1. Is Quartz a Natural Stone, like Granite and Marble?
Quartz is a man-made product that is composed of 93% natural stone and 8% resin, polymers, and pigments. Although it is most commonly referred to as Quartz, it should technically be called “engineered quartz,” so as to avoid confusing it with the natural stone called “quartz” that makes up the content of most granites and other natural stones. For the sake of this blog, we’ll refer to engineered quartz as Quartz (with a capital Q). Quartz is manufactured by several major name-brand companies. Natural mined minerals are mixed with a resin, poured into a mold, and heated at a high temperature in a factory. The way Quartz is compressed and heated in a factory is similar to the way granite is made under the Earth’s surface. Since Quartz is man-made, manufacturers can create a huge variety of finishes available to consumers.
2. How Durable is Quartz?
Due to the way in which Quartz is manufactured, it is highly durable. Quartz is even considered more durable than granite and marble countertops, as it is much more crack-resistant than any true natural stone.
3. Is Quartz Expensive?
As is the case with granite and marble, the price of Quartz can vary drastically based on the color, style, thickness, and manufacturer. Quartz can be less expensive than some marbles and granites. As is the case with natural stone, Quartz is almost always more expensive than laminate and solid surface countertops.
4. Do Quartz Countertops Stain Easily?
No. Quartz is a 99.9% non-porous surface. Quartz can resist staining and water absorption. Meanwhile, the natural pores in marble and granite make it prone to staining and erosion if not properly sealed before being installed in your home. Quartz never needs sealer!
5. Does Marbled Quartz Look Like Marble?
Yes! In fact, marbled Quartz contains a natural veining look that is very similar to the veining found in marble. In addition, Quartz requires less care than marble. It won’t stain as easily, and it won’t need yearly re-sealing—this makes it an excellent choice for a kitchen countertop.
6. Can I Install Quartz Myself?
MGW does not recommend installing Quartz as a do-it-yourself project. Quartz is quite heavy, and the seams require precise measurement and installation. Installing Quartz requires the same technical expertise and precision that is required to install granite or marble. Quartz is best installed by a professional, especially for larger projects.
7. Is Quartz Environmentally Friendly?
Yes! It is both an eco-friendly and sustainable material. Much of the “waste” from stone quarries is recycled to make your Quartz countertops! In addition, Quartz has the longest replacement cycle among all other countertops, and it can be recycled when disposed of. Quartz contains no toxic substances.
8. What Finishes Are Available in Quartz?
Quartz is available in a variety of finishes to suit your taste and your décor needs.
9. Can Quartz Be Used as a Backsplash or Flooring?
Yes! Quartz works great in many transitional or contemporary settings. Quartz adds a clean, streamlined look to your backsplash. You can use larger slabs, which will have fewer seams than a traditional tile backsplash. The look is very sleek and modern, so many homeowners love it.
Quartz is also highly durable for flooring, needing fewer seams and less grout than tile floors. It doesn’t absorb spills and it is very easy to keep clean.
10. How Do You Maintain Quartz?
Quartz offers the convenience of being nearly maintenance-free. Generally, a soft sponge with warm soapy water is sufficient for daily and occasional cleaning. You’ll want to avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they will alter the finish of your Quartz. Use cleaners that are safe for natural stone countertops.
Be sure to use a trivet under anything that is hot or that produces heat, such as pots, pans, deep fryers, and crock pots. At high temperatures, the polymers in Quartz can burn. And although Quartz is stain-resistant, it can absorb a stain that is allowed to sit for an extended period of time. So, wipe up any spills right away. Finally, avoid using your Quartz as a cutting board. Although Quartz is scratch-resistant, it can be scratched by sharp or rough objects.
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