Ask a Countertop Installer About Quartz

Updated June 15, 2021
This Angie's List member chose to have quartz installed in his master bathroom. | Photo courtesy of Ron Shafer

Learn the pros and cons of installing quartz countertops.

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Quartz countertops are manufactured from a mixture of natural quartz gravel and polymers with pigment. The percentage of quartz gravel per mix is more than 90 percent. The mix is set in molds to create large slabs.

A settling and pressing process is conducted on the slabs. Condensed and without air pockets, the slabs are heated in a kiln at more than 60 degrees Celsius for about an hour. The surface is then polished and texturized before it's ready to be used in a home.

Specialized machinery cuts the large slabs into the exact measurements for bathroom and kitchen countertops. Standard sizes are cut, but some countertop installation companies do offer custom cuts.

Quartz counters are gaining in popularity because of the many colors and coloration patterns. The product is a quality performer that will last for many years if properly maintained.

Quartz countertops prove to be durable in any home. Manufactured quartz resists chipping and cracking. The surface is also resistant to staining, mildew and mold. Quartz countertops are built for endurance and to withstand normal wear for several generations.

A damp cloth is all that is needed to keep quartz countertops clean, but following the moist washing cloth with a dry towel will prevent water staining. Chemical cleaning solutions should not be applied, because such chemicals can mar the finish and cause staining and loss of shine. The very glossy finishes of quartz countertops are especially vulnerable to harsh chemicals and scrubbing agents.

Like every countertop material available to homeowners, quartz boasts many qualities, both good and bad.

Pros

The surface is non-porous and resistant to scratching.

The color and shine does not diminish over time as long as cleaning and care instructions are followed.

It is easy to keep clean, as quartz countertops just need a moist cloth and a towel to dry after using the moist cloth.

The strength of manufactured quartz is greater than natural marble or even granite.

Quartz resists staining as well as mold.

It comes in almost any color imaginable, and the pigment is even and permanent.

Cons

Some manufactured quartz surfaces cannot stand extreme heat, like a pan taken directly off the hot stove. Setting highly heated utensils and pots on the surface of the quartz countertops can ruin the finish.

Like all stone, quartz is not completely scratch resistant. Using a knife directly on the surface may eventually cause scratching. Heavy, sharp objects can scratch the surface.

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