Quartz is one of the most popular countertop materials installed in modern kitchens. It’s the new granite, according to many. If you’re considering installing quartz in your kitchen or bathroom, here’s what you need to know about this versatile and durable countertop material.
What is quartz made of?
Quartz is a natural mineral found in the earth. However, when most people talk about quartz countertops, they’re talking about an engineered stone that is produced by mixing ground quartz with resins. The resulting material is extremely hard, stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and low maintenance.
How is quartz different from marble and granite?
Quartz countertops are a man-made product engineered to be ultra-durable and long-lasting. Quartz can be made to resemble a variety of natural stone types, including marble and granite. It can take on a number of colors and patterns.
Granite and marble are natural stones. Granite is long-lasting, durable, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant when properly sealed. Granite comes in a variety of colors including white, black, and brown.
Marble is softer than granite and scratches more easily. If properly maintained and regularly sealed, marble can be stain-resistant and long-lasting. Marble comes in many colors but is most commonly available in gray and white.
Many people are unable to tell the difference between marble, granite, and quartz-based on looks alone. Long-term performance and maintenance are the biggest differences between these three materials.
Will quartz products vary in color?
Yes, quartz can be almost any color, though it is most commonly available in colors that are common to natural stone, including gray, brown, black and white.
Can quartz chip?
Quartz is very chip-resistant. It is possible to chip quartz, but it is rare.
Is quartz durable?
Quartz will last a lifetime (and then some!), even with minimal maintenance. Even after years of use, it does not need to be resealed or specially treated in any way. It is stain-resistant and scratch-resistant.
What should I look for when buying quartz countertops?
- Color – Choose what looks right in your kitchen or bathroom.
- Quality – Buy from a reputable dealer with a good reputation in your community.
- Cost – Shop around to find a product that fits in your budget.
Do quartz countertops stain or scratch?
Quartz is non-porous, so it remains stain resistant even when unsealed. It is also ultra-hard and should not scratch. Avoid scraping it unnecessarily to maintain your counters, but rest assured it is not fragile.
Can you put hot pans on quartz?
You should not put hot pans on quartz. It may not crack, but it can be discolored. Use a trivet or a hot pad, or place your hot pans on your cooktop rather than your quartz countertop.
Can you cut directly on quartz?
Cutting directly on quartz from time to time is unlikely to cause scratches. However, quartz is not completely immune to scratches (as nothing truly is). In addition, quartz could damage your knives (because the surface is so hard), and it also makes a loud noise when impacted by metal. So for the sake of your counters, your knives and your personal comfort, use a cutting board while preparing food.
What kind of maintenance does quartz require?
Clean it! Cleaning makes your quartz a safe surface for food prep and prevents the spread of germs in your kitchen. Clean spills as soon as they occur, and clean the countertops after every use. For standard cleaning, use a rag dampened by soapy water. For deep cleaning, use cleaning products made specifically for quartz.