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New Quartz material available!

clock April 13, 2012 23:30 by author mtemple

 

Q Premium Natural Quartz from MSI now joins our arsenal of Countertop brands at replacementcounters.com!  

More information coming soon!

Check out: http://www.qfrommsi.com/

 



Are Quartz Countertops Hard to Care For?

clock March 18, 2010 23:44 by author mtemple

On the contrary Quartz Countertops are the easiest surfaces to care for. They are heat and scratch resistant and don't require resealing like granite. Daily cleaning can be done with traditional household cleaners although you should always consult the specific products cleaning guidelines.  It is important to note that we are talking about polished quartz surfaces and not honed surfaces. The honed look offered by some quartz manufacturers is a nice look but does have more strict maintenance requirements.

 



Quartz Countertops: One of the Best Countertop Materials in the Market

clock February 12, 2010 18:06 by author mtemple

If you watch HGTV or TLC you will certainly know that granite countertops have certainly been all the rage in kitchen fad for the last several years – but have you ever wondered if there were other choices available? If you are looking for something with unique color design, but that still has the high-class look and benefits of granite, you may want to consider a counter made from quartz. Quartz countertops are becoming more popular because there are so many added benefits to the material.

The Surface is Nonporous

 Unlike granite counters and other natural stone materials, quartz countertops have a nonporous surface. This means if you spill a drink on the surface the quartz will not absorb the liquid. With porous surfaces, some stains can never fully be cleaned off the surface. This is not true for quartz countertops so you don't have to worry about the stain being absorbed by the stone. You also have an even polish on the stone. With granite their is something called pitting which are etches in the stone which can be highly visible in certain lighting. 

Plenty of Colors To Choose From 

When you look at quartz counters it may surprise you at just how many colors there are available to you. The countertop is made with over 93% ground quartz crystal and polymer resins, and gives you the opportunity to choose from a wide range of colors. Most people like to match their counters to the overall color theme of their kitchen. Choose from patterns with browns, tans, reds, blacks, greens, and blues. There is sure to be a pattern or color that matches your style perfectly!

 Durable and Flexible

 

Quartz is much more durable and flexible when compared to other stones such as granite and marble. It is less likely to break when heavy objects are placed on it. It is also resistant to scratching from things such as knives and other kitchen utensils, although a cutting board is always recommended (why damage your knife?).

 

Since quartz countertops are more durable and flexible, they are more likely to last longer than other surfaces, so you can be sure you will get your money's worth from the counter! Its consistancy in performance is one of the reasons quartz countertops are warrantied and granite countertops are not.

 

Highly Heat Resistant

 

How many times have you accidentally placed a hot pan or plate onto your counter only to realize that you now have a scorch mark on it? With quartz counters you don't have to worry about placing burns, as these types of countertops are highly heat resistant. The surface of quartz countertops will generally not burn or be left with scorch marks when it comes in contact with other materials that are very hot. Be aware, though, that constant high heat exposure to the same spot or a shock to the surface from extreme cold to hot may cause some damge. We are not recommending that you simply put hot pots on the material. One should always you trivets or other protective tools. However, if you were to put a hot pot on the surface it would be less likely that anything would happen.