What are some myths about man-made Quartz Countertops?
Quartz does not stain.
Quartz countertops are highly stain resistant, have a very low water absorption rate, and do not require sealing. However, approximately 7% of your quartz countertop is composed of petroleum based resin and pigments. Resin will react with some chemicals. With normal use, staining will never be an issue with your quartz countertops.
We don’t suggest using your quartz countertop for hobby work or painting as exposure to solvents can damage a quartz countertop and void the manufacturer’s warranty. Also, sodium hydroxide and permanent markers can permanently stain a quartz countertop.
Quartz is as heat resistant as granite.
Quartz is heat resistant. The resin used to bind the quartz matrix will discolor (turn white) if heated too high. Never place hot pots and pans from the stove or oven directly onto a quartz countertop. Be sure to always use trivets.
Sunlight will not damage a quartz countertop.
Quartz is UV resistant and perfectly suited to a variety of interior applications, even in rooms where there is lots of sunlight. Quartz is not suitable for exterior applications. If installed outdoors, it can be damaged by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and the heat it emits, especially dark colors.
Quartz does not scratch.
Quartz is almost indestructible and has impressive flexural strength compared to natural stone countertops. Quartz is highly scratch resistant, but it can and does scratch. Tight-grained, dark, solid colors are especially susceptible and scratches are difficult to fix. Don’t drag heavy items, especially ceramic pots over your quartz countertop and immediately clean any sandy grit off your tops. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or pads. If you have a scratch, mark or stain, call a professional for repair.
All Quartz manufacturers are the same.
There are many quartz manufacturers to choose from. They all essentially use the same type of machinery to make quartz slabs. However, the chemical formulations and processes each manufacturer employs yields different results in terms of color, look, price and finish. The real difference is in the look each manufacturer achieves with its own unique color palette.
Quartz is expensive.
Most quartz countertops price out close to a mid-range priced granite. Quartz is a beautiful, durable and long-lasting option for your kitchen countertop.