Quartz countertops and slabs are a man made material manufactured from crushed stone and resin. Engineered quartz blends pulverized quartz or other natural stone aggregates like granite and marble with a polymer resin mix. The percentage varies by manufacturer but is usually around 90 percent ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with eight to 10 percent resins, polymers, and pigments.
The biggest advantage of quartz countertops is the low maintenance. Because quartz countertops are a manufactured material, they do not require sealing and are very resistant to staining. Also, being man made, allows for the color and pattern to be very consistent. Although some people prefer the random patterns and color changes that natural stone offers, many want the more uniform scheme that quartz provides. This also allows for easier matching of seams or later additions where the color consistency of quartz would be a benefit.
Quartz is a manufactured product made of crushed quartz and resin. Because of this, quartz countertops are non-porous and don’t require a sealer. For cleanliness, a non-porous surface means that it will not harbor bacteria or viruses. Cleaning quartz countertops is easy and can be done with mild dish detergant and water. Use glass or surface cleaner, along with a nonabrasive sponge, to remove stains. Avoid using harsh abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on your quartz countertios to keep them shiny and prevent dulling. Quartz is a hard surface, but not hard enough to withstand the effects of sharp objects like knives. Make sure to use a cutting board to avoid scratches on your quartz countertops.
Typically, granite has higher heat resistance than quartz, granite at around 450 degrees and quartz up to 150 degrees. Quartz countertops should not be in contact with hot objects for long periods as it could stain or discolor the surface. Quartz countertops are heat and scorch resistant but you should take care to not set hot cookware directly on the surface. Always use a hot pad to protect your quartz from scorching.
Quartz has many uses, because of its non-porous hygienic surface it is perfect for kitchen and bath countertops. It also looks beautiful as a full height kitchen backsplash or island waterfall edge. Elegant, easy-to-maintain, and durable, quartz is a perfect alternative to tile for backsplashes and shower surrounds. Though quartz countertops are not approved for outdoor use, quartz may be used in outdoor kitchens with full overhead coverage from direct sun and the elements.