Natural quartz is one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. It is nonporous and
will not absorb food and liquids, best of all it is maintenance-free.
Quartz countertops are durable and very resistant to surface damage. However, all stone can
be damaged by force and no stone is chip-proof. They can be damaged by sudden and/or rapid
change of temperature. Quartz material may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from
pots and pans and other cooking units. A hot pad or trivet is always recommended.
Although some quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone,
the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes
approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is
a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array
of colors. And for many of the homeowners choosing quartz, those virtually unlimited color
options are what sold them.
Quartz countertops allow for a variety of edging options, just like natural stone. Unlike
stone, however, engineered quartz also offers other design possibilities. Because it’s
more flexible to work with and is held in place using glue and epoxy instead of screws, quartz
can be used on larger vertical surfaces like backsplashes and even shower enclosures, without
the fissures and seams often all too visible with natural stone.
With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers
a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops
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