Quartz countertops continue to increase in popularity as today’s homeowners are choosing this material for its beauty and practicality. Here are some facts and myths about quartz that will test your knowledge and keep you in the know when deciding on a countertop surface for your home.
FACT OR FICTION?
1. Quartz countertops are man-made. [True]
Unlike natural slab granite (which produces naturally on Earth), quartz countertops are a blend of natural quartz and polymer resins.
2. Quartz is the most abundant and hardest mineral on Earth’s crust. [False]
Feldspar is the most abundant mineral found in Earth’s continental crust (with quartz coming in second). Diamonds are the hardest minerals found on Earth.
3. Quartz can be made to look like granite, marble and other natural stones. [True]
By adjusting the process, the texture of quartz can be adjusted to be fine or coarse. By adding pigments to the mix, the material can take on a palette of varying colors.
4. Quartz is nonporous, and thus does not require sealing, which decreases the chance of harmful bacterial growth on the surface. [True]
5. Quartz chips and cracks easily. [False]
Quartz is naturally dense and hard, making it highly resistant to chips and cracks.
6. Quartz is stain and heat-resistant. [True]
7. Quartz weighs less than granite and has a unique veined appearance. [False]
Quartz weighs more than granite and – due to its unique manufacturing process – has a uniform appearance.
8. Quartz is well suited for outdoors and direct sunlight. [False]
Quartz is not recommended for outdoor installation since direct sunlight and prolonged heat exposure can damage the material.
9. Quartz is a great option for large surfaces. [True]
Since it is manufactured in long, thick slabs, quartz is perfect for large surfaces (such as countertops and islands) and can be installed in one piece.
10. All manufacturers of quartz are created equal. [False]
Although there are several quartz manufacturers to choose from – all of which use basically the same equipment – the processes and chemical formulas differ from one manufacturer to another. These unique variables are what sets one product apart from the next, which in turn result in cost differences and the company’s exclusive look in terms of color and finish. Granite Transformations’ surfacing products are made at its exclusive manufacturing plant in Sebring, Florida, giving the company ultimate control over the quality and look of its products, which is why they come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
We hope this fun and informative quiz has answered some of your questions about quartz countertops. Pass or fail, you now have the knowledge as an educated consumer to make the best choice the next time you’re in the market for a new countertop. If you are in the market for new quartz countertops, backsplash or cabinets, visit Granite Transformations to schedule your in-home consultation today.