Quartz countertops are man-made engineered (hence ‘engineered stone’) and formed by combining 90% ground quartz with 10% resin, polymers and pigments to achieve that stone look.
Aesthetic choices -This forms a natural looking surface, which is as hard as granite. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth solid color look. Quartz surfaces work well in all kitchen designs from classic to modern.
Seams – You can expect to see seams in a quartz countertop but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that’s darker in color. It is much easier to hide the seam to a certain extent if you choose a solid color countertop.
Stain resistance – The fact that these countertops contain the resin and polymenrs makes them non-porous and they do not require any sealing – ever. These stones offer a virtually no-maintenance material solution for countertops.
Heat resistance – The countertops are designed to withstand temperatures as high as 150 ̊ C / 300 ̊ F. This may not be as high as you expected as quartz is a stone, but remember that 10% of man made materials – that lowers the heat resistance slightly so it’s best to use heat maps for anything really hot, but you’ll be fine with a cup coffee placed directly onto the surface.
Scratch resitance – The quartz countertops are the most damage restant from sharp knives, abrasive pads and hot pots.
Cleanliness – Looking after your quartz countertop is fast and simple. To clean your countertop, rinse it with warm water and a mild detergent, and it will be as good as new.
Cost – Price ranges between $40 to $90 per square foot, installed. It does depend on the complexity of texture of the countertop.