One of the most attractive qualities of the quartz countertop is its durability.
So many homeowners choose quartz for their kitchens and bathrooms because it resists different elements that would damage other countertops.
Quartz countertops are nonporous and this gives it a high percentage of resistance against heat.
When a quartz countertop is made, it is baked in an industrial oven in heat that ranges from 175 – 185 degrees. This baking process gives quartz countertops resistance to chips, scratches and stains.
It is advised that a quartz countertop is not exposed to overly high temperatures.
For the durability of your quartz countertop, it is important to know what temperature a quartz countertop can withstand, and what temperature is too much.
Quartz Countertop and Excess Heat
Research has proven that the level of heat needed for a quartz countertop to catch on fire is near impossible.
Still, constant and lengthy exposure to excess heat can damage your countertop. This is because of the resin used to make the countertop.
Resins are one of the materials used in making a quartz countertop. This material can resist only 150 degrees of heat.
So if you constantly drop hot pots and pans on your quartz countertop, excessive heat will burn the resin and may permanently damage your countertop.
To avoid this, put hot pans on a kitchen pad or on thick napkins.
Consequence of Excess Heat
When a quartz countertop is repeatedly exposed to excess heat, brown scorch marks will mar the surface.
Should your countertop consists of a bright color such as white, this scorch mark might ruin the appeal of the countertop.
Note that even a hot pan with less than 300 degrees can also result in discoloration if it is left on it for too long. Consistent exposure of your quartz countertop to heat, will discolor it.
The Sufficient Heat Level For A Quartz Countertop
A quartz countertop can withstand about 300 degrees of heat. Before placing a hot object on your quartz countertop, try finding out how hot it is to prevent damage.
You can do this by checking the internet.
While one contact with a hot object might not ruin your countertop, constantly placing the hot object on your countertop will eventually cause damage.
The damage can be discoloration or burns.
Note that the temperature of a baking pan which just came out of the oven is around 570 degrees. While the temperature of a pot which was just taken off the stove ranges from 210 – 300 degrees.
This heat percentage can be too much for your quartz countertop and will eventually discolor it.
How To Prevent Discoloration On Quartz Countertops
You can prevent your quartz countertops from heat damage by:
- Cleaning it frequently: Whenever you make use of your countertop, wipe it down with some soap, water and cloth.
- Using table pads: Protect your quartz countertops by using hot pads. Place hot pads on your countertop and keep hot pans, pots or coffee pots on top it. This will stop the heat from damaging your countertop. For easy reach of your hot pads, keep them close to your stoves and ovens.
- Leaving hot pots on the stove: If you do not want to buy hot pads, you can leave hot pots and pans on the stove until they are cooler. This will also protect your quartz countertops from their heat.
Advantages of Quartz Countertops
1 | Quartz countertops promise durability
Quartz countertops are made of quartz and other binding materials such as resins and pigments. In this combination, quartz make up over ninety percent while the other materials make up ten percent or less.
The percentage of the quartz ensures that the countertop is strong. This strong feature of quartz countertops makes them durable. They can last for many years without a scratch or a chip – as long as they are well maintained.
They are also resistant to abrasives.
2 | Quartz countertops come in different designs
Quartz countertops are made with resins and other pigments that give them a wide range of colors and designs.
Quartz countertops have more varieties in designs than any other countertop. It can even be made to look like marble or granite. You will definitely be able to find a specific color for your quartz countertop.
This gives you the freedom to make a choice. It can also make the shopping process more interesting for you.
3 | Quartz countertops can be easily maintained
It is very easy to maintain quartz countertops. As long as you do not expose them constantly to heat, there will be no risk of discoloration.
Quartz does not require wax coating or sealing like other countertops. All you have to do is clean the countertop with soap, cloth and water and it will be tidy for use.
These countertops also do not absorb stains or moisture. This makes quartz a very sanitary choice.
4 | Quartz Countertops are Non Porous
One of the best features of quartz countertops is their nonporous surface. They do not absorb liquid, heat or any other properties that can cause them damage.
Porous countertops can be unsanitary for kitchen use because over time they absorb germs and bacteria if left untreated.
With quartz countertops, you will not have to worry about this. You can clean your countertop with soap and water and it will not absorb it.
Talk To The Experts
You can learn a lot about your quartz countertops and the level of heat they can withstand by talking to experts. This can help ensure the durability of your countertop.
If you need experts to consult, contact us at RSK Marble & Granite.
With over fifteen years of experience in the kitchen countertop business, we have the knowledge to help with your next project.
Besides giving expert advice on how to care for quartz countertops, we also sell and install quality quartz countertops for residential and commercial properties.
You can locate us at Wilmington, MA area or contact us at (978) 447-1001.