Quartz counter-tops are man-made engineered stone formed by combining ground quartz (a naturally hard mineral) with resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. Since quartz is a man-made material, it offers a more consistent look than a natural stone which some people may find more desirable.
Quartz counter-tops are becoming a very popular choice in today’s homes. With its stain resistance and no need to reseal yearly, it provides a maintenance free advantage. However, because of the resins and polymers used in production, it is not heat resistant and not UV rated for direct sunlight applications. Most quartz is produced in sizes that are not large enough for today’s super-sized islands and may require a seam.
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