Engineered quartz countertops not only boast elegant look and beautiful patterns, but they are also extremely durable. They can make your kitchen and the whole house a real celebration. Don’t be suspicious of the product's beauty - this artificial hi-tech material is easy to care for. All you will need is a sponge, soap and water.
Engineered quartz pieces mimic real stones in their texture and patterns, but are more practical in everyday life. They are not only more resistant to chipping, wear and tear than real stones, but also non-porous. This means that mold and fungi spores do not like engineered quartz worktops, as they simply cannot penetrate into it and damage it. Such countertops can serve you for a lifetime.
Engineered quartz consists of 90-95 percent ground quartz particles, and only 5-10 percent resins and pigments. It is non-toxic and does not cause allergies. Most engineered quartz products have Green Guard Environmental Institute certificate which ensures the lowest possible amount of volatile substances released into the environment. After all, everything on the planet at least minimally breathes.
Not only engineered quartz is as hard as granite, but due to the minimal amount of resins in its composition, it is resistant to etching, scratches and other external influences. This non-porous material does not absorb liquids - you can boldly pour carrot juice on your worktop or sprinkle it with curry powder. After cleaning any dirt with soapy water, no stains will remain. You can forget waxes and sealers.
Another good property of engineered quartz is its relative resistance to heat (up to 100 °C). If you accidentally place a hot pot on your quartz countertop, nothing will really happen. Just take the pot off quickly and don’t sport it purposefully. It’s not a good idea to place hot pans directly on the countertop until they have cooled down, because quartz can be susceptible to burning from very high temperatures. If quartz is exposed to extreme heat, it can discolor because of the limits imposed by the resins in the material.
There is a very wide choice of engineered quartz colours and patterns. The palette consists of hundreds of samples which will match all kinds of interior, be it modern, retro, eclectic or traditional style. While browsing, you will definitely come across the stone you like. Just one thing to note before you decide: fingerprints will be more visible on glossy black surfaces.
The sink of any material can be installed under your quartz countertop. Udermount sink is very practical, as the food residues when cleaning the surface will not stick to the sink edges or get into the gaps, and thus dirt will not need to be scratched or brushed. You will just have to wipe off your worktop with damp cloth, and it will look impeccable.
Engineered quartz will look great as dining table top, as coffee table surface or console cladding. It will definitely add to elegance and freshness in any home or office space. Quartz suits well for window sills and chests of drawers, too. Since quartz slabs are large, even a big quartz covered surface will have just a few joints. This is especially relevant when using quartz panels for wall and floor cladding, or creating large furniture pieces in public spaces, such as reception areas, restaurants, clinics, halls or bars.
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