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Quartz countertops are engineered stone countertops are made with 90% ground quartz that is combined with 8% to 10% pigments, polymers, and resins. This creates a hard surface that, much like granite. If the quartz is ground coarsely, the appearance results will have flecks. When grounded finely, the final appearance is smooth.
Quartz countertops are a non-porous and extremely durable, which makes them highly desired and popular material. Quartz itself has a light to moderate impact on the environment. It is abundantly available within the crust of the earth. The resin used to create the countertop products that are in bathrooms and kitchens is a petroleum by-product from developing countries. The process of mining creates a toxic condition from the bauxite ore that is used for the fillers.
In addition, some major brands such as Silestone, Wilsonart, and including Zodiaq are now GreenGuard certified, meaning they are low emitting factories. Cambria Quartz and few other brands are American mined.
On the pro side of quartz countertops, in addition, to be a durable, extremely hard, non-porous surface, it has a glossy sheen that brightens any bath or kitchen. It is crack and stains resistant and a sealant is not required. It comes in a wide variety of colors and cleaning is easy with nothing more than a soft rag, mild soap, and warm water.
On the consumer side of quartz countertops, they are expensive, more than granite, but less than marble. There are many factors that can affect the final price, such as the thickness and the amount needed for your job.
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