Quartz Comes out on Top in Comparative Studies

When comparing several different types of countertop and surface materials, quartz comes out on top as best in style, strength and usability. Also known as engineered stone, this unique material is composed of about 90% quartz and 10% mixture of acrylic, epoxy binder and/or other (often recycled) materials. The main differences between engineered stone and traditional solid surfacing materials are that engineered stone is much harder and has a depth, radiance and uniqueness not found in other solid surfaces. Many popular products have notable pros and cons to aid in the process of selecting countertops for kitchen and bathroom projects

Pros: Quartz has the same advantages as solid surfacing with regard to maintenance. As an engineered product, it's available in a far greater range of colors and patterns and is much stronger than natural stone.

Cons: This material doesn't have the same natural variegation of granite, so it may have the appearance of an engineered product. Based on the manufacturer, this can be a purposeful negotiation in design to re-introduce more of a random appearance. It might be on the higher end price wise, but its durability can make it a worthwhile investment.

However, when conducting comparative studies, quartz is the clear standout.

  1. Quartz was the superior product above all others compared when it came to low maintenance and its resistance to mold and mildew.
  2. Quartz was also superior in flexural strength which means it is not prone to cracking, splitting or scratching. It also beat out marble and granite when it came to compressive strength as well as impact testing results.
  3. Quartz, marble and granite all three ranked highest in their immunity to freezing temperatures.
  4. Since quartz often uses manufactured (often recycled) material, uniformity in striation patterns and ability to hand craft distinctive coloration lends to a truly unique result matching just about any kind of project.
  5. The most impressive feature of quartz is its .02% water absorption rate, which is far below any of the other products tested. This equates to virtually no warping, staining or discoloration.

Written by Kevin Painchaud — November 06, 2015

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