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Quartz Countertops: The Epitome of Durability!
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At Africa Range, we supply stunning quartz countertops for use in residential and commercial environments. This highly durable countertop solution offers the look of natural stone, is scratch resistant and is available in many colours.
What is quartz?
Quartz is an engineered stone material that consists of quartz chips bound together by resin. This is then pressed into sheets, in turn serving as the compound for quartz countertops. These counters consist of approximately 93% quartz and 7% binding materials that include resins, polymers and pigments.
Why choose quartz countertops?
Some may say that they prefer 100% natural stone countertops, but once you know more about the benefits of quartz counters, you may reconsider. Besides the appearance of these materials being very similar, the benefits offered by quartz are almost identical to that of granite. These benefits include:
- It is completely nonporous, making it stain-resistant.
- It does not require sealing or resealing as granite countertops
- Due to the resin blend, these countertops require very little maintenance.
- Quartz is virtually indestructible, making it a superb long-term investment.
- It offers more design possibilities which makes it a more flexible choice.
- It is available in a wide range of colours, allowing for more décor possibilities.
- Quartz tops are easy to keep clean and well-maintained.
Some questions commonly asked about quartz countertops:
Thanks to the resins and polymers mixed within the quartz, these countertops are resistant to staining. Quartz countertops are non-porous which prevents staining substances from entering its pores, thereby preventing discolouration.
Quartz tops are low maintenance and do not require sealing or resealing. To keep these countertops clean, all that is required is a mixture of mild detergent and water. No high chemical products are required, or suggested, for effective maintenance.
When compared to other natural stone countertops, quartz is a more affordable option. When taking all the benefits these tops offer into consideration, they are extremely cost-effective and function as a long-term investment for any property. Of course, the cost will depend on the thickness of the slab you require, how much material you need, the complexity of your installation, the quality of the stone, and other important factors.
To protect your quartz tops, try to only use cleaning products with a pH balance between 5-8. Harsh cleaning products such as oven grill cleaners, toilet cleaners, drain products or furniture cleaners could cause damage to your countertop’s surface. If your countertop is exposed to such cleaning products, be sure to rinse with water immediately.
Most homeowners choose to apply quartz as kitchen or bathroom counters, but it is sometimes also used around fireplaces, for shower edges, as windowsills and as coffee tables. In the commercial sector, these tops are used as service counters, conference tables and reception counters. Quartz tops are recommended for interior use only, as constant exposure to UV rays could potentially cause discolouration.
Yes, any type of sink can be fitted into your countertop. To ensure the best fit for application, our experienced team can accurately measure your space before manufacturing your quartz countertop.
Quartz is available in large sizes, but should you require a top that is bigger than our largest slab, it will need to be seamed. We have the industry experience to place and blend any seams to be virtually inconspicuous.
As it is mixed with certain polymers, quartz tops are not as resistant to heat as 100% natural stone. Therefore, care should be taken and hot objects such as pots and pans should never be placed directly onto your countertop.
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