Quartz counter tops have become very popular in the past few years. Quartz is a man made product using the earths minerals to create a specific color & design. Quartz has been compared to granite in its durability and is highly scratch resistant.
Quartz counter tops require no maintenance unlike granite counter tops & marble counter tops. Quartz does not stain & requires no sealing. Especially now with coronavirus, disinfecting & sanitizing kitchens & bathrooms has been on the rise. Quartz is not porous so go ahead and use your spray on sanitizers and wipe off without the worry of removing the sealer and having to reseal.
Quartz is heat resistant up to a certain temperature. A quartz counter top is made up of nearly 93% quartz with the rest being the resin and pigments. That means if you are taking a pan out of your oven or a hot pot from your stove, you cannot set it down directly on your quartz counter top. The resin will burn and may cause permanent damage. Like all counter top surfaces placing a hot pan or hot pot on your quartz counter top is not recommended. Using a trivet or hot pad is recommended
The selection of Quartz has also improved with more colors & designs to choose from. The prices are more affordable and very competitive. Popular colors are whites & marble looks.
While quartz is great for any room inside of your house, it is not suitable for outdoor applications. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will eventually damage a quartz counter top.