Choose Between A Quartz And Copper Countertop

19 December 2018
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Quartz and copper countertops vary quite a bit from one another. If you are having your kitchen updated and are torn between these two countertop materials, research them in depth and look at some photos that utilize these materials as counters to aid with choosing a material.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are chemically engineered, consisting of natural stone mixed with plastic resins. Binders are used to hold the mixture together and are responsible for giving a quartz countertop its natural texture and appearance. A quartz countertop doesn't need to be designed with a solid color if you are someone who appreciates veining, color inconsistencies, and shadowing that are often qualities of marble.

Quartz countertops are a favorite among homeowners, mainly because of their strength and ability to repel stains and withstand sharp objects. Quartz countertops are made out of a hard material and they do not require a sealant.

If you are looking for a countertop that is going to look great after each meal preparation and clean up, then quartz may be the best countertop option for you. Quartz can be rather pricey, but you will get your money's worth and won't need to worry about resurfacing, resealing, professional stain removal, or repairs. 

Copper Countertops

Copper is a rich, golden color and can promote warmth and a homey atmosphere when utilized as a countertop material. There is a setback, however, if you are not fond of patina (a green or brownish film that is a result of oxidation).

Like copper cookware, a copper countertop will oxidize and tarnish over time. You may think that the streaks will add character to the counter's surface and be savvy to purchasing a copper countertop for this very reason. If you aren't prone to this idea, you can still own a copper countertop and keep its color uniform by having the counter sealed.

A professionally installed sealant will preserve the richness of the copper, but it may still be necessary for you to wax the copper on occasion. After cleaning and drying the copper surface, a small amount of butcher's wax that is applied to a soft cloth can be used to wax the copper.

Staining is also likely, but lemon juice or detergent that is mixed with warm water and applied with a sponge will remove liquid spills that could compromise the beauty of the copper. Copper is also a relatively soft material, so a cutting board should always be utilized when slicing food.

Contact a countertop service, like Selective Stone LLC, for more help.