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Quartz Countertops
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


For those of you that enjoy granite countertops, you will have no choice but to be impressed with the improved quality of a quartz countertop. Quartz is significantly more durable than granite, requires less maintenance, is stain and scratch resistant, heat/scorch-resistant, doesn't need to be sealed or polished and it is available in several adored colors.

Quartz countertops consist primarily of quartz, almost 100%. This makes quartz countertops extremely hard, durable, nonporous and nonabsorbent. Quartz is a wonderful alternative to natural stone because it offers the look and feel with a lowered cost. You will most likely be paying anywhere from $45 to $75 dollars per square foot for quartz.

Engineered quartz makes matching sections of a countertop easy. Quartz is uniform in color, texture, and pattern. Basically, quartz provides all of the wonderful benefits of natural stone, but without the difficulty of color matches, scratches, stains, high maintenance, and other related drawbacks.

Generally, quartz is installed by personnel trained by the fabricator or distributor. Not only is a quartz countertop dense and strong, but it is also heavier than most other stone countertops. This requires a practiced professional for installation. However, quartz is easy to cut and handle compared to granite and other stone surfaces.

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