What Kind of Stone Is Quartz for Countertops?

quartz-countertop_origIf you are considering quartz for your kitchen, bathroom, or other countertop needs, you are definitely on the right track. After all, it is a trendy yet durable option that keeps your surfaces looking vibrant with little maintenance. However, making the final decision depends on what you understand about quartz as the stone for your countertops. Here is a breakdown of quartz and their applications. 

How Are Quartz Countertops Made?

The first thing to note is that quartz countertops are manufactured. While the mineral occurs naturally, the final product undergoes several tweaks to suit customer interests. 

After mining, manufacturers crush quartz crystals first to create a fine powder, which makes 90-95% of the composition of quartz countertops. Notably, the mineral is among the hardest in nature, making it suitable for durable counters. 

After crushing, manufacturers mix the powder with resin (usually polyester or epoxy) to bond and create a smooth, solid surface. The resin also boosts the surface’s durability, flexibility, and aesthetics.

Adding pigment to this mixture creates a variety of colors, with popular choices being white, pink, red, cream, and black. 

Lastly, manufacturers can add other particles into the mixture when creating slabs, including glass, metallic flecks, marble, and granite. 

Top Applications of Stone Countertops

Here are some applications of stone countertops:

Kitchen Spaces

The durability of stone surfaces makes them ideal for kitchen countertops as they are resistant to scratches, heat, breakage, and more. Whether placing hot pots on these surfaces or using them to chop your vegetables, stone can handle these activities.

Another characteristic that makes them ideal for kitchen countertops is their high levels of hygiene, preventing the accumulation of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that could contaminate food.

Lastly, stone surfaces can increase the aesthetic value of your kitchen space, with a variety of colors you can select to suit the rest of your decor. 

Outdoor Kitchens and Bars

Outdoor spaces have significant exposure to the elements, requiring materials resistant to extreme weather conditions. Stone can withstand precipitation, UV rays, temperature changes, and weathering. This characteristic is especially true for granite and quartzite/quartz.

Another factor is that you do not require extreme maintenance compared to other surfaces. So what better way to adorn your outdoor surfaces than to use stone countertops and have the time of your life getting compliments from your guests?

Bathroom Vanity Tops and Sinks

One thing we know about the bathroom area is the exceeding amount of moisture you expose your surfaces to. Stone, being moisture-resistant, comes highly recommended for these surfaces to prevent water damage. Also, it prevents mold, mildew, and rot build-up even with the humidity. 

Beyond that, it is also ideal for these spaces since it isn’t easily stained and can handle the many chemicals you use for hair, your body, and more. 

Lastly, stone is a subtle yet welcome reflective material that brightens your bathrooms and increases the aesthetic of this section.

Hearth, Mantle, and Other Fireplace Surroundings

Lighting up your fireplace in style is something stone surfaces can offer you. Beyond the obvious increase of visual appeal offered by stone countertops, they are ideal for this area due to their heat resistance. Likewise, they are not combustible, increasing the safety around your fireplace and home. 

Talk to Us

Having the right company to hold your hand through countertop installations is necessary. At Stone World, we believe in offering world-class services while involving our clients every step of the way. Whether in Orlando or other parts of Central Florida, call us today at 407-341-4688 for a free proposal.