Quartz, or "engineered quartz," is a durable and elegant option for kitchen or bathroom countertops, but it is also more expensive than any other countertop option.
Quartz countertops are denser and harder than any other countertop surface. The cost is comparable to higher-end granite countertops. Quartz begins at about £29 a linear foot uninstalled and can run as high as £81 per foot fully installed. By comparison, laminate starts at about £18 a foot installed.
Countertops must have a 93 per cent quartz content to be called quartz. They are sometimes called "engineered quartz" because quartz does not come in large pieces like granite and must be crushed, mixed with polymers and pigments, then formed. All colours and edge finishes of quartz are priced identically from the manufacturer.
There are numerous advantages to quartz countertops. They are the hardest available surface for countertops and are extremely durable. Quartz doesn't crack or break. Its surface is completely solid and does not need sealer to keep out water and bacteria. It is virtually stain free. On the negative side, it is the heaviest countertop, it cannot handle hot pans without a trivet, and there are no quartz-integrated sinks.
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