive than marble.

Easy To Clean

Quartz is a relatively low-maintenance stone. Some might say that Quartz is maintenance-free, but that doesn’t mean that you can neglect it completely. If you spill something, clean it up as soon as you can. Yes. Quartz is stain-resistant, but it can develop stains if they are left on the counter long enough. Warm, soapy water can usually take care of cleaning your surface. Avoid any harsh chemicals.

Aesthetic

Quartz is a beautiful stone and can come in just about any color. Quartz is becoming very popular among homeowners because of its durability and wide variety of color options.

Where Is Quartz Best Used?

When you talk about Quartz in terms of being used in a home, it is usually being used for kitchen and bathroom countertops. If you are thinking of using Quartz outside your home, you might want to think again. Quartz isn’t great when it is exposed to UV light and the pigment in the stone can change over time after being exposed to sunlight. To see how Quartz might look in your kitchen, check out our materials visualizer and select "Quartz" in the materials drop down box.

In this article, we’ve tackled the surfacing material Quartz. We’ve explained what it is, its associated benefits, dug into where we think it works best, and overall why we think it would be a good surfacing option for your home or business. We hope that in doing so we’ve helped to narrow down the search!

Feel like there’s still more to be learned about Quartz? To find out more, click here!

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Don’t think Quartz is the right fit for you? No worries. Head over to our blog to explore many of the other stone options available to you, and be sure to be on the lookout next week’s blog as we’ll be covering another material that you **may** want to consider for your next renovation project!

G.M.S. Werks has talented consultants on staff to help you bring about real-life transformations in your kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living areas, or anywhere else you’d like to have natural stone featured. For more information, contact us today.

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