Different Types of Quartz Countertops

Different countertop brands produce engineered quartz using the same patented process.

Cambria

Quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant. Materials may vary slightly, but all products start with more than 90 percent natural quartz, which is finely ground and then formed into smooth slabs. Polymers and pigments are added for strength and beauty. The types of quartz countertops, then, are distinguished by the manufacturers' color and detail options and by their fabrication and delivery programs. Learn which ones suit your criteria for kitchen or bath remodeling.

This family-owned, U.S.-based engineered quartz operation earns high rankings from green builders and conscientious consumers. Unlike all other countertop brands, most of its quartz is quarried in America. A lifetime warranty protects all Cambria purchases.

A central fabricator and a network of local distributors make Cambria's the most efficient production and transportation system for U.S. buyers. Dozens of natural and fashion color patterns appeal to a wide variety of interior decoration plans. Certified installers are available.

Silestone

Silestone is a product of Cosentino, a company headquartered in Spain, with fabrication facilities in California. Silestone is favored in sustainable building projects for its line of recycled-pigment quartz countertops. It also offers built-in Microban protection for a high level of food preparation safety.

Silestone carries a more contemporary color selection than Cambria's, as well as a proprietary leatherlike texture available in some shades. Its warranty is valid for 10 years.

Avanza

Avanza is another choice among countertop brands for efficient U.S. distribution. Manufactured by Cosentino in Texas, the brand maintains a nationwide showroom and installation network. Products and installation are guaranteed for 10 years.

Avanza is known for its Italian-inspired design that is adapted specifically for American home decor needs. It is available only from certified dealers, whose network is not yet as established as the other countertop brands. Therefore, Avanza may take longer to reach your kitchen.

CaesarStone

CaesarStone is the original engineered quartz surface, developed by this Israel-based company in 1987. Steeped in Italian regional stone artisanry, CaesarStone designers achieve high aesthetics with their high-tech manufacturing process.

CaesarStone boasts a well-connected international supply chain, showroom and installation network. Many of its products incorporate recycled content, and warranties insure their quartz countertops' performance for 10 years to life, depending on which line you choose.

Zodiaq

Zodiaq brand quartz countertops are produced by global giant DuPont. Like Silestone, Zodiaq is more widely accessible than some of the designer brands, with samples and stock available at home improvement chain stores.

While color choices are more limited, the same engineered quartz quality applies, along with a 10-year warranty that is transferrable to new homeowners. Zodiaq represents a good investment in a sustainable kitchen or bath remodeling plan.

About the Author

Nancy Clarke began writing in 1988 after achieving her Bachelor of Arts in English and has edited books on medicine, diet, senior care and other health topics. Her related affiliations include work for the American Medical Association and Oregon Health Plan.