Ultimate Guide to Quartz Countertops
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Quartz has gained popularity for many of the right reasons. It has so many desirable qualities such as low maintenance, durability and beautiful aesthetic appeal that it’s a top choice among designers and homeowners alike. But, is it the right countertop for you? Here’s everything you need to know about quartz countertops to make an informed decision.

What are Quartz Countertops?

Quartz is an engineered stone that originates from natural quartz crystals extracted from mines, which are then either finely powdered or blended with other substances to form an aggregate. This blend undergoes intense heat and compression, accompanied by resin binders, to produce a slab. The introduction of pigments during this process imparts the desired color and patterns to the countertop. Because quartz countertops are man-made, the design is more consistent and uniform from slab to slab. 

Homeowners Choose Quartz As It:

  • Requires very low maintenance 
  • Nonporous so it does not absorb water leaving water stains 
  • They won’t need regular sealing like granite and marble 
  • Scratch resistant

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How Much Are Quartz Countertops?

The specific cost may vary based on elements such as brand, grade, design, edge option and the number of slabs; however, quartz countertops generally fall within a comparable price range to other premium materials such as granite or marble.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

The widespread appeal of quartz stems from its minimal upkeep requirements. Quartz surfaces are favored not only for their strength but also for their straightforward maintenance. Everyday spills can be effortlessly wiped away with a gentle cloth, mild soap, warm water or a dedicated quartz cleaner, such a MORE Surface Care available in Cutting Edge Countertops’ showrooms for purchase. Acting promptly is essential to stains. And, to ensure the lasting resilience of your countertops, it is recommended to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards and coasters for added protection.

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What Cleaners Are Safe On Quartz?

The best quartz cleaners are the ones already in your house. Some soap and a non-abrasive cloth will be the best cleaner for daily use. For stains such as oils, keep a quartz cleaner on hand. It is also important to clean up the spill immediately to avoid long-term damage. 

You can explore any of the stone-friendly solutions, including the Stone & Quartz Cleaner + Protector from MORE™ Surface Care. Find this cleaner at any Cutting Edge Countertops’ showroom.

Most Popular Edge for Quartz Countertops

At Cutting Edge Countertops, we provide an array of edge profiles, including both standard and premium options. The choice between them is influenced by personal preference, style, quality and budget considerations. Selecting the perfect edge profile for your countertops is adding the finishing touches. It serves as the subtle detail that elevates the overall aesthetics of your kitchen or bathroom.

You can check out our blog for a full explanation of edge profiles. 

Quartz Countertops Thickness

When it comes to countertop options there are many ways you can customize your choice of material but the way that is most often overlooked is the thickness. Quartz comes in 2 sizes of thickness 2cm and 3cm. 3cm is the standard thickness for quartz kitchen countertops because it is thicker making it stronger and more durable. The 2cm choice is great for other applications such as backsplashes, vanities and any low-traffic and infrequently used areas.

Honed vs. Polished Quartz

The choice between honed and polished finishes for quartz countertops is a decision that can shape the character of your living space. A polished quartz surface will make your space feel luxurious, showcasing a smooth, reflective finish that enhances the stone’s natural patterns and colors. It’s a choice that resonates with modern elegance and sophistication. On the other hand, opting for a honed finish imparts a more subtle matte texture. The decision between honed and polished quartz is down to preference and style, each finish possessing its own unique appeal. 

Quartz vs. Granite vs. Marble

When choosing the ideal material for countertops, the trifecta of quartz, granite and marble emerge as excellent options, each with distinct qualities. Engineered for durability and aesthetic versatility, quartz countertops are great in resisting stains and scratches, presenting a varied array of colors and patterns. On the other hand, granite has inherent strength, evident in every slab, along with intricate patterns that contribute to its natural beauty. Renowned for its timeless luxury, marble features veined patterns and a smooth surface, though it demands more maintenance to preserve its lifetime. Deciding between quartz, granite and marble involves balancing functionality, aesthetics and personal preference, ensuring your choice aligns with your practical needs while reflecting your unique style and taste.

Quartzite vs. Quartz Countertops

​​Quartz and quartzite can sometimes be confused, each possessing its own distinctive attributes. Quartz, being an engineered stone, presents a diverse spectrum of colors and designs and offers a low-maintenance option. On the other hand, quartzite, a natural stone formed from fused sandstone and quartz, imparts a natural, marble-like appearance. Despite requiring more maintenance and being prone to stains, it is scratch resistant. While slightly more expensive, quartzite proves ideal for those in pursuit of a natural aesthetic.

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Top 5 Quartz colors

Top five Quartz colors at Cutting Edge CountertopsHere are the top five quartz colors at Cutting Edge Countertops: 

  1. Impact – Stratus
  2. Hanstone – Montauk
  3. Silestone – Calacatta Gold
  4. Hanstone – Calacatta Extra
  5. Impact – Ravinia

Other popular colors: Hanstone’s Calacatta Extra and Impact’s Ravinia.

Edge Pro vs Edge Allure

Cutting Edge Countertops’ Edge Collection™ features a carefully curated assortment of the industry’s most popular and trending colors. Combining the robust performance and durability of engineered surfaces, our quartz countertop colors include a wide range of whites, grays and elegant options with shimmering effects. We recently refreshed our quartz offering and expanded it to 40 colors! Within the Collection, our Edge Pro™ brand provides consistent colors and patterns, while our Edge Allure™ brand carries a 25-square foot minimum with stunning options to choose from to create a breathtaking space.   

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Make a Selection Today

Explore the possibilities with Cutting Edge Countertops and consider your personal style and practical needs to make the perfect countertop edge selection that elevates the beauty and functionality of your space. For more assistance in choosing the right edge profile or the right countertop material, please contact us.

If you are ready to get started, schedule an appointment today at a showroom closest to you, including: Northwest Ohio’s showroom in Perrysburg; Central Ohio in Delaware; Detroit area in Wixom; and Central Indiana in Noblesville and Southern Indiana in our S. Indianapolis showroom. Our experienced team is ready to bring your vision to life!  

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