There’s a lot to think about once you’ve decided you’re definitely going to renovate your kitchen. It’s especially daunting when you choose the material for your countertops—there are so many options to choose from!

How do you know which type of countertop is best for your kitchen? At Hammerdown, one of our go-to materials for countertops is quartz.

Learn about the beauty and sensibility of quartz:

  1. Quartz countertops are naturally durable

Quartz is a natural mineral that rates very highly on the Mohs hardness scale, which is a universal measure of scratch resistance, meaning the ability of harder material to scratch softer material. Quartz rates a 7.0 which means it’s very scratch resistant. To put this into perspective, only sapphires, topaz, and diamonds rate higher than quartz with a rating of 10.

  1. Quartz countertops are highly stain resistant

Not only is quartz highly resistant to staining, it’s also very easy to clean. That’s because quartz is not porous or non-permeable to fluids, so it’s much less likely to show red wine or tomato sauce blemishes. 

  1. Quartz countertops are highly germ resistant  

That non-porous quality means that quartz is also less likely to store germs which makes it a more hygienic food preparation surface than other materials.

  1. Quartz countertops comes in many options and styles

While the quartz mineral is a natural product, quartz countertops are actually man made, with the raw mineral used to fabricate the stone. This means the manufacturer has a large degree of control over the look of the product, opening up a large range of options. Unlike granite, which is cut from living rock and differs from slab to slab making matching difficult, quartz can be coloured and patterned more consistently throughout. This uniformity means an installer can make necessary seams in a quartz countertop much less visible. And finally…

  1. Hammerdown customers love the look of quartz countertops

Good a reason as any!