What are the Benefits of Using a Quartz Countertop in Your Kitchen?

Engineered Quartz is a tempting alternative to¬†granite¬†and¬†marble¬†as a¬†kitchen¬†countertop¬†material. As a matter of fact, it’s demand continues to rise over recent years. Thanks to advancing technology, the product continues to improve in terms of quality and appearance. As such, quartz slabs today are more durable than ever. Furthermore, they require minimal¬†upkeep, unlike natural stones.

If you are curious to know more about the stone, here’s a list of FAQs about Engineered Quartz:

Frequently Asked Questions: Engineered Quartz

What is an Engineered Quartz Surface?

A relative newcomer to the stone industry, Engineered Quartz is consists of ninety-three percent (93%) stone aggregates and seven percent (7%) polyester resin. These components are pressed into slabs using highly advanced machinery. Under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure, they make up an incredibly dense, non-porous surface. Hence, unlike natural stones in general, Engineered Quartz does not require any sealingРever.

L-shaped white quartz countertop and kitchen island in Lanang, Davao City
White Engineered Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Island in Davao City

What Do Quartz Slabs Look Like?

Engineered Quartz surfaces¬†come in a broad spectrum of different¬†color and pattern combinations, some of which emulate the appearance of natural stones. Hence, it is sometimes referred to as “synthetic granite” or “synthetic marble” by some¬†countertop suppliers here in the¬†Philippines. Whether your kitchen requires warm earth tones or deep red and crisp¬†white surfaces, you will always find one available.

Engineered Quartz addresses the limitations of natural stone countertops, like the softness of marble and the porosity of granite.

Also, the material offers a consistent appearance throughout its entire surface. It achieves a controlled blend of color, pattern, and texture. It has the consistency which is impossible to find in any granite tile or marble slab. Thus, you can expect that the sample you will receive will be the same as the one for your project.

Furthermore, the¬†edges¬†of engineered quartz can be custom-fabricated similar to natural stone. Choose from a variety of designs, such as “eased,” “bevel,” and “bullnose,” for your quartz countertop to match your kitchen’s interior.

U-shaped Black Sapphire quartz kitchen countertop in Cagayan de Oro City
Black Sapphire Engineered Kitchen Countertop installed in Cagayan de Oro City

How Durable is a Quartz Countertop?

The material addresses the limitations of natural stone countertops (e.g., the softness of marble, the porosity of granite, etc.). This does not mean, however, that it is a better product compared to other materials. Despite its many advantages, it has some drawbacks as well.

Much like natural stone slabs, seams on quartz countertops are evident. Although it is not as far visible as the seams in granite or marble applications, it is not as inconspicuous as the seams in solid surfaces either.

Moreover, prolonged exposure to heat OR any direct contact with acidic or alkaline solutions can damage its¬†surface. Direct sunlight may also cause quartz to “yellow.”

L-shaped white engineered quartz countertop in Laguindingan
White Sapphire Engineered Quartz Countertop in Laguindingan

Engineered Quartz surfaces come in a broad spectrum of different color and pattern combinations, some of which emulate the appearance of natural stones

How Much Does a Quartz Countertop Cost?

Here in the Philippines, a quartz slab costs between Php5,000 to Php12,000 per square meter. The price depends on the stone’s brand, quality, dimension, and thickness. On average, plain and speckled slabs cost lower those which have marble-like patterns. Furthermore, expect to shell out more cash for branded slabs, such as Cambria and Caesarstone.

In terms of cost, compared to natural stones, quartz is typically more expensive than granite. On the other hand, it is equal or sometimes more affordable than marble (depending on the color and grade).

Given these pros and cons, if you have set your mind on quartz, it is essential to know that it should be correctly installed only by an experienced professional. After all, who would want to pay for an expensive material just to be ruined by poor craft?

If you have any inquiries or concerns with regard to engineered quartz, feel free to contact a Stone Depot branch nearest you. We’d be happy to assist you with everything you need to know. We’re open Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 5 PM. On Saturdays, we’re open from 8 AM to 3 PM. See you!

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12 thoughts on “What are the Benefits of Using a Quartz Countertop in Your Kitchen?”

  1. Pioneer Amaresa, Inc.

    Hello, I’m from Manila and looking for some quartz slab. Do you have any branch around Metro Manila ? Thanks

  2. Do you have an office in Cebu? Been considering quartz, as I fear, granite may require higher maintenance. Will highly appreciate if you can send me a quick message thru my number 09320851343. Thank you very much. Will be so grateful here.

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