a nonporous surface that will retain its beauty for years…
At Floor to Ceiling we feature a collection of name brands for quartz countertops that will provide you with the styles and colors to inspire your lifestyle! Nonporous, honed or polished surfaces, elegant finishes, along with minimal care. Contact a designer today to see the colors and options for your next countertop project.
All About Quartz
Quartz is an engineered stone that can be used in virtually any indoor surfacing application, including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, tub and shower surrounds, backsplashes, floors, walls, wet bars, tabletops, desktops, fireplace surrounds, and more.
Industry-wide, all quartz countertops are made with 93 percent quartz or they cannot claim the hardness, durability, or impermeability of a true quartz surface. The prescribed mixture results in a product that is non-porous, exceedingly durable, and more than twice as strong as granite.
Quartz surfacing is available in many colors not found in nature, as the crushed stone is generally mixed with pigment. Colors differ between manufacturers, but range from conservative neutral hues, to daring bright colors. There are colors to match virtually any décor. Since they are solid, the color and natural mottling from the quartz crystals runs throughout the material.
Quartz stone is generally uniform in color, pattern, and texture. Plus some manufacturers produce this engineered stone to look like marble, travertine, concrete, and other natural stone.
Because engineered stone is a natural stone product, seams are required for any application that is longer /or wider than the slab size. These seams are visible, but are often less noticeable than a typical granite seam – where the seams may show changes in pattern and shade.
Slabs are fabricated into countertops with edge profiles that range from simple bevels to bullnose and ogee.
There’s no sealing, buffing, polishing or reconditioning required. Quartz is a non-porous, polished surface that does not need to be sealed as do other stones to prevent staining.
Integrated sinks are not available in quartz countertops. However there are many options of under-mounted or flush mounted sinks.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
Naturally hard and scratch resistant.
Quartz won’t develop fissures or cracks and remains impervious to water, moisture and bacteria.
Stain resistant and non-porous so typically, bacteria cannot grow on this surface.
Quartz countertops are tough enough for the wear and tear on just about any interior surface.
Considerations when choosing a Quartz Countertop
Its non-porous nature is also extremely hygienic, making it a food-safe choice.
Quartz can be damaged by high heat and prolonged exposure to heat. Use a hot pad or trivet when placing a hot pan on it.
Always use a cutting board. Natural quartz is one of the hardest minerals found in nature. That same hardness may dull the sharpness of most knives.
Engineered stone won’t develop fissures or cracks and remains impervious to water, moisture, or bacteria and is twice as strong as granite.
The actual appearance of the quartz surface varies depending on the size and mix of the granules. Smaller, finer crystals give a more uniform appearance, while larger ones provide a more mottled look.
Unlike granite, which can be permanently stained by cooking oils and grease, or which can be etched by the acids in such common household products as hairspray and other toiletries, engineered stone is impervious to these hazards.
Caring for your Quartz Countertop
Quartz surfaces are virtually maintenance free. There’s no sealing, buffing, polishing or reconditioning required.
Routine cleaning involves little more than soapy water or a mild household cleaner.
As with any other stone or surface material, strong chemicals and solvents, oven cleaners and floor strippers will damage the surface, so don’t use those in your cleaning routine.