Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Quartz kitchen countertops, also called engineered stone, are arguably the
best countertop that you can purchase. The one
pictured above on a 3 foot x 3 foot island we built and installed weights
approximately 500 lbs!
Quartz kitchen countertops are:
- Durable and Strong (Cambria has done testing that
prove it is twice as strong as granite).
- Maintenance Free - just wash with a non-abrasive
soap and water.
- Safe for food - as safe as stainless steel
countertops, and resistant to bacteria because of their non-porous surface.
- Scratch resistant (can be used to cut on,
however, it is not scratch-proof).
- Resistant to heat.
- Resistant to chemicals.
- Are mostly natural. Companies that
manufacture natural quartz kitchen countertops, depending on the company, are
93% to 97% quartz. The rest of the material in the countertop is resin
that holds it all together, and pigment.
- Have a more uniform pattern than granite.
- Usually come with a 10 year limited warranty.
- Are beautiful, stylish, and come in a wide array
- Have several edge styles available.
- Quartz can be used for kitchen countertops, bath
countertops, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds, even flooring.
The downfall of quartz kitchen countertops is that they are expensive,
however, they should not cost more than natural granite.
They will, usually, cost you way more than your actual kitchen cabinets.
In the custom cabinet shop that we owned, we sold many quartz kitchen
countertops. The advantages of these countertops outweighs the expense.
To get an idea of cost, lets say you are spending $7,000 on kitchen cabinets,
you could easily spent another $12,000 on quartz for a countertop.
In our custom cabinet shop, we built a beautiful and intricate buffet and
island (1/2 of which is pictured above). The cabinets themselves cost the customer $3,000, however, the
quartz was an additional $5,000. Cost all depends on style, size, and
Because quartz kitchen countertops are so heavy (like the one above!!), they are expensive to
Quartz kitchen countertops will also have seams where corners come together,
etc. The only countertops that can be made to appear seamless are solid
surface countertops, which are made of man-made materials.
OUR THREE FAVORITE COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE NATURAL QUARTZ
- Cambria - the only manufacturer of natural quartz
kitchen countertops in the United States.
Cambria is manufactured out of St. Peter, Minnesota. The Davis Family
that began and still owns and operates Cambria, were originally farmers that
manufactured their own cheese. They are now also a leader in cheese
making, and supply Kraft Foods.
Their quartz kitchen countertops, and other tops, are exceptional.
Their non-porous quartz kitchen countertops are certified by the NSF (National
Sanitation Foundation) for use in commercial food prep area.
They have done testing to prove their countertops are twice as strong as
granite, without the maintenance. (information obtained from the Cambriausa.com
In our cabinet shop, we used Cambria several times. We never had any
bad experiences with the company, product, or installation.
Silestone is the leader in quartz kitchen countertops. They are the
largest manufacturer of natural quartz countertops in the world, and hold 75% of
the US market.
Silestone originated in Spain. Their United States division is
headquartered in Stafford, Texas.
A large retailer of Silestone is The Home Depot. Several other
retailers throughout the country carry Silestone as well. Your local
custom cabinet shop, or building supply company probably also carries Silestone.
Their quartz kitchen countertops have all the benefits of other natural
quartz manufacturer's, and they have been in the stone business for over 70
This year, they have come out with a new leather-look quartz finish, as well
as 4x4 tiles that can be used as back-splashes. (information obtained from
CaesarStone knows what they are doing. They originated the idea of
using quartz in countertops, and were the first to manufacture natural quartz
kitchen countertops in 1987. They also manufacture Concetto, which is a
high-end stone countertop surface made from semi-precious stones.
CaesarStone has also earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
CaesarStone's website gives a lot of information about how their quartz is
manufactured and holds up to other countertops, such as granite and
solid-surface. It is very informative, so check it out.
CaesarStone is located in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, Israel, and is distributed in the
US by U.S. Quartz Products, Inc. (CaesarStone USA).
Your local cabinet shop may be a distributor for CaesarStone. Also
check out their website for local distributors. (information obtained from
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