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7 How to choose perfect tiles for your dream interior design? (Man-Made Quartz)

Updated: Aug 28, 2021

Quartz is an engineered stone, made of 90% of natural quartz, and 10% of resin, polymers, sand, pigments as well as crushed mirror particles. It offers an unlimited variety of designs by adding pigments and other materials during the manufacturing process. It is the substitute of natural stones, such as marble and granite, with the subtle veining and dazzling sheen.



Pros:


1 Elegant and Sleek Appearance

Quartz countertops can be customised to go with any cabinet materials, cabinet colours, backsplash and flooring. It brings a very contemporary vibe to modern homes.


2 Durability

Quartz is as strong as granite. It won't crack, scratch or get chipped easily.


3 Non-porous

Since quartz is non-porous, so it doesn't require any sealing. It can prevent liquids and bacteria to penetrate the surface.


4 Stain Resistance

Due to its non-porous composition, quartz countertops are highly resistant to stains. Compared to natural stones, granite and marble are more susceptible to staining due to their porous nature.


5 Substitute of Natural Stones

Quartz manufacture can create designs that look almost identical to granite and marble by mimicking their veining.


6 Low Maintenance

With quartz, you never need to worry about sealing and cleaning. You simply wipe them with soap and water on a daily base.


7 Versatility

Quartz is a fantastic material for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, fireplaces, bars etc.

It is versatile due to its durability and variety of colours and designs.



Cons:


1 Susceptible to Heat Damage

The resin and polymer of quartz composition are not heat resistant, so hot cookware can melt the resins and cause permanent damage and discolouration. You should always put a pad or trivet between hot cookware and quartz countertops.


2 Difficult Installation

Quartz is very challenge to install because it is extremely heavy. It requires the professional installation.


3 Indoor Use

Quartz can discolour when exposed to direct sunlight. The UV ray will fade the pigments and leave the countertop with a light yellow hue. Be aware when you install quartz in a room with large windows.


4 Fake Appearance

Even though quartz looks like marble, it can look fake.



Colour Options:

Quartz offers a wide range of colours and it comes in any colour that you want.


Finish Options:

  • Polished quartz has a smooth and shiny surface. The polished surface makes any space look elegant and visually bigger. It is perfect for a traditional home.

  • Honed quartz has a matte finish, so it can conceal countertops smudges and fingerprints. It is perfect for a contemporary home.

  • Leathered quartz has a more textured and rough appearance, adding a character to your home. It is perfect for a contemporary and modern home.


Maintenance:

Maintain quartz is simple and easy.

  • Daily cleaning by a soft sponge or towel.

  • Using soap and water or a mild detergent to clean will keep quartz looking like new.

  • Using a non-abrasive soft soap along with a non-scratch scrub pad.


Conclusion:

Due to its durability, non-porous property, stain resistance, versatility, aesthetic appeal and low maintenance, quartz is an ideal material for busy kitchens.




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