Do you like the idea of having marble countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, but you don’t want to pay special attention to staining or scratching? That is now possible with other materials that can look like marble but have characteristics of their own. One of them is quartz, a good alternative to marble countertops that will not get scratched or stained easily.
Continue reading to find out about the pros and cons of marble effect countertops, as well as the cost of it.
Unlike marble, which has a porous surface, quartz has a completely non-porous one. This means that spills and liquids will not leave a stain on it, because its surface is impermeable to it. Also, because of this characteristic, bacteria and germs can’t lodge on its surface, making it highly hygienic.
Low level of maintenance
You can have quartz countertops installed and forget about them, as they require a very low level of maintenance. The cleaning is easy with just soap and water. You will not have to seal them, as they don’t need it.
A variety of styles and colours
There are dozens of marble effect styles available. Each one has its own character that is recognizable by the length, thickness and colour of the veining. The most common colours are white, beige and black, but there are also a few interesting, unusual colours.
Quartz is very durable material and it can handle high impact without any damages. Your countertops will because of this look like new even after several years. Investing in them is a smart choice you won’t regret.
Sensitive to chemicals
Quartz is sensitive to harsh chemicals that contain bleach or ammonia, that can damage its surface. You should avoid such cleaners, and simply use soap and water. For deeper cleaning, occasionally use glass cleaner.
Quartz is made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resin and pigments. The resins are UV unstable, which is why quartz shouldn’t be used outdoors. Also, it shouldn’t be used close to the radiant heat.
The prices for marble effect countertops are dictated by several reasons. Firstly, not all styles have the same price- some are more rare and expensive because of it. Secondly, the size you will need will normally shape the prices.
Lastly, if you are looking for any special treatments, that will be also included in the price.
The prices for marble effect countertops are starting from £250 per square meter.
Having quartz countertops with marble effect is a great way to introduce a bit of luxury and elegance to your home, without having to commit to marble. The imitations are so accurate, only the expert will tell a difference.
For more information about the range and prices, feel free to contact us.