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Quartz 101 – A Countertop Guide

Quartz can take any kitchen or bathroom to the next level. Being one of the toughest countertop materials available, quartz will deliver decades of durable service while maintaining its beauty. In this quartz countertop guide, you’ll find the information you need that will help you decide if quartz is the best choice for your home.

What is a quartz countertop?

Quartz countertops differ from granite and marble countertops because quartz is an engineered product while the other two are natural stone. Quartz countertops are made up of around 93 percent quartz, a natural material, and 7 percent binder and color. The result of this combination is an attractive, extremely strong stone. When you go shopping for quartz countertops in Altoona, Harrisburg or Everett, you’ll find options to fit the color scheme and design you’re planning at BC Stone.

Is quartz better than granite?

Quartz and granite are premium countertop materials that add value to a home. To say if one is better than the other depends on the design preferences and lifestyle needs of the buyer. Granite often appeals to those who like all-natural materials, while quartz offers easier maintenance, slightly better durability and a modern look.

What are the pros and cons of quartz countertops?

There is plenty to like about quartz countertops including the durability and beauty they offer. Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of quartz countertops.


  • Extremely durable
  • Quartz doesn’t need to be sealed
  • Variety of options for color and pattern
  • Non-porous which makes it resistant to staining and bacteria
  • Resistant to scratches


  • Since it is engineered, it doesn’t have the natural look as material such as marble and granite
  • Direct sunlight over an extended period of time can cause damage
  • Not as resistant to heat as granite

Which is more expensive, granite or quartz?

The price of granite and quartz will vary considerably from one fabricator in Everett. A lot of factors play into the price of a material such as the design of the countertop and the difficulty level of the project. In the end, homeowners can expect to pay about the same for granite and quartz, at least regarding kitchen and bathroom countertops.

What color does quartz come in?

Quartz countertops, as a man-made stone, are uniform in appearance. They can be made to mimic the color, pattern, and veining of other stones. Quartz comes in many colors and unique patterns are available, including forms that resemble natural stone such as marble.

Popular Quartz Colors

Calacatta Nuvo

An interpretation of natural Calacatta marble, Calacatta Nuvo features elegant and wide cascading grey veins on a white base. This material leaves an unforgettable impression and enhances any space.

White Attica

White Attic by Caesarstone combines dense, dark and mild grey veins on a flawless white background. This color pairs beautifully with modern kitchen cabinets and designs, as well as with more traditional kitchen interiors.

White Zeus Extreme

One of the most popular Silestone colors around, White Zeus Extreme quartz is a very clean white color that brings a calm and distinguished atmosphere in any kitchen or bathroom.

Eternal Calacatta Gold

Featuring blueish and grey veining plus golden shades on a white base, Eternal Calacatta Gold is one of the most desired stones in the market due to its beauty.

All in all, quartz is a great investment for any home! If you are looking for quartz countertops in Altoona, Everett or Harrisburg contact our team here at BC Stone to learn more about our selection!

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