The Benefits of Quartz Countertops

Lately, the conversation around countertops at Fireplace & Granite Distributors has been around our exciting development in the capacity for providing Porcelain countertops, a trend growing rapidly in American homes, to our clients.

Today, however, we wanted to remind the community surrounding Charlotte about our Quartz Countertop offerings – a beautiful option for any homeowner looking for a beautiful stone with a lot of design control. That is to say that, because Quartz is man-made and largely synthetic, you’ll have a lot of individualized control over what your end product looks like in terms of color
— and the durability speaks for itself!

So, What are Quartz Countertops?

Quartz countertops are often referred to as “engineered stone” countertops because they are quite literally engineered from the combination of ground up quartz stone (a naturally occurring stone) and a series of polymers, resins and pigment (for color). Quartz is one of the most abundant materials in the crust of the earth, which makes it very accessible and low-impact on the environment.

The capacity that engineers have over the way the stone is ground up — finely or coarsely — has an impact on the overall aesthetic value of the finished product. For example, when the quartz stone is ground coarsely, there will be a more stippled or freckled look of the stone overall. A finely ground stone will result in a more smooth and sleek appearance.

We find it helpful to think of it like a cup of craft coffee. If you’re making a robust cup in a french press, you’re going to go for a more coarse grind of the coffee bean whereas making a smooth pot of morning brew in a traditional maker, you’re going to want to do a much finer grind. Same product, different results for different types of enjoyment.

And the Benefits?

As we mentioned earlier, one of the primary benefits is the control over the overall look of your countertop product. Because we manufacture our countertops in-house, we are able to control the grind of the quartz for the purpose of creating the pattern you’re looking for. Additionally, the pigments added to the engineered stone will give us precision control over the color that you’ve had in mind — and the benefits don’t stop at the aesthetics.

Quartz is just as durable as granite, but it’s non-porous. This means that there will be a lot less care involved in terms of stain control, and it also doesn’t play host to the same amount of bacteria. It also tends to be extremely heavy — but not to worry! Working with Fireplace & Granite distributors makes it a breeze to install with our knowledgeable installation professionals.

The strength of this firm stone helps to withstand cracking and chipping that other more porous materials can be somewhat prone to — and though most natural stone countertops require maintenance that includes sealing, resealing and deep cleaning, Quartz does not require the same level of attention. It truly is the low maintenance, and beautiful countertop option.

If you’re ready to have a conversation with us about how we can help you improve your countertop spaces with an option like Quartz, we encourage you to get in touch with us by calling us at 704-721-0001, or by visiting us at our showroom and facility located conveniently in Concord, NC. We’re ready to help turn your dream space into a reality!

Natural Stone | Engineered Stone

Are you a “natural stone person” or are you an “engineered stone person”?
Written By: Bob Faust

Granite Rock
Actual Photo of a Granite Boulder Rock

Many people have asked me the differences between natural and engineered stone. Both are great choices for your kitchen countertops as they are both hard durable surfaces that should give you a Lifetime of service. Compared to other options, such as Formica or laminate tops, which may only last has little has a couple of years. Even “solid surface ” tops do not last long. Solid Surface countertops are easy to hide the countertop seams, but will appear dull or plastic like and do not hold up to heat and or cutting (which last I checked happen quite often in a kitchen).

Quartz Countertop

Quartz Countertop

Between the  premium surfaces, (Granite or engineered stone and quartz), the costs can be a non issue as some engineered stones are both higher and in some cases lower then exotic granites. The maintenance aspect ,which is almost always highlighted by the engineered and quartz people, can easily be neutralized by the addition of “Lifetime sealer” application which makes both materials comparable.

The biggest difference between the materials is the cosmetic differences. While all engineered materials are uniform in appearance and are manufactured to engineered specifications, natural stones are almost always different. Even from the same block of  granite stone, you will have many different shades and patterns as well has colors.

So when selecting the crowning glory of your kitchen, decide first “What kind of person are you?” If you want uniformity and consistency then perhaps the engendered stone or quartz materials best suited for you. But if you embrace the diversity that only Mother Nature can provide, feel free to consider natural stone, such as granite, for your countertops.