Quartz

What is Quartz?

Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone countertops produced with a combination of natural quartz and other fillers – resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz material is one of the hardest surfaces on earth, which is why it is such a popular surface material for countertops.

Why Quartz?

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of customizability and natural beauty, quartz may be the countertop material for you. These countertops offer unique design possibilities because they come in many colors and textures.

Benefits of Quartz Countertops

Quartz: Contemporary Elegance with a Natural Feel
We love engineered quartz for its dynamic, luxurious practicality. It’s the material that gives you everything you need. Here are a few more reasons why quartz is at the top of our list.
Offering the same durability as granite and concrete, quartz has the advantage because it doesn’t crack or chip as easily. Warm, smooth, and seamless, quartz lets you choose among many colors and offers a luxurious appearance you just can’t get with other materials.

Quartz Countertops Style & Design

Quartz countertops come in a variety of color options and patterns to complete the design of any kitchen, bathroom, or home remodel project. From crisp and clean white to stones with intricate detailing, there is a quartz surface material to accommodate a wide range of style choices. It’s no surprise that this surface material is our best seller – See our top-selling quartz countertop colors below!

Lyra

by Silestone

Et. Calacatta Gold

by Silestone

Pietra

by Silestone

Everest

LG Viatera

Aria

LG Viatera

Quartz Countertops Design For You

Why Choose Quartz

One of the main reasons quartz countertops are our best-selling surface materials is the fact that they require very little and simple care and maintenance. To get the most out of these antibacterial surfaces we recommend the following care instructions.

Daily Cleaning for Quartz Countertops

Although quartz will resist permanent staining when exposed to liquids like wine, vinegar, coffee, lemon juice, soda, and so on, it’s important to wipe up spills immediately, before they have a chance to dry.
Quartz surfaces should be wiped clean with a damp soft cloth, such as a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Carefully dry the surface to remove any food residue, crumbs, or other soils. For best results, we recommend wiping any liquids from your quartz surface immediately to prevent damage.

Disinfecting Quartz Countertops

You can create a disinfectant solution with an 8:1 ratio of clean water and rubbing alcohol. To do so, you will combine 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and two cups of water in a spray bottle. We recommend adding 1-2 drops of an essential oil of your choice – lemon, lavender, etc. to give you a smell-good clean! When using the solution make sure an even layer is sprayed on the surface – the mixture will need to sit for 2-3 minutes to be most effective.

Caring for Stains and Spills

You should always refer to the manufacture’s guidelines for the specific product of quartz you own, however, here are a few tips we can offer:
Routine Soils
Use a mild soap and clean warm or cool water to wipe clean the area with a soft cloth. After washing the area with soap make sure to rinse clean with cool water and dry thoroughly.
Routine Soils

For tough stains like cooking grease, nail polish, gum, and more, cleaners like window cleaner, Formula 409, and other common household cleaners may be used. Simply spray the area down and let the product sit for 2 minutes then scrub with a non-scratch pad (e.g. Scotch-Brite)

While we fabricate and install a variety of quartz brands from LG Viatera,® Cesarstone, MSI Quartz, and more, we recommend this care and maintenance guide from Silestone®.

Quartz Frequently Asked Questions

You may be surprised to know that man-made engineered premium natural quartz countertops are priced very closely to that of their granite surfaces, which are natural stone countertops. On average, quartz can range anywhere from $46-$82 a sq.ft. while granite ranges from $40-$80, with some more exotic stones priced at $100 or more a sq.ft. However, a number of factors will impact the total countertop price, such as edge profile, design choice, surface finish, and the size of your project.
With most quartz retail pricing the cost of install is going to be included in the cost per square foot. However, you will want to keep in mind the additional costs that will need to be factored into your countertops install, including removal and haul away of your existing countertop, sink and range cutouts, plumbing disconnects and reconnects, edge profile upgrades and more. We offer a complimentary online quoting tool that will help you get an estimate for a new quartz countertop.
We do not recommend placing hot pans on quartz countertops as it could damage the surface. Instead, we suggest placing hot pots and pans on pot holders or trivets in order to protect the quartz countertop.
Yes! At MKD, we offer financing options for your new quartz countertop! You can get 12 months no payments, no interest if paid in full during the promotional period with our most popular plan. Learn more about our financing here.
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