Quartz Countertops by Excel Glass & Granite
Whether you’re updating your kitchen or installing new bathroom counters, choosing the right material for your countertops can be a headache. Luckily, locals in the greater Pittsburgh area have the experts at Excel Glass and Granite to help! With our very own warehouse and luxury showrooms, we offer a wide selection of Quartz and other engineered stone products. Our experienced, skilled team is here to help you design the perfect quartz counters for your home. Before you give us a call, let’s learn more about quartz countertops so you can make an informed decision.
FAQ’s on Quartz Counters
How Are Quartz Countertops Made?
Though it’s called quartz stone, countertops are made from an engineered stone product that contains natural stone pieces mixed with synthetic resins and colorants. This quartz countertop material is first manufactured in large slabs, and then professionals fabricate the slab to fit the shapes of kitchen or bathroom counters. Additionally you can add decorative and functional edging, as well as cut out sink and faucet details.
How Do I Maintain My Quartz Countertops?
Engineered quartz stone is made to withstand water and stains but it’s not indestructible or self-cleaning. In the kitchen, make sure to protect quartz countertops from heat damage by not setting hot pans directly down on the surface, and always use cutting boards so you don’t cause scratches that can attract dirt and bacteria. Though the surface is nonporous, only use non-abrasive cleansers on quartz counters.
What Are My Color Options with Quartz?
Because the quartz for countertops is a manmade stone product, the style, color, and finish options are simply endless. If countertop manufacturers want a more natural stone look with visible grains, they mix in larger pieces of natural stone with resin, and they can create a more uniform look with smaller pieces of ground quartz. Manufacturers also can add mica for sparkle or different pigments to create vibrant colors.
Where Are Quartz Countertops Best Used?
Though engineered stone is super versatile, there are some places where another material like granite might be better. Because it contains synthetic resins, countertop quartz isn’t UV resistant, so it will break down in sunlight and isn’t a good material for countertops in outdoor spaces. Since quartz countertops are first manufactured in slabs, there are also size limitations. Talk to the professionals to find the perfect material for your new countertops.