NEED QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS?
Are quartz countertops the right choice for your kitchen?
As quartz is man manufactured, it does not have the same natural look when compared to mined materials like Granite or Marble. However, there have been new advancements in stone manufacturing which try to recreate a more natural look in quartz. On the other hand, if you are a fan of stylish, clean and minimal designs inspired by latest trends from Italy, then quartz countertops could fit well in that look.
- Manufacturing process allows a wider variety of colors and designs, so you can be more creative with your kitchen remodeling project
- Non porous material, so you do not have to worry about spills
- It will not chip, and is scratch resistant, ideal material if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen
- Low maintenance, easy to clean
- Not so resistant to heat when compared to other materials, so you should be careful with placing hot dishes on the surface
- Higher tier when it comes to price, but still competitive with other materials
- Not the best solution for outdoor use
Quartz Countertop Information
Quartz is a type of man-made material (an engineered stone), made from natural silicon dioxide and synthetic materials. More than 90 percent of its substance is composed of ground quartz, and rest is polyester resin. It was originally produced in Italy, where the technology for quartz production was first developed.
Due to its engineered qualities quartz is more more durable, less-porous and more resistant to direct damage compared to its natural counterparts. Because of this, quartz is popular in kitchen countertops, indoor walls, floor tiles, and fireplaces. You can read more about how quartz is made, and how it compares to a more natural stone like Marble.
Note that quartz should not be confused with Quartzite, which is a natural type of material mined from the earth, and does not involve technological processes during its creation. Although the names sound the same they posses very different qualities.
Since quartz is manufactured, there are a few types of popular quartz brand names, we work with all stone manufacturers and can help you acquire the brand that is best for your project.
Silestone – Made by a highly reputable eco-friendly Spanish company. This type of stone consists more than 94 percent of pure quartz mineral. Top tier durable type of material, for both kitchen and bathroom installments.
Cambria – An American quartz company, this reputable domestic brand offers quality, durability, and design excellence.
Caesarstone quartz – Top choice among interior designers, due to widest selection of available designs.
- Quartz is less resistant to heat, so you need to be mindful of placing hot objects on it.
- Quartz is hard, dense and able to endure impact, which makes it best solution for a busy kitchen
- It rarely ever chips and scratches
- It does not require any sealant
Quartz is generally used indoors and may not be the best option for outdoor projects, mainly because the surface color may fade after prolonged exposure to sunlight. As a nonporous material, you can best utilize quartz countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, since your countertop will be better protected from accidental chemical skills.
Quartz is man made material, created in an industrial setting, where complex technologies are used to ensure quality and durability. That is why its price can be compared to some of higher end natural materials.
If you want the hardiness and security of engineered stone, but you still want to save some money, contact our stone yard, and see if we have some quartz remnants available in our inventory, these are great for small bathroom projects as you'll be using leftover pieces of larger slabs.
If you need some inspiration for your kitchen remodeling project, take a look at some of our previous projects, or you can get some inspiration for quartz projects here. We've also written guides to help you match your new counters with cabinets and backsplashes.
How long does quartz last?
Quartz can last a long time, especially since it scratches and cracks less than other stones.
Is quartz a good pick for a kitchen?
Since quartz can resist most scratching and staining, it is a great option for kitchens.
Does quartz scratch?
Quartz rarely scratches with daily wear and tear. However, you should avoid cutting directly on it.Does quartz require maintenance?
Quartz is one of the best low-maintenance stones so you don’t have to worry about it and doesn’t require regular sealant.
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