Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone formed by combining ground quartz (a natural 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 countertops 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 over natural stone. However, because of the resins and polymers used in production, it is not heat resistant and will scorch and melt if a hot pan is placed on the surface. Most quartz is produced in sizes that are not large enough for today’s super-sized islands and may require a seam. See our FAQ for more details.