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Granite Look Quartz, Engineered Stone

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Artificial Quartz Stone (not to be confused with natural stone Quartzite) is a manmade product created mostly from natural materials. Engineered Quartz is made of %90 to %94 ground quartz and % 6 to %10 resins and coloring pigments that are combined into durable and nonporous slabs. This means you don't get the unique, natural veining that can be found in granite and marble. However, it has now become possible with the newest high technology machines to manufacture quartz slab surfaces that are very similar to the natural stones. The strength of quartz, even in a manufactured form, makes it naturally resistant to abrasion, scratches, dents, and even acids without the need for sealants. And the environmental impact of manufactured quartz is low: Quartz is an abundant material and the finished product is nontoxic and non-allergenic, and will last a lifetime, reducing the need for replacement.

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How much is a slab of engineered quartz stone?

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Average(in US market):

Basic Quartz Slab Prices: $215 to $230

Best Quartz Slab Prices: $302 to $330

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Where can engineered quartz be used?

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Engineered quartz is hard, dense, nonporous, nonabrasive, and nonreactive to acids—attributes that make it perfect for use as countertops, backsplashes, walls, and even floors. Keep in mind that, like natural stone, it’s heavy. And it’s not recommended for use outside because the resins aren’t UV stable (warranties are voided for outdoor applications). In terms of heat resistance, the material is reportedly not affected by temperatures lower than 300 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, it shouldn’t be used as flooring over radiant heat because of possible damage from long-term exposure to heat.

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How to cleaning and maintenance of quartz surface?

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Engineered quartz are easy to clean and maintain. Warm water and soap are recommend for day-to-day cleaning. For a stubborn spill, you can use a nonabrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub. The polished finish will stay intact with no need for ongoing maintenance other than avoiding abrasive cleaners that could dull the surface. Note that honed surfaces show more fingerprints and other signs of use than other finishes and require more frequent cleaning.

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Is quartz slabs cheaper than granite?

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Quartz and granite are priced similarly per square foot, with granite slabs having the wider variation in price. Granite can be more expensive than quartz at times, based on the availability of a color and pattern. Sometimes quartz is more expensive due to the treatments it receives during manufacturing.

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What are the disadvantages of quartz countertops?

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The main downsides of quartz countertops are their price, appearance (if you desire the look of natural stone), and lack of resistance against heat damage.

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How do you tell the quality of engineered quartz?

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The surface should be streaked with white and show naturally occurring irregularities. Glass made to look like quartz will be smoother and show few, if any, striations or streaks in its surface, with even color distribution that may be pleasing aesthetically but are not characteristic of genuine quartz.

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Can I put a hot pan on quartz countertop?

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While a quartz countertop is heat resistant, it can be damaged if exposed to too much heat. Since the resin can only withstand approximately 150 degrees, placing very hot materials such as a pan directly out of the oven will burn the countertop and cause permanent damage.

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