Before You Buy - Quartz
Before you buy:
- Quartz is naturally hard and scratch resistant.
- It ranks a 7.0 on Moh's Hardness Scale, which is used to
measure the scratch-resistance of a material. Only diamonds,
ranking 10, topaz, and sapphire are harder than quartz.
Granite is ranked 6.
- Quartz counters are manufactured with nearly 100 percent
quartz. In contrast, granite may contain only 50 percent quartz.
The other minerals found in granite leave it soft, porous, and
vulnerable to scratches and stains.
- 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.
- 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.
- While granite is subject to unpredictable variations in color
or pattern between slabs, making matching of sections of a
countertop difficult, engineered stone is uniform in color,
pattern, and texture. It provides nearly all of the benefits of
natural stone but with few of the drawbacks.
- Quartz countertops are tough enough for the wear and tear on
just about any interior surface.
- Engineered stone won't develop fissures or cracks and remains
impervious to water, moisture, or bacteria and is twice as strong as granite.
- There is no safer food preparation surface on the market
today. This product resists stains, and is non-porous so
typically, bacteria cannot grow on this surface.