Quartz countertops are manufactured products often marketed under a variety of brand names. Examples of recognizable industry names are: Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq, Caesarstone and Hanstone. Quartz comes in a variety of shades, colors, and styles. However, the qualities that make this a durable surface are universal among the premium brands, Quartz can add a contemporary or modern look to any home or business, with a rich finish that other manufactured products cannot provide.
Since quartz is a manufactured product, as opposed to natural granite, designs and colors that may not occur in nature are available. Premium Quartz products are manufactured with approximately 93% natural quartz with 7% resin binder, it is also at least as durable natural stone slabs and can withstand high traffic areas and sharp objects without scratching. This material is not as resistant to heat as natural stone, and caution should be used with extremely hot objects. In these circumstances, use of a hot pad or trivet is sufficient to protect your investment.
Unlike marble and granite, quartz is not a porous material and does not have capillary channels between the minerals within the natural stone that absorb liquids and substances. Without much upkeep and maintenance, spilled wine or other liquids can easily be wiped up with no risk of permanent stains. Many companies manufacture their quartz to be hygienic which decreases the chance of these surfaces harboring germs and bacteria. Thus, quartz is a great material to use for bathroom countertops, as well as kitchen countertops and food preparation. Quartz counters require no periodic sealing or maintenance.
Quartz has a comparable price to natural stone like marble and common granites. You can expect to pay between $60 and $100 per square foot for material installed in your home. As long as you are looking for a more modern look instead of a classic style, the price is worth it for this durable, life-long countertop material.
For a low-maintenance, user-friendly, and cost effective installation process, a new quartz countertop will make any homeowner or business happy and appreciative with its appearance and lack of required maintenance!