What is a Quartz Surface?
A relative newcomer to the stone industry, it is primarily composed of (93%) stone aggregates and (7%) polyester resin which are pressed into slabs using highly advanced machinery. Under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure, these two components make up an incredibly dense, non-porous surface. Hence, unlike natural stones in general, it does not require any sealing- ever.
What Do Quartz Slabs Look Like?
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.
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 or marble slab. Thus, you can expect that the sample you will receive will be the same as the one for your project.
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.). But it does not mean 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 than 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."
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?