I've heard a lot about quartz countertops. Can you describe what this is?

Answered by Brendan ~ April 6, 2010 ~ 3 Comments » | Respond to this question

I read recently in Consumer Reports about quartz countertops. What exactly is quartz, and how does it compare to other options for countertops like granite, or marble?

Pam ~ Seattle, Washington

Brendan Fowler

Quartz is an extremely hard naturally occurring mineral. Only diamonds, topaz and sapphire are harder than quartz. Quartz countertops are manufactured out of quartz pieces that are bound together with dyes and resin to create slabs. These slabs are nearly 100% quartz making them extremely strong and hard.

Due to the high quartz content, these slabs are extremely scratch and stain resistant and virtually maintenance free. Compared to granite and marble, quartz requires less maintenance, and stacks up about the same as far as pricing. There is a wide range of style, color and pattern with natural slabs but a wide range of pricing as well.

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