Quartz countertops have been the latest material making their way into many homes. The incredible features and high aesthetic design that realistically mimics the look and feel of marble and granite has made this engineered product the new go to for countertops and surfaces. At J&J Carpet One, we carry some of the top industry leading brands, which offer the most current styles and countertop trends.
What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops have been the latest material making their way into many homes. The incredible features and high aesthetic design that realistically mimics the look and feel of marble and granite has made this engineered product the new go to for countertops and surfaces.
Quartz countertops are a man-made product composed of a mixture of natural elements. More specifically, they consist of 90-95% of the natural mineral, quartz, and the remaining percentage of products is a mixture of polymer resins. Although quartz countertops are almost entirely natural stone, the manufacturing process is what makes it an engineered product.
The assortment of natural materials are thoroughly inspected for quality, blended and mixed together, then poured into a mold to be formed into a slab. Once molded the slab is then compacted and pressed together through a special process of a vacuum and vibration at a high pressure of roughly 100 tons. Next, the slab is baked at a high temperature, which ensures it is extremely durable, solid and completely non porous. The last step in the manufacturing process is the finishing of the quartz slab surface. Many quartz manufacturers offer a selection of finishes such as polished, textured, matte or honed.
Thanks to modern technology and advanced processes, the aesthetic features of quartz countertops are beyond impressive. As quartz is handcrafted from start to finish it is a product with controlled color yet a lot of continuous movement. In efforts to remain innovative within the world of design, quartz countertops are offered in various styles, colors and finishes. Whether you want your countertop to make a bold statement with striking colors, specs of shine and realistic natural veining, or prefer a neutral color flourishing with swirls and soft specks, there are options to meet every preferred style.
Known for its unique appearance and durable qualities, granite has been a valued choice in homes and other architectural structures for decades.
Granite is an igneous rock composed mainly of quartz and feldspar along with other minerals such as amphiboles, micas, potassium, biotite and muscovite. Depending on where the rock is cut from, not all minerals may be fully developed; so instead they grow into each other in an interlocking structure. This interlocking structure gives granite its aesthetic appearance of grains and veins with movement and makes the rock extremely durable. Igneous rock is naturally light colored, but the colors and textures we see in granite countertops depends on the abundance and variations of the minerals that make up granite. Quartz is a colorless crystal that appears either clear, smoky, or reflects the colors of the other mineral crystals around it. This mineral serves an important purpose in granite countertops due to the durable qualities it naturally carries. Feldspar is the mineral that gives granite its primary color hues, which are most commonly yellow, orange, pink, blue or black. Once the stone is cut down into the appropriate slab depth, each slab is then polished to enhance the natural colors and give it a smooth texture and shine. Granite is a very porous material; therefore, it must be sealed to ensure it resists staining and water absorption. Luckily, granite slabs are always sealed during the manufacturing process or after it is cut to the correct dimensions.
Granite is a very strong material that resists scratching, staining, and has a high ability to withstand heat. However, these qualities may vary depending on the color and type of granite chosen. To better understand the technical variances between the types of granite, be sure to ask the appropriate questions when selecting your countertop.
Which Countertop is Right for my Home?
Both granite and quartz carry outstanding qualities and benefits that might be difficult to select one or the other for your home. Some things to consider when choosing your countertops are durability, aesthetics and cost.
Quartz and granite are both heavy-duty materials that are resistant to scratching, staining and have the ability to withstand heat. However, due to the manufacturing process as well as the materials composed in quartz countertops, quartz is ranked with a much greater durability and lower maintenance when compared to granite.
Natural quartz is a very hard material, but its superior durability and anti absorbency is credited to the engineering process. During the step of when the quartz is “baked”, the polymer resins mixed into the natural quartz fill the cracks between the quartz crystals and bind the minerals together. The result is a robust and non-porous surface that resists staining, scratching and corrosion, which, does not require any periodic sealing, buffing, or polishing. An added bonus to this advantage is that liquids and harmful bacteria are never absorbed into quartz, whereas granite is much more porous. Although granite is protected with a sealer that prevents the absorbing of liquids, the sealer does wear down overtime. Depending on the color and use of your countertop, it is strongly recommended to have your granite professionally resealed after seven-ten years of having it installed. With all things considered, quartz is a better contender for a countertop if greater durability is a priority for you.
Color and aesthetic appearance are crucial factors for some homeowners when selecting a countertop. Quartz countertops have earned their credibility in the design scene for compelling colors, continuous movement, and natural veining that looks just like natural marble. Since quartz has been fast at gaining popularity, many manufacturers of quartz countertops have been delivering new unique designs that imitate the look of granite. However, even the most modern technology can’t live up to the works of Mother Nature. For those who prefer a one of a kind, eclectic countertop to bring a sense of uniqueness to their design, granite countertops offer just that.
Quartz countertops have a higher cost compared to granite due to the increase in quality, durability, longevity, lower maintenance and aesthetic designs that replicate the look of granite and marble. Depending on the needs for your lifestyle and household, style preferences and budget, there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to countertops. The end decision should reflect which type of countertop best suits your needs and preferences.
Family Owned, American Made.
An industry leader in innovative designs of natural quartz countertops, Cambria® offers high style, superior performance and American craftmanship.
Browse designs and styles from Cambria® or visit our showroom to explore the entire collection of samples and speak with a designer.
Natural Quartz Surfaces
Both beautiful and benefitical, Pompeii Quartz™ offers a wide range of colors and finishes as well as extreme density, resistance to heat, stains and scratches, plus much more!
Browse designs and styles from Pompeii Quartz™ or visit into our showroom to explore the entire collection of samples and speak with a designer.
The Original Quartz
Innovative and highly functional, Silestone® is a leader in quartz surfaces ideal for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring and wall siding.
Browse countertop colors by Silestone® Quartz or visit our showroom to explore the entire collection of samples and speak with a designer.
Fine Quartz Surfaces
Natural quartz that offers a variety of styles with luxurious hues and tones that are stronger than any other surface on the planet.
Browse the designs and styles from HanStone® or visit our showroom to explore the entire collection of samples and speak with a designer.
Recycled Glass Surfaces
An environmentally conscious, one of a kind product that mixes polymer resins with fine quartz particles to produce a durable surface engineered to last.
Learn more about Curava™ or visit our showroom to explore the entire collection of samples and speak with a designer.