Engineered quartz countertops are an increasingly popular option for kitchen countertops. Quartz combines the appearance of granite with the unsurpassed strength and durability of one of the hardest materials in the world. Although it lacks some of the granite aesthetics and is significantly more expensive than laminate, quartz engineering is a smart option for homeowners in search of a material that is beautiful and practical.
Engineered quartz countertops is exceptionally hard, very durable, and, unlike granite, non-porous. It is heat resistant and stain resistant, and since it does not require frequent granite resealing, it is also easy to maintain. The natural density and hardness of quartz is highly resistant to chips and dents that often occur in granite and laminate countertops. The same qualities that keep it free of stains also prevent harmful bacteria from contaminating kitchen surfaces. It comes in a variety of colors and designs to match almost any kitchen, from white to pink mottled ice and deeper black.
While the selection of colors is large, engineered quartz countertops lacks the subtle variations in color, texture and grain that give granite its characteristic appeal. Quartz is also a material no less expensive than granite and much more expensive than laminate. Finally, the weight and structural considerations necessary for the installation of quartz kitchen countertops do a better job leaving a certified professional.