When it comes to selecting a material to use for your kitchen countertops, the process can be daunting. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the colour, texture and material you choose will have a huge influence on the overall appearance – and functionality – of your kitchen.
HanStone Quartz is arguably the best all-rounder on the market – a perfect compromise between effortless style and aesthetics, durability, and longevity – cultivating countertops which are easy to maintain, and stand the test of time, while managing to sacrifice none of the style.
Because HanStone Quartz is available to purchase in over 60 colors in North America, there’s a huge selection of colours and textures to choose from, depending on the atmosphere you want to create in your kitchen – whether you’re opting for a cool modern look, or an earthy cottage vibe.
In addition to producing countertops which closely resemble kitchen work surface favourites such as granite and marble, the unique HanStone Breton™ manufacturing process allows for the inclusion of materials such as colored glass, mirrors, mother-of-pearl, or even fragments of semi-precious stones like amethyst, which can be embedded in the HanStone Quartz.
Whatever thickness, width and length of material you need to create your countertops, Columbus HanStone quartz can be made to measure – and the many different varieties available ensure that there’s a HanStone Quartz product to suit every budget.
So, what actually is HanStone Quartz?
HanStone Quartz is made from 93% natural quartz, one of the hardest substances found within natural granite. Earning a rating of 7 out of 10 on the hardness scale, HanStone is only beaten in hardness by rocks such as sapphire, topaz and – the hardest material of all – diamond.
This makes quartz naturally more scratch resistant than many other rocks, such as marble or granite. In fact, HanStone Quartz has been found to be six times as strong as granite, one of the hardest, most durable rocks available for use in kitchen countertops.
Moreover, the natural mined quartz is combined with top tier polyester resins to make HanStone Quartz lower maintenance than any other natural stone surface, as the polyester counteracts the quartz’s natural porousness.
Lastly, the natural quartz – commonly white quartz – is infused with pigment to create natural, varied looks, ranging from the pearliest whites, to the darkest greys, in addition to river, rose and forest tones, among many other colours and textures.
Why should you consider HanStone Quartz over natural rock such as granite or marble?
While the beauty and brilliance of granite and – particularly – marble countertops can’t be disputed, using pure, natural rock comes with a number of drawbacks when it comes to functionality.
Here are a few reasons why HanStone Quartz might be a better granite or marble alternative:
HanStone Quartz is incredibly stain resistant.
Due to the high-quality resin combined with the natural quartz, HanStone Quartz – unlike other rocks, such as marble – is non-porous, meaning that spillages sit on top of HanStone Quartz countertops, and wait patiently to be cleaned off, rather than seep into the rock, causing irremovable stains.
Marble, on the other hand, is porous, which means that substances like tomato juice, wine, and even seemingly risk-free liquids such as water – when it’s left on the surface for too long – can all seep into the rock and alter its colour. To counteract this effect, marble needs sealing at least once annually.
In contrast, HanStone Quartz never needs sealing, yet you can still expect to enjoy stain-free surfaces for its entire life. What’s more: HanStone Quartz is also bacteria and heat resistant, so no nasty bugs get trapped in the rock, and there’s no need to panic that you’ve ruined the surface if you put down a hot baking tray onto a HanStone Quartz countertop.
HanStone quartz is scratch and chip resistant.
Due to the incredible strength of quartz as a rock, HanStone quartz is six times as strong – and six times as durable – as granite surfaces which, themselves, are known for being the stronger countertop material, and the more durable marble alternative.
This means that HanStone Quartz surfaces are rarely scratched or chipped, allowing them to maintain their flawless finish from the beginning to the end of their life.
HanStone Quartz is low maintenance.
Unlike other natural rock, such as granite and marble – which require sealing annually, in order to reduce the amount they stain, and retain spillages – HanStone Quartz never needs sealing, so after it’s installed, your countertops are unlikely to need professional attention ever again.
