Quartz FAQs

In the market for a highly durable and eye-catching countertop material? Think Quartz Countertops. Homeowners, designers, and developers are drawn to incorporating quartz into projects because of its pristine appearance, low maintenance, and durability ratings. Given these qualities, quartz can be used in a variety of residential and commercial projects.

Check out the Q&A below to master this countertop material:

Q: In which areas of the home should quartz be used?

A: Use quartz for kitchen counters, bathroom vanity tops, fireplaces, shower surrounds, windowsills and coffee tables. Businesses can use quartz for food service counters, conference tables and reception tops. Just remember that quartz cannot be used for exterior purposes as it can discolor with too much exposure to ultraviolet light.

Q: How is quartz produced?

Quartz is a manufactured surface that is made by mixing 95% ground natural quartz with 5% polymer resins. The result is a material that still looks natural, but the engineering provides for more consumer customization based on the individual’s design plans.

Q: What color options are available for quartz countertops?

A: The color palette is very broad, giving you many options to choose. Available colors range from neutrals like creams, browns and blacks to apple-reds and grassy-greens. Regardless of decor, quartz will complement a traditional, modern, or contemporary theme. For an added effect, recycled glass or metallic flecks are added in certain lines during the manufacturing process.

Q: Are quartz countertops really indestructible?

A: No. Quartz, like any countertop surface, can be damaged with extreme abuse. If in fact you are able to chip the edge, we will be able to repair the damage in most cases. Since quartz is not porous, it is easy to keep bacteria-free for a healthy home and some manufacturers also add silver ions to aid in repelling bacteria.

Q: Do quartz countertops need to be sealed like granite?

A: No. Quartz countertops do not require the resealing needed for surfaces like granite. Extra maintenance is practically nonexistent if the countertops are cleaned on a daily basis or after use.

Q: What special precautions should be taken when cooking near quartz?

A: Quartz can be affected by extreme heat, so manufacturers recommend using cutting boards, trivets and hot pads while preparing meals. Quartz is very durable, but remember that any material can be damaged if not cared for properly.

Quartz can offer simplicity in both design and care with the added benefit of flexibility in color schemes. View the styles of quartz countertops we offer in our St Louis area showroom. No matter the material you decide to buy for your next home or business remodel, do your research and ask questions to find the right surface to fit your lifestyle.

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