America loves their trends and right now, quartz is making its presence known more than ever in the American kitchen. Years ago, quartz was only seen in confined commercial establishments, but today, the stone is preferred over granite for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Since December 2018, a major manufacturing plant operated by Dal-Tile in Tennessee has been manufacturing quartz for the American kitchen. Here are some frequently asked questions about this new form of rock making its way into the spotlight.
1) What is quartz?
Quartz is a hard white or colorless mineral consisting of silicon dioxide, found widely in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Clear quarts is often associated with the world of spiritual and natural healing. From a construction standpoint, quartz is engineered of stone made from fragments of resins and pigments. The word quartz is used to describe silicone dioxide, an abundant mineral that can be quarried in its crystalline form.
2) Why quartz over natural stone
Quartz is trending these days partly due to marketing, brands and the natural way in which things become popular through social media. In addition to popularity, there are other factors such as the ease of maintenance, durability, more affordable pricing in recent years, and a wider variety of brands, styles, colors, patterns, and textures. Quartz is being highlighted by realtors as a must-have feature.
3) Is it affordable
In 2019, it is expected that quartz will reach pricing levels similar to granite. Because there is currently a trade war going on between China and the United States, the prices might even become lower.
4) How easy is it to maintain?
If something is easy to maintain, it makes it all the more enticing. The only things you need in order to keep your quartz in top shape are a combination of quartz cleaners and polish. With quartz, you don’t have to worry about sealing and tough-to-remove water spots. One thing you should be mindful of is avoiding nicks and scratches from sharp objects. Quartz is easy to maintain but it is not unbreakable by any means.