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Quartz is an engineered stone with the beautiful look of natural stones accompanied by a very high amount of durability. The material itself is roughly composed of 90-95% natural stone and 5-10% of polymeric or cement-based binder. The stone was developed nearly 50 years ago, and its technology has ever since been developed, allowing new compositions, including a variety of materials such as resin, glass, metal, and many more, for a distinctive look.
Caesarstone Countertops
Driven by sheer passion for design and cutting-edge innovation, Caesarstone countertops has been one of the pioneer manufacturers of quartz countertops since 1987. The brand’s focus on product quality, obsession with detailing, and work ethics surrounding craftsmanship has earned it the reputation it holds in firm hands today. Caesarstone revolutio...
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Caesarstone Countertops
MSI Countertops
Founded as a natural-stone business back in 1975, MSI has since become one of the largest and highest-quality quartz countertops brands in the industry. With over 2,000 employees worldwide, MSI offers the largest product spectrum in the market. The brand focuses on top flooring, wall, and countertop surfaces as its flagship products. Made of top-qu...
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MSI Countertops
Silestone Countertops
Silestone countertops are made with the utmost dedication to quality, endurance, and beauty with the brand's years of experience as a reputable leader in the quartz countertop manufacturing industry. Whether you are looking to install new surfaces for your kitchen or bathroom, Silestone will be your best choice. Silestone quartz countertops offer e...
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Silestone Countertops
Cambria Countertops
Cambria is an American company that beholds the passion of a family-owned business that aims to bring the best designs and highest standards of living to our homes. How do they do that? Simple: they design, manufacture, and distribute some of the highest-quality quartz stone surfaces for our living spaces. As it is evident from its name, the Cambr...
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Cambria Countertops
Dekton Countertops
Dekton surfaces are particularly popular for their futuristic technology processes and rare color spectrums present in their ultra-compact modern countertops. Harboring both natural and daringly contemporary design palettes in its inventory, Dekton countertops are for those that seek a sleek and unique design for their living spaces. In addition t...
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Dekton Countertops

About Quartz Countertops

Quartz has a very low porosity level, and for this reason alone, it is harder and more durable than many natural countertop options, such as granite. The edges of quartz countertops will be more resistant to chipping as well. The low porosity level of quartz has one more additional perk, which is hygiene. A smaller pore structure means less cleaning and fewer bacteria gathered on your kitchen countertops. This is definitely an extra plus on our books when it comes to bearing the COVID-19 pandemic. The only real downside of quartz countertops is that they are slightly less heat resistant in comparison to natural stone countertops and, thus, must be approached with caution when placing a pot, skillet, or similar hot tool upon its surface.

The engineered nature also gives quartz kitchen countertops flexibility in terms of color and style options. The broad spectrum of quartz countertops colors is definitely a plus if you are looking for exotic color options. From classic choices such as white quartz countertops and black quartz countertops to vivid selections such as blue quartz countertops and red quartz countertops, you can pick any color option for your new kitchen.

Last but not least, quartz countertops are a very green-friendly kitchen countertop option. Over 90% of the stone-like material that is crumbled and used for the production of quartz comes from waste by-products from the quarries or manufacturing plants. The resin counterparts used for quartz are also becoming more natural and less synthetic over the years, thanks to technological advances that allow efficient manufacturing techniques.

Quartz countertops begin their journey at quarries much like their natural counterparts such as granite and marble. Quartz can be found all around the world, ranging from China to the United States. The clusters of quartz crystals are extracted then combined with various materials such as resin, glass, and metal. The quartz crystal ratio in the mixture can vary from brand to brand, such as Silestone, Caesarstone, and Cambria. However, the percentage is generally always close to 90 percent.

Quartz countertops range in price starting from around $60 to $80 per square foot. Higher quartz countertops can go all the way up to $110 and up per square foot. The price variation is dependent on the addition of various materials such as rarer crystals, glass, and metal that increase the durability and enhance the look of quartz countertops. Quartz countertops are very durable and will last for a long lifetime. Thus, it is a sound decision to invest in a high-quality quartz countertop for your home’s kitchen.

Quartz countertops are less porous than their counterparts; thus, they are effortless to clean and maintain. You can use daily hygiene products such as mild soap and soft rags to clean your quartz countertops. If you want to take additional precautions regarding the coronavirus, we suggest using a disinfectant product that is non-abrasive towards the sealing of your quartz countertops.

Quartz countertops are very durable in comparison to other kitchen countertops. They will be resistant to chipping, staining and easier to clean due to their less porous structure. However, this does not mean they are totally maintenance-free. We suggest regularly cleaning and maintaining your quartz countertops. You can do this by cleaning spills immediately, applying periodic resealing, and keeping hot kitchenware such as skillets away from your quartz countertops as they are less resistant to heat.

Quartz countertops can be installed in the DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion. However, we highly suggest getting assistance from professionals such as ourselves for a longer lifespan and better placement. Even though quartz countertops are very durable, they might break during your installation and be prone to chipping. Getting the help of a professional mitigates these events as they are under the protection of a warranty during installation by expert artisans.

Quartz countertops are very durable and will last for a long lifetime. We suggest that you take good care of them by periodically cleaning and resealing your quartz countertops. Quartz countertops are less porous than their counterparts, but this does not mean that they are not prone to staining as they also consist of natural stones. That’s why they require high-quality sealing to protect them. For an extended lifetime, we suggest resealing your quartz countertops yearly with the help of a professional to get the best results. Lastly, we highly recommend you refrain from utilizing chemicals such as concentrated alkaline products, oxidizers, free radicals, and high acidity level cleaning products when taking care of your quartz countertops.