Quartz Countertops are manufactured from one of the hardest minerals on the planet, making them one of the most durable options for kitchens. They create a stunning aesthetic for any home and come in a myriad of color and style options including some more “off-the-wall” or nontraditional looks like bright reds, greens, and blues, along with traditional earth-tones like tans or browns.
Unlike natural geological stone slabs that are mined, the majority of countertop slabs are engineered by designers in a factory. Ground quartz is combined with a polyester resin to bind the material and pigments are added to shade it with color.
For some designs, quartz countertop manufacturers will add in a small amount of recycled glass or metal flake the mix, creating the swirls and sparkles that mimic the look of a marble or granite slab.
This composition helps to make kitchen quartz countertops both stain and scratch resistant and adds nonporous properties so there is no need for any sealers. Compared to traditional granite or marble countertops which generally require new protective coating each year.
Granite slabs are 100% natural, mined from pure stone. Though they are filled with other dense stones to add to the reliability and durability of the slab, all materials used in composition occur geologically in nature.
Quartz countertops, however, are manufactured from crushed quartz stone that is combined with pigment and resin as a binding agent. Not entirely composed from naturally occurring materials, quartz countertops still contain over 90% actual quartz.
The coloration of quartz is more consistent throughout and is available in a wider variety of color hues due to the pigments that are added to the quartz during manufacturing. The look of granite is buttressed by natural variations and hues within the stone that are caused by the formation process of the cooling and solidifying of molten material.
No two granite countertops are exactly the same, and while granite may be strikingly beautiful, there are some structural downsides versus that of quartz. When installing countertops, granite must be sealed, and then resealed on a regular basis. Quartz countertops do not require nearly the same level of care.
Granite is a highly durable material that is resistant to heat and many abrasive kitchen elements. Granite can chip and crack easier than engineered quartz, and due to the porous nature of the stone, if spilled liquids are left standing, countertops can stain.
Quartz is a harder, denser stone than granite and therefore more durable. Engineered quartz is a nearly indestructible material, and because of the resin composed construction, it is much easier to keep your countertops bacteria-free. The downside of quartz in this regard is that it can be permanently damaged by excessive heat, unlike a granite countertop which is highly heat resistant.
Stone International takes pride in our humble beginnings. Founded on an idea of providing discount kitchen countertops and cabinets to our customer base made with quality materials. The foundation of our company is something that we still strive to achieve each day for every client, no matter how large or complicated a project might be. The results we offer are something that can be felt throughout the process from beginning to end, in both the finished product and our customers’ experiences.
We embrace the value of being a family operated, American-made company, and believe in consistently examining every facet of our business to ensure that we provide our customers with the quality of products and services that they deserve. Through preeminent product and service excellence, Stone International has rapidly made ourselves a leader in our industry.