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Is it Time to Consider Quartz Countertops?

The extent that most know about Quartz can be summed up in the following: a) it’s a mineral and b) somehow it was related to Timex watches.

Although some Quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone, the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins.

Quartz countertops are gaining increasing popularity in Ottawa kitchens as many remodels are featuring Quartz countertops instead of Granite countertops.  There’s really very little difference in cost and a lot of times it comes down to personal preference, but some benefits of Quartz countertops include:

Durability: As strong a material Granite is (resisting cracking and chipping), Quartz countertops actually rate slightly higher on the hardness scale.  Quartz countertops are engineered stone with the flaws engineered out. You will not find invisible striations just waiting to crack and quartz counters are less prone to staining.

No Maintenance: While Granite countertops need annual sealing, Quarts require no sealant and are cleaned simply with soap and water.

Germ-Free: The nonporous aspect of quartz countertops allows superior protection against pathogens, germs, etc.

Variety: Quartz countertops are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors, you’re sure to find a look you’ll love that will also go with your kitchen.  It’s a natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors.

Warranties: Quartz countertops are so durable that most manufacturers offer a warranty, something you won’t typically find.

Flexibility: Because Quartz is more flexible to work with and held in place with glue and epoxy instead of screws, quartz can be used on larger vertical surfaces like backsplashes without the fissures and seams often all too visible with natural stone.

We’d be happy to speak with you to help you determine if Quartz countertops are right for your Ottawa kitchen just stop in the showroom.

Come in to any of TNT’s locations as we serve Ottawa, West Ottawa, Carp, Kanata, Stittsville, West Carleton, Dunrobin, and Arnprior to see our incredible selection.

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