Quartz countertops are a practical and attractive choice -- and you can match them to any decor. Before you make a selection, understand what you are -- and are not -- getting when you install quartz counters in your kitchen.
What is Quartz?
Benefits of Quartz
The material is completely non-porous, stain- and scratch-resistant, tough -- quartz is harder than any other mineral except diamonds -- needs no refinishing, ever, and comes with a polished, honed, sandblasted or embossed finish that faithfully mimics quarried stone.
* One actual stone, quartzite, naturally resembles marble and is a durable-as-granite quarried stone used for countertops. * Quartz counters are a composite, a very high-end option, that may cost as much as stone slabs cut from a quarry.
The Reason for Resin
The resin that binds the quartz takes up dye readily, so counters can be created to look exactly like quarried stone -- or like some fab, mad, intense material the color of green apples, grape jelly or ripe strawberries. Unusual colors that seem like fantasy stone are available per individual supplier or may be custom-ordered.
Conservative and popular quartz counter choices include:
- Cream-colored, brown-veined marble
- White "Carrara" marble with delicate gray veins
- Tan-and-brown or pale, fossil-embedded limestone
- Lapis lazuli glittery blue with shiny glass bits
- Deep charcoal or rusty granite flecked with sparkling crystal
- Purple agate, or pink rose quartz
- Brown-and-gold tiger's eye, or any solid stone hue you crave
For even greater "quarried-stone" veracity, **order counter edges that are chiseled** and rough like raw, broken stone.