Quartz countertops are a popular option for kitchen and bathroom remodeling. This article aims to provide an overview of this wonderful material and its many advantages.
Quartz vs Quartzite: What’s The Difference?
Quartzite is the natural stone, “quartz” is the artificial material made from finely crushed quartzite mixed with a tough acrylic resin. Even though the two terms are often used interchangeably, they refer to completely different materials, and countertops made from natural quartz vs quartzite have different properties, pros and cons, and require different types of care.
Quartz countertops are available in a huge variety of colors & textures, ranging from those that precisely replicate natural stone, to premium styles that create stunning visual effects.
Why Quartz Instead Of Natural Stone?
Porosity and options. The biggest problem with countertops made from natural stone is the stone’s ability to absorb liquids and thus stain and/or develop bacterial contamination. Quartz surfaces solve that problem by binding the natural stone powder in a solid, non-porous layer of acrylic resin, leaving no cracks or pores which can harbor stains or microorganisms.
Quartzite is found in many places throughout the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, and Continental Europe. In the US, quartz has been located in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, South Dakota, Central Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, Arizona, and Idaho.
British Isles feature a rich supply of quartzite, especially in Wales, Scottish Highlands, northwest Ireland, and other locations. The Precambrian and Cambrian mountains and crags scattered throughout the area provide a rich variety of quartzite in a stunning array of colors and textures.
The natural heritage of quartzite and the resulting quartz surface materials is evident in the names of some of the major suppliers of quartz countertops – Cambria is named after the Cambrian Mountains range in Wales, while Caesarstone is named after the Caesarea region in Israel.
Advantages of Quartz Countertops
Sanitary & Sanitizable
Another major benefit of the seamless surface is that there’s no place for bacteria to hide and grow. Quartz countertops are much more sanitary than granite or marble. This makes them an excellent choice not only for kitchens but for healthcare applications, commercial food preparation (especially for raw fish, chicken, and vegetables), and other situations where cleanliness is not only desired but required. Many of our countertops are even certified for Kosher kitchens.
Quartz countertops are easy to keep sanitized – especially important in the time of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic. Using a solution of 70% alcohol / 30% water, or a Lysol spray, or a very diluted bleach solution (4 teaspoons bleach in 1 quart of water), you can ensure a clean and germ-free surface.
No Sealant Needed
Unlike granite and marble countertops, there is no need to apply surface sealant, or to periodically re-seal the countertop. With practically zero maintenance, quartz countertops are the best choice for heavy-use kitchens.
Another benefit of the acrylic resin is that it gives just a touch of flexibility to the countertop, enough to resist chipping, cracking, and scratching. In addition, since the color is “baked in” the entire material – even if you do manage to chip or scratch it, it will be less obvious since the same color or vein is underneath.
Unlike many other materials, even significant damage to quartz countertops can be repaired. That’s the good news. The even better news is that there’s a lifetime warranty on most of our quartz countertops, so you have nothing to worry about. In case of damage, we’ll have a repair team sent out to your house, and have the chip or scratch fixed on site and free of charge.
Since quartz countertops are made by mixing finely crushed quartzite with acrylic resin, we can vary the colors and even create veins, textures, and patterns, to match the popular natural stone textures – or even create looks beyond natural. As a certified dealer of over a dozen suppliers, New York Quartz offers 100s of color and texture choices.
Whether you’re looking for a clean, sleek, modern design – or a traditional look that resembles marble or granite – or a funky, colorful geode collection – we have the color and texture to fit your kitchen style. Pure white, concrete, jet-black, sparkly blue, Calacatta Marble, and anything in between, you’ll find it all in our showroom.
Edge Profile Choices
The nature of quartz makes it very “shapeable”, and our in-house fabrication team can create the right edge to match your kitchen design. From the basic squared-off or rounded shapes, to the “premier” edges like Waterfall and Double Ogee, to even completely custom edge profiles, we can make your countertop look as traditional or as modern as you want.
In addition to standard and premium edges, our in-house fabrication shop can cut a completely custom edge. With our advanced CNC stonecutting machinery, and professionals who have years of experience, there’s no such thing as “too complicated”.
The New Trend
In the 1990s, the hot trend in kitchen renovation was granite countertops. Replacing the wooden and “plastic” countertops of the 1970s kitchens with a luxurious, expensive material, was “the thing to do”, and every real estate listing would make sure to mention granite countertops. However, while granite quarries were resting on their laurels, quartz manufacturers were busy researching and trying out new combinations and processes – resulting in a lineup of materials that take the beauty of natural stone and make it even better! Now, quartz countertops are one of the most sought-after features of the modern kitchen, along with smart appliances and open-concept planning.
Quartz countertops aren’t limited to plain horizontal surfaces. Bold designers combine this versatile material with wood, concrete, metal, and other substances, to create combinations that showcase contemporary shapes and exciting visual choices.
Multiple heights, mitered edges, waterfall shapes, utility niches, and other techniques, can add complexity and depth to a kitchen design – while making it more usable and comfortable.