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!

Granite or Quartz? What’s Right for Me?

We field this question a lot, so we thought we’d dedicate a quick blog post to demystifying what seems to have become a rather popular debate in the world of countertops and fixtures!

Here’s the deal…a lot of people are routinely wondering what the distinction is between granite and quartz and whether one is better than the other. We hope we can shine a lot on some of the differences are between these two stones and help you make the most informed choice that suits the needs of both your space and your aesthetic desire.

To begin with, granite is a 100% natural stone that is cut and polished without much adulteration of the original rock. Because of this, you’re unlikely to ever encounter two granite countertops that are exactly identical. They’re a bit like fingerprints in that they carry their own unique identity.

On the other hand, quartz is a little less natural (some polymer resins are included in the final slab) which makes customization a little bit more pragmatic. Quartz has its own individual shine and appearance, but is fully customizable, so (generally speaking) homeowners can make an easy selection when it comes to quartz surfaces.

A key difference to note between Granite and Quartz is the extent to which they are and are not porous. Granite is a very porous stone, and so it’s necessary to keep it sealed and stay on top of the cleaning with soap and water because stains can be absorbed much more easily. Keep in mind, also, that bacteria can invade the porous surface of a granite countertop as well.
Differentially, quartz is a very solid and dense stone. Therefor, you would have no reason to worry about sealing or resealing on annual basis — though you’ll still want to stay on top of those stains!

Because of the fact that quartz is not porous, it’s very solid and essentially indestructible. This also makes it heavier than granite and less prone to damage from solid materials. However, one advantage that granite has is that it’s virtually immune to thermal shock (damage or discoloration because of hot or cold items placed on it) whereas quartz will certainly be damaged by extreme heat.

When it comes down to it, making a decision between granite and quartz is going to depend largely on two things — 1) the maintenance time you’re wanting to invest in your countertops, and 2) the aesthetic goals you are trying to achieve in the space that you are building or upgrading. It’s worth looking at pictures of both granite and quartz countertops to get a sense of how distinct they are at an aesthetic level.

At Fireplace and Granite Distributors, we are offer both granite and quartz fabrication and installation. We encourage you to get in touch with us today and learn about our amazing services in the Charlotte area. Please give us a call at 704-721-0001.