The superman of stone, quartz surfacing provides a nearly indestructible material, ideal for homeowners who want a beautiful countertop that they might occasionally spill wine on. Providing the look of natural stone with a mettle that laughs in the face of coffee, lemon juice, and high-maintenance care, its non-porous nature protects against more than just stains; it's also extremely hygienic, making it a food-safe choice.
Though quartz surfacing is sometimes referred to as "engineered" quartz, don't be fooled into thinking that you'll end up with a synthetic countertop. Expect pure natural quartz (generally upwards of 90 percent) mixed with epoxy resin binders. The care-free surface doesn't require sealants. Boasting the look of natural stone, quartz surfacing has a consistent color; its color should be very close to what you saw in the showroom.
Quick tip: Quartz surfacing is available in colors not found in nature, as the crushed stone is generally mixed with pigment. Take advantage, and choose a color that dazzles while still looking like stone.
Does not require sealants
Scratch-resistant with diamond-like hardness, you can cut on quartz (excessive force can damage it, however)
Its non-porous nature makes it virtually stain-free
Can be worked into a decorative edge
Though it can briefly tolerate moderate temperatures for a brief time, you'll want to use a hot pad or trivet when placing a hot pan on it
Integrated sinks are not available, as with solid surfacing
Though it's important to always follow your manufacturer's specific instructions, quartz surfacing producer Cambria recommends washing with warm water and a pH neutral, non-abrasive cleaner.
Similar to natural stone, depending on distribution in your area. Expect to pay $45-$125 per square foot.