When they first came out, Quartz countertops were very “sparkly”, very artificial-looking and lacked character, since they were designed to look like granite, that was popular up until the late 90’s early 2000’s. Much has changed in terms of colors and design and quartz now has the same elegant look as natural stones like soapstone, marble and quartzite. Quartz is a great material for high-traffic areas due to its natural resistance to scratches and stains. The best quality quartz from the main manufacturers like Caesarstone, Cambria, Zodiaq and Silestone are nonporous and hygienic, stain- and scratch-resistant, and do not require sealing.
While natural stone slabs are mined, quartz countertops are engineered meticulously in a factory. Quartz countertops are approximately 94% ground quartz and combined with polyester resin, color pigment, and occasionally recycled glass or metallic specks for appearance.
Since the color is fabricated, the options are absolutely endless – you can create the exact fit for your decor, whether brightly eccentric or neutral and earthy. Quartz was once criticized for its limited appearance, but the industry has changed. Today, manufacturers are producing multi-colored slabs with flecks, swirls, and random patterns that are identical to natural stone.
Whether you’re after the matte look of soapstone, texture of slate, elegance of marble, or glassy sheen of quartzite, there’s a quartz countertop for you and we at M. Teixeira Soapstone are certified fabricators of the top quartz brands.