You may have noticed in recent years that quartz countertops have gained greatly in popularity. As an engineered stone (man-made), quartz countertops have the same beauty and uniqueness of natural stone but don’t have some of the durability weaknesses.
Also, because quartz countertops are man-made, the manufacturing process allows a much wider range of colors and patterns than you’ll find in natural stone allowing your design options to soar.
Let’s answer some questions you may have about quartz and quartz countertops.
How is quartz made?
While quartz is a man-made product, it is comprised of both engineered and natural elements. To create quartz countertops, natural quartz crystals are mined from the earth, ground into a dust and then fused with resin binders under intense heat and pressure to form a solid slab of “stone”. During the production process, different pigments are added to offer multihued slabs with flecks, swirls and patterns.
What finishes are available for quartz countertops?
Quartz countertops are offered in a honed, sandblasted or embossed treatment.
Honed countertops have a softer, matte look that can take on the look of slate, concrete or limestone.
For the sandblasted finish, a high-pressure jet applied to the surface produces a smooth abrasion and leaving the material with a slightly scratched (but not rugged) surface. The original color tones and veins will become slightly dulled using this treatment.
The embossed finish offers a slightly leathered look and texture with a soft feel.
What colors are available for quartz countertops?
Because quartz is a man-made product, quartz countertops are available in just about any color you desire—from whites to blacks, tan and neutrals, to reds, blues and more.
Is quartz durable?
Because quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are undeniably one of the most durable option for kitchens. Quartz won’t etch or scratch like its natural counterparts and is quite resistant to staining and heat.
How long do quartz countertops last?
While quartz is extremely durable, they are not indestructible. Over time, quartz countertops may fade if exposed to direct sunlight.
How much maintenance is involved with quartz countertops?
Unlike some granite or marble, quartz countertops never need to be sealed. Just wipe with a mild soapy water for daily upkeep and surface stains can be removed using a gentle cleansing scrub. Never use harsh sponges or scouring pads which can dull the surface.
Does quartz stain?
Quartz is nonporous making it a food-safe surface and stain-resistant finish. Quartz countertops are a great choice for families with children who might tend to spill lots of drinks on the countertop’s surface.
Can quartz be used outside?
Yes, however exposure to direct sun can cause colors to fade or the countertop to warp or split over time. Covered , protected spaces are best when using quartz outdoors.
What are the different types of quartz?
Here at Seacoast Stone, we sell a variety of brands covering nearly every color and pattern combination available. Our product lines include Cambria, QSTONE, Silestone, Spectrum Quartz and Wilsonart.
Please see the pages below for more information on each product line.