Unlike natural stone slabs, most quartz countertops are engineered. They’re made from a primary ingredient of ground natural quartz that’s combined with polymer resins to bind it. The end result is an amazingly durable surface that offers color and design flexibility.
Engineered quartz is inherently nonporous, making it resistant to stains and scratches. How does 99.9 percent bacteria free sound? That’s another bonus to being nonporous. The resin content of engineered quartz makes it impact resistant as well. Granite, a natural stone, will crack under pressure if faced with a hard blow.
Whether your kitchen style is traditional, modern or eclectic there’s a quartz color to suit every project. By adding pigments to the quartz and resin mix, manufacturers can offer a dazzling array of color and texture options that would otherwise be impossible with 100 percent natural stone. For added visual pop, some products also contain small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks.
The superior durability of quartz makes it ideal for a number of applications. From kitchen, bath and laundry room countertops, to fireplace surrounds and outdoor kitchens, quartz offers a wide-range of options. Quartz can also be used on large vertical surfaces such as shower enclosures or backsplashes.
It’s easy, no maintenance required, aside from regular day-to-day cleaning. Quartz does not need to be sealed like granite. Most 100 percent natural stone products require a regular application of sealants or waxes to protect against natural pits and cracks. With quartz you can enjoy its natural beauty without the worry of upkeep.
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