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Quartz Up Against Heat

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A home’s nucleus is its kitchen. Within this nucleus, homeowners are fed and fueled to keep the rest of the house functioning properly. That’s why keeping a well maintained kitchen with the  right countertops is ideal, countertops with the right visual appeal and the right long lasting material. 

That’s where quartz comes along, a reliable and visually appealing stone that’s at the top of the charts for countertop selection. The question is, what happens when quartz is up against the natural heat from the kitchen? Does it last? Let’s take a deep dive and find out. 

Quartz is quite the powerful rock that can withstand temperatures of up to 150° F with the slightest of damage. That being said, any hot object like a platter right out of the oven, shouldn’t rest on the quartz unless it has a hot pad or trivet under it. 

When it comes to durability, quartz has been ranked 7 on the Mohs hardness scale which measures materials from 1 to 10 in durability. However the durability, quartz’s kryptonite is heat because of its very resin composition. Most slabs are 90% quartz and 10% resin, resin being the sensitive factor. Any heat over 150° will damage the resin, thus damaging the overall quartz.

Granite on the other hand, has no resin which makes it much more susceptible to heat. This goes for marble as well. In the war of quartz vs. marble, marble definitely wins the battle against heat.  

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