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Quartz Countertops: Your Ultimate Guide

Welcome to Mountain Empire Stoneworks. Our comprehensive guide on quartz countertops! Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, bathroom, or any other space, quartz offers a winning combination of durability, beauty, and low maintenance. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about this versatile engineered stone.

What Is Quartz?

Quartz countertops are engineered stone surfaces made from a combination of crushed natural quartz crystals and resin binders. This mixture is then molded into slabs and cured under high heat and pressure. The result? A non-porous, extremely durable surface that exhibits the beauty of natural stone while offering superior performance.

Are Quartz Countertops Natural or Synthetic?

Quartz countertops are considered engineered or man-made stone surfaces because they are manufactured using a combination of natural quartz and synthetic materials. While they contain up to 90% natural quartz, the addition of resins and pigments during the manufacturing process makes them technically synthetic.

Advantages of Quartz Countertops

Durability and Strength

  • Quartz countertops offer several advantages over granite or marble.
  • They are non-porous, meaning they are highly resistant to staining and bacterial growth, unlike granite and marble, which require regular sealing.
  • Quartz is also more durable and less prone to chipping or cracking compared to natural stone surfaces.

Design Flexibility

  • Engineered countertops come in a wide range of quartz colors and patterns.
  • You can choose from concrete-look quartz, marble-look quartz, and more.
  • The uniform color and pattern make it easier to match tiles and slabs during installation.

Heat Resistance

  • While quartz countertops are resistant to heat and can withstand temperatures up to 150°C (300°F), it’s essential to use trivets or hot pads to protect the surface from direct heat exposure.
  • Placing hot pots or pans directly on the countertop can cause thermal shock and potentially damage the resin binder.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • One of the significant advantages of quartz countertops is that they are non-porous and do not require sealing like natural stone surfaces.
  • Regularly rubbing down quartz surfaces with mild soap or an all-purpose cleaner and a non-abrasive cleaning pad or cloth will keep them in tip-top shape.
  • You can remove most stains on quartz countertops with glass cleaner and a non-abrasive sponge.
    To kill germs and boost shine, wipe your quartz surfaces with a half-and-half solution of rubbing alcohol and water.

Choosing Your Quartz Countertop Color

  • Because the material is mixed with pigment, quartz kitchen countertops are available in various colors.
  • Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz is homogenous and has uniform color and pattern.
    Even the lightest shades of quartz hold up well when it comes to stain resistance.

Ready to upgrade your space?

Your trusted source for quartz countertops. Our skilled team ensures quality craftsmanship and beautiful results. Elevate your home with the timeless appeal of quartz.

Ready to upgrade your space with stunning quartz countertops? Contact Mountain Empire Stoneworks (423) 454-2134 or visit our showroom located at Tri-Cities 243 Neal Drive Blountville, TN 37617.

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We are a locally owned business with a tradition of helping our clients select, design, fabricate, and install elegant and practical solutions to achieve the appearance and added value to their properties. We service all of Eastern Tennessee as well as parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia. Our state-of-the-art fabrication center in Blountville allows us to keep up with the demands of both our residential and commercial customers.

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