Moreover, because HanStone quartz is so hard, it’s incredibly difficult to scratch or chip – unless, for example, you were to scratch a diamond down its surface – so you’ll never need to have the surface polished, buffed or fixed by countertop fixing professionals, as long as you show your countertops the very basic amount of care.
And, if you need to clean your HanStone Quartz surfaces, all you need to do is use warm soapy water, to return any dirty countertop to its original, timeless brilliance.
For these reasons, HanStone Quartz is the go-to choice for architects and homeowners alike, as no other surface can compare to the range of benefits afforded by HanStone Quartz, with its unparalleled consistency of colour and texture, in addition to its high quality, natural-looking appearance.
Is HanStone Quartz a viable marble alternative?
One of the reasons why marble is such a desirable stone – and a popular choice for kitchen countertops – is its natural beauty. Natural marble is often white, always shiny, as well as uniquely veined and rich with texture, making it an incredible decorative statement in your kitchen.
Yet, unfortunately, the stone is also innately soft, making it extremely prone to scratches and chips, and – like most rocks – marble is highly porous, meaning that it retains stains; this is particularly problematic considering its flawless snowy beauty, which could be so easily ruined by a spilled can of tomato juice.
Many of the HanStone Quartz variations are made with white quartz, echoing the marble-effect to an almost indistinguishable degree. Likewise, the veining in each slab of HanStone quartz countertop reflects the natural veining present in all marble work surfaces and countertops.
Another of marble’s most desirable is that it comes in a huge array of styles, meaning that you can choose a marble countertop to perfectly fit with the overall aesthetic of your kitchen.
Likewise, HanStone quartz has over 60 different varieties, to give customers the best possible chance to find their perfect countertop, making it the perfect marble alternative; even if you want the authentic white marble look, the natural white quartz used to create the Columbus HanStone Quartz countertops is almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
Where can you get the best HanStone Quartz countertops?
Based in Columbus Ohio, Distinctive Kitchen & Bath is central Ohio’s leading countertop fabricator and – even more crucially – it’s the largest HanStone fabricator in the region, allowing them to offer the best price for HanStone quartz countertops and Countertops to their customers.
With 25 years of experience and expertise in installing granite, marble, quartz and quartzite materials, Distinctive Kitchen & Bath likewise work with some of the biggest brands in countertop materials, such as Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone and – of course – HanStone.
All HanStone quartz countertops are produced in North America, and the white quartz countertops from Distinctive Kitchen & Bath is produced in London, Ontario, with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that fabricates using CNC water /diamond. More than this, Distinctive K&B perform all of their installations themselves – there’s no subcontractors in the middle, pushing up the price.
So, as long as you’re local, you’ll be able to obtain your desired kitchen countertops – a bargain of the highest quality – in absolutely no time.
If you’re concerned about budget – don’t worry. Distinctive Kitchen & Bath offers a range of HanStone quartz products which cater to every budget. Moreover, they specialize in aiding with new builds, remodelling, multi-family projects, to dealing with bigger corporations, so the team at Distinctive K&B know how to cater to your specific situation.
More than this, Distinctive Kitchen & Bath also offer Hanex solid surfaces – as a complement to HanStone quartz – as an acrylic solid surface brand, that provides clean, smooth, durable surfaces which are easier to clean and maintain, making Hanex perfect for schools, hotels, restaurants, and any other busy, high-impact locations, where time is of the essence, and durability is a must.
To begin your countertop selection journey – and to see the incredible range of HanStone quartz countertops for yourself – visit the Distinctive Kitchen & Bath showroom in Columbus, Ohio 6325 Busch Blvd., Columbus Ohio
Open from 8am-5pm Monday until Friday, and at 9am until 3pm on weekends, you can shop at the showroom with confidence, thanks to Distinctive K&B’s rigorous cleaning process and social distancing measures, which ensure that both customers and staff are always safe, allowing them to continue to build their dream kitchen.