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Unlike natural stone slabs that are mined from pure materials in a quarry (such as granite and marble), Cincinnati quartz slabs are made in a factory from crushed stone held together by an adhesive. For quartz kitchen countertops, the crushed stone is typically about 93% naturally hard, ground quartz and the adhesive is a mix of resins, polymers and pigments.

Quartz countertops have a similar appearance to natural stone, but they possess some benefits not available with natural materials. One of those benefits is that quartz can be engineered to look a specific way. The addition of pigments to engineered stone like quartz during manufacturing also allows a wider array of colors and styles than are available in natural stone.

Quartz: Exemplary Patterns and Variations

Quartz is a great choice whether you prefer the character of natural stone and its “one-of-a-kind” uniqueness or the consistent pattern and color of a manmade material. Manufacturers are increasingly adding the ability to create multi-color slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning that make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Quartz is also highly durable, making it ideal for heavy-use areas like kitchen countertops. Whether you want a Cincinnati quartz kitchen countertop, a quartz bathroom countertop, or maybe something with mitered edge quartz, we are able to supply the Cincinnati quartz countertop slab you need with the patterns and color variations you want for your design.

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Quartz: What You Need To Know
Properties Of Quartz

Practically maintenance-free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat, and impact resistant. Quartz is considered a very durable kitchen countertop material. Thanks to their non-porous surface, engineered quartz countertops don't need to be sealed and resealed like natural stone countertops.

The resins used to bind the materials in quartz countertops together do make the surface a little softer and a little more sensitive to temperature than natural granite. These resins can also degrade and discolor if subjected to strong direct sunlight.

What Does Quartz Look Like?

Available in a wide range of patterns and colors, engineered quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.

The quartz material in engineered stone countertops is compressed into slabs that have similar color and texture to natural granite. But unlike natural stone, the color of engineered stone slabs is more uniform, with fewer variations in tint and coloration. This gives the appearance of fewer “flaws” that you would find in natural stone and a more perfect and uniform look (because it’s made to look that way), as opposed to granite or marble, which have imperfections and wild variations because they are 100% natural stone. Engineered quartz doesn’t have the natural subtle variations in texture and color like granite, so it may be evident that it’s an engineered product.

Quartz is a great choice whether you prefer the character of natural stone and its “one-of-a-kind” uniqueness or the consistent pattern and color of a manmade material. The addition of pigments to engineered stone during manufacturing also allows a wider array of colors and styles than are available in natural stone. Note that manufacturers of engineered stone today are increasingly adding the ability to create multi-color slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning that make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

How Does Quartz Hold Up?

Stone made from quartz is very hard and is highly crack-resistant. On the Mohs scale (which measures the hardness of minerals), quartz ranks a 7 out of 10—roughly the same as granite. The surface is hard to cut, although it is recommended that you use a cutting board to be extra safe.

Quartz engineered stone is a little less heat-resistant than granite or marble because of the polymer that binds it together, so it can be damaged by sudden temperature changes. Manufacturers recommend that hot pots and pans not be put directly on the surface.

Engineered quartz is not porous like marble and granite, so quartz countertops are excellent at withstanding stains from oil, wine, juice, and other liquids. Their low porosity also makes cleaning up a snap and leaves little room for bacteria to get into fissures and pores. Engineered stone is heavily used in hospitals and commercial kitchens for this reason. Engineered stone countertops do not need sealing, so they are lower maintenance as well.

The polyester resins used in engineered stone are not completely UV stable, so engineered stone should not be used in outdoor applications. Continuous exposure to UV can cause discoloration and breakdown of the binder.

The two main drawbacks of Quartz are the slightly higher price than granite and the inability to polish out or repair scratches and stains. Quartz can’t be polished the way that Granite can, so you’ve got to be more careful with it.

How Are Engineered Quartz Countertops Made?

