Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, which makes it a great choice if you need countertop surfaces that can stand up to wear and tear. Unlike natural stone countertops, however, quartz models are factory engineered from 94 percent quartz combined with polyester resin and pigments. This allows you to choose from a diverse range of colors and styles, including reds, greens, creams, and neutrals with sparkles, marbling, or veining. Polished, matte, and textured finishes are available.
Quartz countertops are non-porous and resist scratches and stains. Unlike granite, which needs to be sealed once a year, quartz is a low-maintenance option that does not require resealing. Just wipe up stains immediately and avoid harsh chemicals. Also, although this surface resists heat and scorching, you should use a hot pad for dishes straight out of the oven.
If you're concerned about your environmental impact, quartz countertops will keep you living green. They are made from recycled materials rather than new raw materials, making them a sustainable choice.