Quartz countertops are a relatively new material. Because of its great qualities such as their attractive appearance, durability and the fact they don’t have some of the weaknesses of natural stone, Quartz countertops are increasing in popularity.
Quartz, also called engineered stone countertops, is a manufactured product and is a very attractive alternative to granite, marble and concrete. The manufacturing process of granite offers a wider range of color and pattern choices than natural stones such as marble or granite. The finished appearance of engineered stone is elegant, clean and durable.
Quartz has a depth that can’t be produced with solid surface materials like Corian.
Quartz Pros & Cons…
Quartz is one of the strongest materials on the planet.
Quartz countertops are stronger and more flexible than granite. This makes them easier to work with during the fabrication and installation process.
Quartz’s inherent strength makes it extremely durable.
That said, don’t confuse “durable” with “indestructible”. There’s no material like that.
Quartz surfacing is non-porous and doesn’t require any sealing.
Quartz being a non-porous material is a huge benefit because that means you don’t need to worry about bacteria and other germs growing in any nooks and crannies. Bottom line… quartz is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.
Quartz countertops are stain-resistant.
Dropping a glass of wine or other staining substance on quartz simply requires a damp cloth to clean.
Quartz colors are uniform.
What you see in the showroom or from a sample is what you can expect to see in your home.
Quartz countertops can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight.
For this reason, we don’t recommend quartz surfacing for use outdoors, since you’ll see the difference in color over time.
You can expect to see seams with a quartz counter
Countertop seams will be less visible if you choose a slab that has more patterns. Seams tend to stand out on solid colors while patterns help conceal them.