Quartz Counters Have An Edge Over Granite

I’ve been seeing quartz countertops in many upgraded kitchens and higher-end homes lately. Well, actually for the last several years, and I like what I see. While I still see some wonderful applications of granite and I still like the look of slab granite (as many buyers do) it didn’t make the cut and we put Hanstone Quartz in the condo on 17th st in Boulder. I think that quartz looks like it’s a great alternative to the now almost passe’ use of Granite for counters.

One of my first hands on experiences was with a client that purchased a home in Lafayette. He hired Lookout Renovation to do the kitchen, among other things, and I remember my buyer saying that he had developed an opinion about granite vs. quartz and thought that quartz had some advantages. Now, this guy’s an engineer type and ex-military and all that so he’s very to-the-point and practical so I listened carefully and did some checking. Turns out that quartz counters are indeed stronger and more durable, among other attributes.

There’s one I found called Caesarstone and their website calls out some details:

Comprised of 93% natural quartz – one of nature’s strongest minerals – and backed by a 10-year warranty, CaesarStone Quartz Surfaces and Countertops offer the ultimate combination of form and function, allowing for a more diverse, durable, and practical countertop surfacing material than either granite or marble. With its stain, scratch, and heat-resistant properties, CaesarStone is the ideal choice for care-free kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, table tops, wall paneling, and much, much more.

Now… I had a client who was looking at a home with me last year we were admiring the counters. She said that she didn’t think that it looked like granite. I said that it looked like it could be quartz and was perhaps not slab granite as I had seen granite alternatives that people had called ‘quartz’. She said they didn’t make counters from quartz so it must be granite. (she told me she was trained as a geologist so I paid close attention). She corrected me and said that a counter couldn’t be made from quartz since quartz didn’t occur naturally as a slab form but rather in smaller crystals so it was impossible. Whew! I was glad to have that new information.

What I kept wondering was what the heck is all that stuff at Lowe’s and Home Depot that they’re selling that they call quartz? And, why is there the occasional article about quartz counters in the paper like there was yesterday… and what the heck was my past client in Lafayette talking about. I had to get to the bottom of this so I knew what to say the next time someone asked me about this at a showing!

Common brand names include Cambria , Silestone, and Zodiaq, and engineered quartz countertops are now available through most kitchen design firms, as well as the major home and garden centers like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

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6 Responses to “Quartz Counters Have An Edge Over Granite”

  1. Jocko Johnson on October 12th, 2007 8:09 pm

    Dude, what is this drivel? Seriously.

  2. Jocko Johnson on October 12th, 2007 8:35 pm

    Sorry, man, that was toolish of me. Just having a bad day. For reasons that are less than clear, discussion of countertop materials annoyed me.


    “Although some quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone, the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors.”

    So both the engineer and the geologist are right. Have a nice day.

  3. Zachary Epps on October 12th, 2007 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the comment.

    I really enjoyed it and you made my day.

    You’re right, it’s all pretty funny stuff. … Annoying?

    It’a about time someone stepped in.


  4. Chris on October 22nd, 2007 3:09 pm


  5. Carol on January 6th, 2008 4:20 am

    I am currently changing my countertops from formica to either silestone, caeserstone or zodiaq. I am parcial to Silestone but have read all 3 are 93% natural stone and the rest is epoxy and color.

    My problem is from everything I’ve read, Silestone is the best but I’m not sure why. Home Depot, who carries Silestone is a crappy establishment who awards jobs to who ever is available. However, I find smaller establishments don’t really carry Silestone.

    So bottom line, is one really better than the other? I would like to avoid Home Depot, if possible.

  6. Zachary@Boulder Real Estate on February 16th, 2008 4:31 pm

    I believe that there are many sources for silestone.
    Here’s one I found on the silestoneusa website:
    1685 Boxelder Street
    Louisville, CO 80027
    Tel: 303-664-1400
    Fax: 303-664-1500

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