New to the countertop market and put into the same category of natural stone is engineered quartz
. Quartz is great by combining 93 percent of natural quartz with 7 percent resin to create a highly durable material that is twice as strong as granite. Just recently quartz has been marketed in North America but it has been in Europe for 15 years. Engineered quartz offers a countertop that is nonporous and stain resistant. The slabs being manufactured have uniform colors and patterns, making it easier for consumers to know that they will get what they want. Unlike granite, engineered quartz doesn't require a sealant, just a cleaning on a regular basis.
The only drawback with this type of countertop is that a hot pad is required when placing a hot pan on it, and it is as expensive as granite. However, the money invested is worth the quality, value, and the durability these countertops will have to offer. An option that some consumers take to save money is having the natural stone cut into pieces and placing them like tiles. Another affordable option is placing a slab over an existing countertop. Both natural stone and engineered quartz require the proper maintenance to avoid any discoloration, scratches, or other costly damages. Natural stone requires special sealants about every six months to a year. And always avoid acidic cleaners or solutions to prevent severe damage to the countertop