Are you looking to learn more about quartz countertops? Want to see if quartz is the right countertop choice for you?
Here are answers to the top questions asked about quartz countertops.
1. Are quartz countertops natural stone?
No, quartz slabs are engineered stones. The crushed quartz is used to make quartz slabs are natural stones, but the production of the actual slab is done in a factory. Quartz slabs are made in many countries and imported to the United States. However, some quartz slabs are made in the USA.
2. How are quartz slabs made?
Quartz slabs consist of 90-93% crushed quartz and the remaining consists of polymer resins. The purpose of the resin is to make the crushed quartz stick together, make it a usable material, and give it extra durability. See the steps on how quartz slabs are made:
- Mined: The quartz is mined from the earth and crushed.
- Shipped: Manufactures purchase large amounts of crushed material to use in their production of quartz slabs.
- Mixed: The crushed quartz, polymer resins, and pigments are mixed.
- Poured: The mixture is poured onto a production line and shaped into a slab.
- Remaining Production Occurs: design the pattern, compress, heat, cool, calibrate, polish, and inspect.
3. Can quartz countertops stain?
Nobody wants a stain; the good news is quartz countertops are stain-resistant but not 100% stain-proof. Why? The resins used to make quartz can react to some harsh chemicals if left sitting for a more extended period. If a spill occurs, wipe it up. The best way to prevent stains is to be prepared to clean them up as soon as possible. Quartz is non-porous, so stains will not penetrate, but surface stains can occur. Be mindful of wiping up food or harsh chemical spills; even if a minor stain occurs, there are methods to remedy the mishap.
4. Can I set hot pans on quartz countertops?
No – hot pans cannot be set directly on quartz countertops! Quartz is heat resistant but not heatproof. This is due to the polymer resins used to make quartz slabs. The crushed quartz is heatproof, but the resins that hold the slab together can burn and leave a mark. Use a hot pad or trivet; your countertops will stay pristine without scorch marks.
5. Are quartz countertops more expensive than granite?
Typically, quartz countertops are more expensive than basic-colored granite countertops. However, this isn’t always the case. Many factors determine what you pay for quartz countertops. Some natural stones can cost more than quartz; it depends on the slabs you choose. Typically, higher veined patterned quartz will be more costly, while simple patterns are cheaper. If you are concerned about the price of quartz, talk to your fabricator about how to get quartz countertops on a budget.
6. What are the benefits of quartz countertops?
- Low Maintenance
- No Sealing
- Stain Resistant
7. Why are quartz countertops so popular?
Quartz countertops have been available for many years. However, the boom in popularity took off in the early 2000s. Influenced by tv design shows, the popularity of quartz countertops grew rapidly.
- Consistency in pattern from slab to slab.
- The resemblance of marble without all of the maintenance.
- Variety of colors and designs that can’t be found in natural stone.
- Quartz countertops can have a pure white background, while natural stone is not as white.
8. How do I clean quartz countertops?
Less is more; start with plain warm water and a microfiber cloth. Wipe off your countertops. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry the water off for a streak-free finish. For a little deeper cleaning, use a small amount of dish soap mixed with water. Put it into a spray bottle and use to clean your countertops. Always remove any remaining soapy residue as it can build up over time and make your quartz countertops look cloudy. There are also many great quartz cleaners on the market which work well for cleaning your countertops.
9. Can I put quartz countertops outside?
No, quartz cannot be used outside because the resin used to make quartz slabs can yellow in the sun. The color you fell in love with would not look the same after being out for a while. Plan to use natural stone for your outdoor applications.
10. How large of an overhang can I have without support?
Quartz countertops can have a 12-inch overhang without support. Want a more significant overhang? Several companies sell hidden brackets which can attach to your cabinets or walls and assist in supporting larger overhangs. Pre-plan and know what size overhang you want.