Quartz, or engineered stone countertops have become a popular choice in recent years. Quartz countertops are made by combining ground natural quartz, resin, binders and the desired colorant. A ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin and pigments is generally used.
Quartz countertops are highly stain resistant, have a very low water absorption rate, and do not require sealing. However, approximately 7% of quartz countertop is composed of petroleum based resin and pigments. Resin will react with some chemicals. Also, sodium hydroxide and permanent markers can permanently stain a quartz countertop. With normal use, staining will never be an issue with quartz countertops.
Although quartz is very scratch resistant it can scratch. Tight-grained, dark, solid colors are especially susceptible and scratches are difficult to fix. We do recommend using a cutting board on your quartz countertop.
Quartz countertops are heat resistant but not heat-proof, so the counter can withstand limited exposure to hot items. A steaming mug of coffee or a warm plate of food isn’t going to cause a problem. However, a searing hot pot or frying pan placed directly on a quartz countertop could damage it. Prolonged exposure to high heat can leave marks or discoloration on the countertop. We suggest using a trivet or hot pad to maintain the quality of your countertop.
There are many quartz manufacturers to choose from. They all essentially use the same type of machinery to make quartz slabs. However, the chemical formulations and processes each manufacturer employs yields different results in terms of color, look, price and finish. The real difference is in the look each manufacturer achieves with its own unique color palette.