Quartz is a man-made material that is used to imitate natural stone. It is a collage of natural and man-made substances that are put together and under extremely high heat and pressure formed into a slab like material . The advantages to Quartz are several. On a Linear basis, Quartz is extremely strong and can actually be extended out further than natural stone without requiring support structure to stabilize it. Probably the biggest reason for its current popularity is twofold. The first being that because it’s a man-made product it can be color controlled so each slab is identical. 

This allows the consumer to create a space that flows together in a very precise manner that is very difficult if not impossible to do with a natural hard surface. The second aspect that consumers find very appealing is the color range that Quartz is available in. Quartz can be produced in a variety of colors that mother nature just does not have available on her pallet. Simple whites with little to no discernible pattern. Greys and Brown’s and a multitude of other colors that are simple and flow straight through without that busy look that is so common in natural stone. In my experience the clean and simple elegance of Quartz tends to be its greatest appeal.

Now for the other side of the coin. Quartz is frequently a more costly option than say Granite, both in product price and fabrication. Of course, this can vary depending on many factors. The other issue whenever dealing with Quartz is durability. While you technically do not have to seal Quartz, it is highly recommended that you do anyway. Quartz is much more susceptible to heat issues and discoloration. So, it is very important to use coasters to set drinks on as well as protective surfaces for plants to sit on. Also, you never cut directly on the surface of a Quartz slab! A cutting board is an absolute must for any kitchen incorporating Quartz countertops.