Watch out granite, there’s a new favorite in town. Quartz is rapidly taking the top spot for kitchens, baths, laundry room countertops and even fireplace surrounds. One of the toughest surfaces on earth, quartz countertops withstand the knocks and bangs of dishes, pots, and pans, as well as resisting scratches, stains, and spills.
#1 What are quartz countertops made of?
Unlike natural stone slabs, most quartz countertops are engineered. They’re made from a primary ingredient of ground natural quartz that’s joined with polymer resins to bind it. The outcome is an astonishingly durable surface that offers color and design flexibility.
#2 What kind of design options are there for quartz?
Whether your kitchen style is old-style, modern or eclectic, there’s a quartz color to suit each project. By adding pigments to the quartz and resin mix, manufacturers can offer a dazzling array of color and texture selections, 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.
#3 Where is quartz best used?
The great durability of quartz makes it ideal for several 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.