The Advantages of Ceramic & Quartz Countertops
There are many advantages of ceramic & quartz countertops, but that largely depends on the manufacturer. So, we’re going to spotlight a few makers of ceramic & quartz countertops. This will help to highlight exactly why these materials are so desirable. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, it might be worth taking a look at these options.
What are ceramic & quartz countertops?
First, quartz is an engineered stone. So, while it’s not one continuous slab like marble, it has some benefits that only come from additives. Namely, that it’s less porous and more durable than natural stone. Ceramic, on the other hand, is heat and frost-resistant – in addition to being more durable and non-porous. That’s why these materials are so popular. According to Forbes, “Unlike marble (or granite), however, each porcelain slab is uniform, so you don’t have to take time off from work to visit a stone yard to choose your remodeling project’s slabs.” And you can get paired veins to enable your finish to run vertically as well. Some popular manufacturers of these materials are Neolith, Dekton, and Silestone.
Neolith – Sintered Stone Manufacturer
This engineered stone product is extremely beautiful and durable. We love working with it – not only because of the 50+ finishes – but because it allows for eye-catching edges too. According to their website, it “brings life to a surface that is extremely resistant to scratching, high temperatures, chemicals and UV rays in addition to being “stain-resistant” and featuring practically zero absorption due to its porosity of nearly 0%.” And this means you can use a wider range of cleaners on a Neolith countertop than you could on a traditional stone surface. So we recommend these slabs for families with small children, weakened immune systems, or those in later life.
Dekton – Glass, Porcelain & Quartz Manufacturer
A Dekton countertop is stain-proof and resistant to extreme temperature. We love it so much because it’s manufactured to be ultra-thin as well. This really opens up possibilities for unique countertop designs that just aren’t available with thicker and heavier materials. According to their website, “It is a clean surface that is nice to touch and resistant to all the daily grind that takes place in a kitchen over years of use. It is an ultra-sophisticated material for busy everyday life, capable of creating spaces that make the [day-to-day] preparation of food a pleasant experience…” And we agree. A Dekton countertop has all the benefits of engineered stone with the added flexibility of a really-slim form factor. And we love its totally stain-free lifespan.
Silestone – Quartz Manufactuer
We love using Silestone because it’s essentially the gold standard for quartz countertops worldwide. They state, “Quartz worktops are fabricated from natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the Earth, and small amounts of glass or metallic flecks are added to create variety, resulting in beautiful worktops. [Another] advantage of quartz is that it is a non-porous material, its texture does not allow bacteria to grow and [resists] stains, protecting your family and making kitchen clean-up easy. For this reason, quartz worktops never need to be sealed.” We love Silestone because the 25-year warranty really gives our clients peace of mind. A kitchen remodeling project is expensive and time-consuming, so it’s really important that these surfaces stand the test of time. With Silestone, it’s just one less thing to worry about.
Thinking about using any of these surfaces in your kitchen design? We can help.