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What Makes Quartz Countertops Unique?

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In recent years, quartz countertops have become a popular selection for homeowners and business owners alike. Its elegance, durability, and beauty are some of the reasons why it’s earned an outstanding reputation among other high-end surface materials.

Keep reading to learn more about this luxurious mineral.

Information on Quartz

Quartz is a chemical compound consisting of one part silicon and two parts oxygen. It’s the most abundant mineral found on Earth’s surface. Additionally, it has a hardness of 7/10 on the Mohs Scale, which compares the resistances of different minerals. One of the main benefits of quartz is that it’s malleable at any temperature, making it resistant to chemical and mechanical weathering. Furthermore, this mineral is scratch-resistant.

Since quartz is durable and resistant to abrasions, it makes the perfect countertop surface for your kitchen and bathroom. Explore other reasons why this material is special in today’s blog.

Quartz Countertops Are Engineered to Last

Quartz countertops are also called engineered stone counters because they’re made of 93% quartz and a mixture of other stones. The other 7% is made of binders that are either plastic-like (polymeric) or cement-based.

We’ve established quartz is strong, but the reason why engineers mix it with other materials is because enhanced strength is required for the heavy demands of cooking. Furthermore, almost every other type of countertop is mixed with different stones and binders because this makes them last for decades.

Some manufacturers even add antibacterial substances, such as Microban, to their mixes. These compounds can protect your family from bacteria and make it easier for you to clean your surfaces. Furthermore, these antibacterial properties make it difficult for mold and mildew to grow on your surfaces.

Quartz Countertops Are Hard to Chip

Finding a chip in your countertops can be upsetting, especially when you consider the time and money you spent on selecting and installing them. Fortunately, when you upgrade to quartz countertops, you might not have to worry about chipping again.

We’re not saying quartz is indestructible, but compared to rivaling materials, it takes a lot more than a simple knife scratch to chip it. You would have to take a hammer to your countertops to crack it (which we’re not condoning).

In the unfortunate event your quartz countertops do chip, you won’t have much to worry about because they’re generally repairable. Factors depend on the size and scope of the chip or damage.

Quartz Countertops Are Tough to Stain

Quartz countertops are non-porous, making them resistant to staining. They can endure oil, coffee, juice, and other common kitchen spills; if you’re a parent to active toddlers, this will go far with you. Spills will sit on top of the surface instead of soaking in, and all you’ll need to do is use soap and a sponge to wipe them off. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about sealing your surfaces every year.

Renovating? Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble

Quartz countertops are the finishing touch your home needs for an eye-catching, complete design. At Intermountain Stone & Marble, we guarantee you won’t need to spend more than your budget allows to get the classy surfaces you’re looking for. We service the Salt Lake County area. Get in touch with us today for a free estimate.

Caring for Lighter-Colored Quartz Countertops

When it comes to various home design elements, white can be a terrifying color for some homeowners. Known as the color that shows the most dirt and is most susceptible to stains and other damage, everything from white rugs to white countertops can cause stress for the clean-freaks among us. 

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, we’re here to set your mind at ease when it comes to this area of concern and your quartz countertops. White and lighter colored quartz options are some of the most beautiful out there, and we want you to be able to enjoy yours without constantly worrying about the color remaining pristine. With that in mind, here are a few basic care and cleaning do’s and don’ts for lighter-colored quartz countertop products. 

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DO

  • Cleaning: Because quartz is an engineered material designed for ease of care, the cleaning process for them is very simple. They can be easily maintained on a regular basis using nothing but a damp sponge or a soft dishcloth, plus some mild dishwashing soap or even just warm water. Simply wipe, rinse, and dry the area for simple messes or small spills. Quartz is a non-porous surface, meaning that any stains that do take place will not penetrate the surface and also won’t harbor dangerous bacteria or germs. 
  • Deeper messes: In some cases, you may have a dried mess or something stuck on your quartz countertop that won’t clean quite as easily. In this case, soak a damp towel over the spot until it loosens and then do some scrubbing. If this doesn’t work, cleansers like Bon Ami are known to be safe for quartz and can be used without impacting its appearance at all. 
  • Enjoy your countertop without resealing or waxing: Because quartz is made only of resin plus natural stone, it never requires resealing or waxing as marble or granite will. This saves you both money and time. 

DON’T

  • Cleaning: Make sure to avoid all harsher chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning quartz countertops of any color. These are particularly harmful to lighter surfaces – they can scratch the surface, which shows much more easily on a lighter area than a darker one. 
  • Heat: Protect your quartz surface from heavy heat, such as crockpots or electric cookers that might sit on them. Enough heat may warp your surface. 
  • Cutting: Only chop food on a cutting board – do not use you quartz countertop as a cutting surface, as this can also scratch it and will show easily on lighter surfaces.
  • Items To Avoid: Avoid bleach, nail polish remover, paint remover, a silver polish or any oil-based soaps on the quartz countertop. In addition, don’t let children or anyone else use permanent markers or ink on the surface, as this may stain and will show very easily on a light color.

For more on how to keep white and lighter-colored quartz countertops in great shape, or to learn about any of our kitchen or bathroom remodeling services, speak to the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today. 

General Quartz Countertop Price Ranges

Quartz is on the rise around the country when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertop materials, and we at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company are proud to be a top provider of this material in Utah. Our quartz countertops help you achieve a natural stone look with virtually no maintenance, a huge factor for many busy homeowners who still want their space to look great.

As their popularity continues to grow, we’re regularly asked for price estimates on our quartz materials. This is natural – we understand that our clients need to budget for major remodeling projects like these. At the same time, though, there’s no simple answer we can give you here. Several different important factors play a role in the final cost of your quartz countertop, including some that are completely out of our hands. With that in mind, here are a few of the factors to consider if you’re looking for price ranges.

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General Ranges

In general, costs for various stone countertop materials will be represented in price per square foot. Of the stones we offer, marble is generally the most expensive, though this can vary based on individual cuts.

Quartz is a high-quality stone with several distinct benefits. In some cases, it’s used to mimic natural stones like granite; but quartz itself is actually higher quality than some of these natural stones, so you might actually pay a bit more. Broadly speaking, you can expect to pay between $60 and $100 per square foot for a premium quartz slab.

Additional Expenses

Now, it’s important to note that virtually any project involving new quartz countertops will also come with other considerations – and these considerations, while totally out of our hands from a pricing standpoint, can play a big role in your final cost.

Consider this circumstance, for instance: You decide that you love the look of our quartz so much that beyond just using it as your countertop material, you also want to run it all the way up your wall as a backsplash. This is both practically and aesthetically beneficial, but it also comes with an increased cost. The same goes for factors like edge treatment or other work done on the slab before it reaches your home.

Installation Costs

Finally, you have to consider your installation costs as part of the overall equation here. Quartz countertops are very heavy and might require reinforcement during installation, similar to other stone types.

How much you pay here will again depend on a few factors, namely the size of the slab and the company or contractor you hire. If you’re hiring a third party contractor, be sure to do your research and ensure they have experience specifically installing quartz countertops. For more on the general price ranges of quartz countertops, or to learn about any of our stone counters, speak to the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company today.