Unlike natural stone slabs, most quartz countertopsare 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.
3. What kind of design options are there for quartz?
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.