Engineered quartz is quickly becoming a favorite of both designers like the team and CJB Group Kitchens and homeowners like you, and there are good reasons for this. If you’re looking for countertops that look great and don’t need a lot of care, then check out engineered quartz.
What Is Engineered Quartz?
This material is the perfect blend of natural and man-made. It is made up of 90-95% ground quartz, and the other 5-10% is resins and pigments. The resins help make it stronger and more suited to kitchen use, while the pigments are used to create a limitless range of colors and finishes. It is durable, easy to care for, and looks great, too. An added bonus is that it is environmentally friendly!
If you’re looking for counters that will last a lifetime, engineered quartz is a great choice. The quartz content gives it the strength of granite, but the resin makes it impact resistant and more flexible. It’s non-porous, so it resists staining and scratches. Bacteria and other germs aren’t able to establish a foothold like in porous materials such as wood.
The biggest con to engineered quartz is that the resin content can be damaged by heat, so make sure to use trivets or other items to protect from hot pots and pans. Fingerprints also tend to show up, especially on dark surfaces. However, you don’t need to worry about waxes, sealants, or other costly and time consuming maintenance chores. Clean up is easy, with soap and water sufficient for all but the biggest messes, and most household cleaners being safe to use.
Great Style Options
The pigments in the countertops mean that it is possible to create any color imaginable. From natural grays and tans to apple green and tomato red, there is no limit to the possibilities. You can also choose from a variety of patterns. In addition to classic flecks and patterns, pattern choices include crocodile skin and more.
Nontoxic and nonallergenic, these are a great choice for nearly anyone. They emit few volatile organic compounds, so if indoor air quality is a concern they are a good option. Many manufacturers include recycled content in their engineered quartz, making it even more eco-friendly. The only real environmental downside is that most are mined and manufactured outside of the US, so transportation has some environmental effects. The only manufacturer to both mine and produce completely within the US is Cambria.
There are few real downsides to choosing engineered quartz for your kitchen countertops. They are durable, easy to take care of, and gorgeous. At CJB Group Kitchens, we have a wide variety of materials and styles for you to choose from. You can see many of them in our showroom here in Reading, Massachusetts. Call us today at (978)-337-7256 to schedule your free consultation!