Typically quartz countertops are not 100% stone (they’re usually combined with resins) so they are commonly refereed to as engineered quartz. However, these countertops have become a popular choice among homeowners in recent years for many of the reasons granite and marble became common picks for those looking for natural and durable countertop options.
Quartz is naturally non-porous (unlike marble) which means that it is incredibly difficult to stain. You’ll obviously not want to leave liquids sitting out on it, but cleaning quartz and maintaining its natural beauty doesn’t require too much on your part. This non-porous quality also means that this stone doesn’t need to be sealed like granite or marble. Quartz is also an incredibly hygienic option and is safe for food preparation (again, without any sealant.)
Another benefit of quartz is the uniformity you’ll get, especially with its color. Because it is engineered, you’ll also have a wider variety of color options to choose from.
Quartz is also difficult to scratch—nearly impossible, in fact— and it also very hard to crack. Quartz is actually significantly stronger than even granite (an already strong natural stone), so it is manufactured to be incredibly durable. This durability leads to a long-lasting product that looks incredible.
Last, quartz deals relatively well with heat; short exposure to hear will not harm quartz, but it is important to make sure that this engineered stone does not experience prolonged heat exposure. Overall, the advantages to using quartz are near endless for any surface in your home.