Quartz countertops are offered in two different
versions, natural and engineered. Natural quartz countertops
are made from large quartz slabs and fabricated in the same
way granite is.
Engineered quartz countertops are made
from 95% natural crushed quartz and 5% polymer resins. Engineered
quartz countertops retain much of the toughness of quartz
but display increased ductility due to the resin, improving
impact resistance. Countertops are more scratch resistant
as well as less porous than natural quartz surfaces. Many
different colours and patterns are available in the market.
Quartz offers many different colours and patterns.
Both types of quartz countertops are very
durable. Engineered quartz has shown to be more resitant to
Quartz countertop prices vary depending
on quality and detail work. Expect to pay between $70 and
$150 per square foot.
Natural quartz is slightly porous and will
require sealing like granite. Engineered quartz counters do
not require annual sealing.
Generally speaking natural quartz is not
the greenest material on the market today. Some manufacturers
do offer green quartz counters that make use of recycled content.
The most popular Quartz countertop manufacturer
in North America is Cambria Quartz. They have manufacturing
plants in both Canada and the United States. Their quartz
countertops can be readily found at a number of kitchen &
bath dealers in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary,
Edmonton and Vancouver. They also have dealers in most small
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