The process of creating engineered stone countertops begins with the selection of raw crystals of the natural (typically quartz or marble) stones. Some companies import boulders and crush them themselves and others buy already crushed stone. These crystals have sizes ranging from coarse grains to pieces the size of rock salt crystals. The ground crystals are then mixed with bonding agents and color.

The mixture is then put under intense heat and pressure through a process called vibro-compaction (vibration + compaction) to form a solid slab. The slab is then cured for three to seven days depending on the specific product and weather conditions. Finally, special machines polish the rough slabs into a uniform thickness - generally between 3/4 inch and 1-1/4 inch wide. It is these finished and polished slabs that you select from to achieve the look you desire.

What Does Quartz Cost?

In Cincinnati, the price of quartz countertops is comparable to granite, ranging from $45 to $150 per square foot. Just like granite, quartz countertops will add incredible value to your home. The fluctuation in price is determined by a few factors, including the thickness of the slab and the installation process.

The 6 Crucial Things You Should Know
Before Choosing A Countertop Company

Google Reviews

It’s simple to see what past customers think of a granite and stone company by looking at online reviews. Google Reviews is a great resource to vet a countertop company. Pure Granite & Stone has a 4.6 star ranking on Google, which is due to our absolute insistence on client satisfaction.

Angie’s List Ratings

Available in a wide range of patterns and colors, engineered quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.

The quartz material in engineered stone countertops is compressed into slabs that have similar color and texture to natural granite. But unlike natural stone, the color of engineered stone slabs is more uniform, with fewer variations in tint and coloration. This gives the appearance of fewer “flaws” that you would find in natural stone and a more perfect and uniform look (because it’s made to look that way), as opposed to granite or marble, which have imperfections and wild variations because they are 100% natural stone. Engineered quartz doesn’t have the natural subtle variations in texture and color like granite, so it may be evident that it’s an engineered product.

Very few companies win the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. You can be sure any company that has won this award recently is in good business standing, carries the proper licenses, passes background checks, maintains an “A” quality grade, and has exceptional reviews.

HomeAdvisor Ratings

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How Long They Have Been In Business

You don’t want to put your granite and stone project in the hands of a company that is not financially stable. A new or financially-shaky company may make you pay 100% up front to cover the cost of the materials, and they are not always reliable in case there is warranty work.

Pure Granite & Stone is a family-owned company that’s been in business for more than 10 years. That not only speaks to credibility, expertise, and customer satisfaction, but to financial strength too. We have a well-deserved reputation for being highly ethical, standing behind our work, and delivering great value.

Is Their Stone “Hand Cut” And “Hand Polished”?

Larger, more “corporate” companies are primarily concerned with getting done as fast as possible, so they can collect the check and move to the next project. To do this, these companies automate aspects of the stone-cutting process by using machines instead of crafting the stone by hand. The issue with this is that machines do not cut as precisely and can cause imperfections.

Pure Granite & Stone isn’t set up like a factory. Instead, we are set up to work together to create beautiful pieces of art that families and friends will love when they’re sitting around the kitchen table eating, drinking, and talking together. We are meticulous when it comes to cutting your countertops. For example, while edges that come off an automated machine have tiny score lines on them that you can feel, our edges are smooth and silky to the touch.

Is Their Stone Selection Process Simple And Customer Focused?

If you do it “their” way, by the time your countertops are installed and ready to use, you’ll have invested countless hours visiting stone wholesalers, waiting for workers to come move large slabs of stone with forklifts so you can examine your options, and running back and forth between the stone yard and granite company to manage all the details.

At Pure Granite & Stone, we simplified the process by half. We know that your time is valuable, and that there are many ways to streamline the process to save you energy and help you make better and faster decisions.

Our experts are directly involved in educating you about options, pointing out obvious and hidden features of stones, helping you avoid inexperienced mistakes, and selecting everything you need for a stunning new, long-lasting, stone countertop. As a result, you’ll have a low-stress and pleasant experience that you’ll truly enjoy.