What is quartz?
Quartz is a naturally occurring mineral, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. For countertops, quartz crystals are mined and then ground into a powder to make up approximately 93% of the material used in quartz countertops.
How are quartz countertops made?
While specific manufacturing procedures may vary by company, quartz countertops are made by combining the natural quartz with resin, pigments, and any other small decorative elements that change with each color. They are then cut, polished, and shipped to the fabricator.
What makes quartz different from granite?
While both products are comprised of at least 93% naturally-occurring minerals, quartz is engineered to create greater uniformity and precision. For the consumer looking to perfectly implement their vision for their space, quartz provides the assurance of a uniform, finely-tuned product.
Can quartz be used outdoors?
Generally, using quartz in outdoor applications is advised against. Most quartz manufacturers do not cover such usage in their Lifetime Warranties. Use in outdoor applications may result in fading due to prolonged exposure to UV Rays.
Care and Maintenance
Does quartz require care and maintenance?
Since quartz is a nonporous stone product, there is no need for any extensive additional care. This means no additional sealing, polishing, or reconditioning. To clean spills or dirt, simply use warm water and a mild soap.
Can quartz be damaged?
While the greatest risk of damage to quartz is run before the countertop is installed, the possibility of damage still remains. Quartz is more resistant to damage than other stones, but it can still suffer damage, particularly from heavy objects being dropped or scraped across the surface or edge. Such damage may include scratches or chips. If desired, most damage can be dealt with by professional stone care technicians.
Does quartz withstand heat?
Due to the resin contained within, quartz countertops are susceptible to damage from direct high heat. Placing hot pans directly on quartz countertops may cause undesirable damage to the surface of the product. As such, the use of hot pads is always recommended.
Is quartz resistant to staining?
Quartz countertops are largely resistant to staining due to their nonporous surfaces. This reduces the potential for bacteria build-up and any other undesired effects of staining. In extreme cases where a liquid sits on the countertop for extended periods of time, staining may occur. Sitting liquid should always be wiped up.