Quartz is technically a manmade material. However, that said, the main ingredient in quartz is quartz - which is a natural product. The remaining 10% (approximately) of quartz is comprised of resins, polymers, and pigments.
Recently, quartz has gotten a bit of a reputation for a high-end, modern material. If you want to transform the entire look of a room, quartz can certainly do that; however, it isn’t just for the penthouse. Thanks to all of the color and pattern choices quartz offers (see below), you decide what statement the room makes. Think of quartz like a versatile piece of clothing, that can easily be used to dress a room up (create a modern, sophisticated space) or dress it down (create an inviting, comfortable room).
Stone Statements is proud to offer the following brands of quartz:
- Polarstone - in stock now!
- SANTAMARGHERITA - in stock now!
- LG Viatera
Because quartz is manufactured, it can come in any color and pattern imaginable. It can make a statement (ex. candy apple red), be a neutral hue, or be made to look like marble or granite.
There are many pros to quartz including:
Quartz is not porous. This means it is pretty darn difficult stain so you don’t have to be as concerned about what is coming into contact with quartz as you would be with certain types of natural stone.
High Abrasion Resistance
Quartz, the main ingredient in quartz, scores a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. To put that in perspective, a diamond scores a 10. As you can see, quartz is a pretty hard material meaning it is unlikely to scratch, chip, or crack. Note: While some materials are harder than quartz (ex. quartzite), quartz is more flexible than most of those materials meaning it is less prone to chipping and denting
Since quartz can be manufactured in any color, you can find exactly the look you desire.
Quartz does not require regular maintenance (ex. sealing).
There are also some cons to quartz including:
Quartz may be close to a natural material but you know what they say… close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. At the end of the day, it is not a natural stone and some people find this to be a drawback.
While there are plenty of different colors and patterns to choose form, at the end of the day, since quartz is not a natural material your piece is not going to be one-of-a-kind.
The resin used in manufacturing quartz countertops is a man-made material and can melt, so when working with hot items, protect your countertops with hot pads and trivets.
When your project requires more than one piece of quartz, you will have a seam. Unfortunately, that seam will be visible. Just how visible depends on the placement of the seam, the color of the quartz, and the expertise of the individual installing your quartz.
Like all materials, quartz has its pros and cons. If you’re looking for a long lasting, durable material that can make whatever statement you want (from bold to luxurious to “come right in”), quartz is an excellent choice.