Quartz 101

The other week we talked about marble countertops, and this week we'll delve into the world of the super popular, hard-wearing quartz surface. We use quartz often on projects, it can have the sought after look of marble or granite without the worry of maintenance or staining you run into with a natural material.

Our McLeod Building client's custom vanity featuring a quartz countertop.  

Our McLeod Building client's custom vanity featuring a quartz countertop.

 

So if it's not 100% natural, what is it? Unlike marble, quartz is an engineered product. Don't think you aren't getting any natural rock though- a quartz counter consists of 90% quartz mineral, and up to 10% resin and fillers. Because of this, quartz is non-porous, which means you don't have to worry about spills or sealing. Another amazing quality of quartz is that it is heat and scratch resistant, which makes it pretty low maintenance (and who doesn't love low maintenance!)

Silestone Calacatta Gold Quartz

Silestone Calacatta Gold Quartz

Your next question may be: how is it made? Quartz mineral is ground and mixed with resin and colourants and then set, as opposed to granite, which is cut directly out of rock and into slabs. Veining, glass speckling, and colour can be manipulated, making it customizable in some cases!

When it's all said and done, quartz is really a phenomenal product. Its price point is similar to granite or marble, in some cases it can be less. It really comes down to maintenance and care vs. the look of natural stone. The variations, patterns and colour that you can find in custom stone is unmatched in quartz. Just like everything in life its about trade offs. 

Image via digsdigs.com

Image via digsdigs.com