Quartz is more resistant to wear than granite but does not withstand heat as well.
Where Do Quartz Countertops Come from?
In northeast Italy, in 1963, a technology for creating engineered stone was developed by a company called Breton. This company licensed the process out under the trademark Bretonstone®. Bretonstone technology has licensed more than 50 companies around the world, including Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone. All of the manufacturers are still working off of that original patent, from Breton.
Engineered Quartz, What is it?
Engineered quartz is made from a composite of quartz crystals bound together by resins and other binding agents. This combination forms a hard granite-like surface that is extremely durable and non-porous.
What is Stronger Quartz or Granite?
Quartz is harder than granite, which means it damages less easily. Both countertops are heat, scratch, chemical, and stain resistant and both surfaces are low maintenance. However, Quartz countertops are at an increased risk of damage and discoloration from the heat of your pots and pans.
How are Quartz Countertops with Heat?
Quartz countertops are not resistant to high heat. If the temperature gets too high, you can damage your quartz countertops. Hot pots or pans should never be directly placed onto a quartz countertop.
Do Quartz Countertops Scratch?
Quartz is a hard surface. However, not hard enough to withstand the effects of sharp objects like knives cutting directly on them. Quartz countertops are scratch resistant but not scratch proof.
Can I Cut On My Quartz Countertop?
Slice, dice, and chop to your heart’s content, but make sure to do it on a cutting board.
Things to avoid to keep your quartz:
- dropping pans or other hard objects on the surface.
- dragging heavy or anything hard across the service.
- grit or abrasive cleaners.
While Quartz countertops are not easily scratched with normal use they are definitely more likely to scratch over granite.
How do I care for my quartz countertop?
Quartz countertops are easy to care for. Because the surface is non-porous, they are hard to stain. Please ask us for more detailed instructions and recommendations on how to clean and maintain your quartz countertop.