Quartz

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth. Because of this, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. They can also be some of the most beautiful counters around. They come in a wide variety of colors, including reds and greens, as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble.

In the past, the biggest knock against quartz was that it lacked the patterns and color variations you get with natural stone. But that’s irrelevant now, as we are able to offer multihued slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. They were once available only with a polished finish; now you can get one with a honed, sandblasted, or embossed treatment.

The primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94%), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant—and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year. Quartz countertops never need to be sealed. Just wipe with soapy water for daily upkeep. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub. be sure to avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.

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