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Quartz Countertops: Exposing The Facts Behind 3 Common Myths

When choosing countertops for your kitchen, you will want to ensure that you are making this decision based upon facts rather than myths. That is why this article sets out to expose the facts behind three common myths concerning quartz kitchen countertops.

Myth #1: Quartz Is A Man-Made Material

Fact: Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral. In fact, quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet. The reason why many people believe that quartz is man-made is that while quartz is a completely natural material, the process used to turn this material into a kitchen countertop does involve the addition of some other materials. During this process the quartz stone is ground into dust. Pigments, polymers, and resins are then added to the quartz and the combined materials are compressed to form your new countertop. These added materials help to increase the durability of the quartz and provide you with the ability to enjoy a wide range of color options when selecting your new countertops. While this process does result in a product that is no longer 100% natural, the added materials represent only a very small percentage of the countertop's composition. 

Myth #2: Quartz Countertops Are Heat Resistant

Fact: Quarts is in fact quite resistant to heat. However, the polymers and resins which are added in the construction of quartz countertops are not heat resistant. This means that you can severely damage your new countertops if they are exposed to extreme heat. This means that you will need to avoid placing any hot pans directly on your new countertops if you want them to remain undamaged. It is for this reason that quartz countertops are not recommended for use in outdoor kitchens since they will be exposed to the heat of the sun for prolonged periods of time.

Myth #3: Quartz Countertops Will Need To Be Sealed As Part Of Regular Maintenance

Fact: While most natural stone countertops will need to be sealed on a regular basis due to their porous nature, this is not the case when choosing quartz countertops. This is because while quartz does start off as a porous material much like other natural stones, the process used to manufacturer quartz countertops eliminates the presence of pores in the material. This means that there is no need to seal a quartz countertop in order to keep moisture and bacteria out. The end result of this is a countertop which is impressively low maintenance.

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