Quartz countertops are engineered from approximately 93% natural quartz, blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments to create an elegant work surface. Our customers at Chicago Stone Source find them ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, bar tops, vanities, wall paneling and commercial interiors. Quartz comes in a range of gorgeous colors and finishes to suit any interior design style. The surface is extremely solid, making it resistant to acids that may otherwise cause stains or etching in other materials. Quartz works well in applications that require precision and premium-quality performance.
Quartz countertops generally do not need sealing and minimal maintenance will have them gleaming for many years. Wipe them down with water and a mild detergent free of bleach or abrasive ingredients; also, avoid using cleaners with wax, polish or high-PH formulas. If you do spill liquids such as wine, tea or lemon juice, take action quickly to clean stains. When chopping, use proper cutting boards and always place hot dishes on a trivet.
When comparing different countertop materials, it’s helpful to look at the pros and cons of each. Quartz countertops are similar to granite in terms of durability, and both will last for many years with regular cleaning and maintenance. They also share such qualities as heat-resistance, tolerance to scratches and protection from stains, so they’re ideal in kitchens and bathrooms. Quartz countertops may be costly compared to laminates, ceramic tile or concrete, but they deliver when it comes to longevity and durability.
As compared to marble, quartz is engineered for toughness and strength. However, quartz is a manufactured stone and it is hard to duplicate the veining and pattern look you get from genuine marble or granite. Quartz is approximately 20% to 40% more expensive than granite.