In contrast to natural stone, engineered or synthetic stone is a man-made product and was not introduced to the countertop industry until the late 1980s. With a dramatic shift in fashion and interior décor choices, there was an increased demand for manufactured slabs with more consistency, density, and a refined finish. Unlike natural stone, you can find similar designs and styles of stone, since they are manufactured by hand.
The most common manufactured or engineered stone used for making countertops is quartz. Quartz naturally occurs as a crystal mineral, which is incredibly strong and beautiful. A slab of quartz stone is made from quartz crystals being held together with a resin binder. Since they are processed repeatedly, engineered slabs are non-porous which makes them scratch, chip, and stain resistant. It is also easier to maintain and clean since it can withstand higher pH levels and acidic cleaners.
At Any Top Shop LLC, we offer the following three different categories of engineered quartz. Each category further has variants differing in colors, patterns and prices.
Benefits of Quartz Stone
If you are looking for something durable, strong, and virtually maintenance-free, then quartz is your answer. Quartz is a perfect natural stone for those with a busy lifestyle. Manufacturers have advanced considerably in the ways they have created quartz stones that mimic the bold and dynamic look of exotic granites. Visually, you may not be able to tell the difference between quartz and granite, aside from cost. Some quartz manufacturers have managed to replicate marbled veins in the stone which makes them desirable for many different uses.
The benefits of using quartz are many include having a solid surface which eliminates bacteria growth inside the stone. It also requires little or no sealants, conditioning, or polishing. Quartz is also heat, scratch, and stain-resistant and the color does not fade over time. Quartz makes a great countertop material because of its durability but also because it is easy to maintain compared to granite. We highly recommend quartz for kitchen countertop use.
Quartz is known as the hardest surface on earth, which makes it suitable for manufacturing countertops for the busiest rooms of your home, bathroom and kitchen. Naturally non-porous, Quartz comes in a variety of different colors and patterns in the following categories:
NATURAL AND QUARTZ STONE
At Any Top Shop LLC, we have installed over 1,000 countertops per year, which makes it safe to say that we are the experts in manufacturing and installing countertops. With years of experience, knowledge and expert skills, we offer our customers a wide range of materials to choose from. In our large portfolio you will find different options in three main categories of materials; namely, Granite, Quartz, and Marble. Each category is divided further into different categories depending on their prices, with each subcategory having multiple options.
All of three of these categories of stone or slab come under two main types, natural and engineered. Each type is a bit different from one another, with their own benefits and limitations. When you are making a choice for the material you want to use to build your countertops, you will need to choose either one of them.
At Any Top Shop LLC we provide you a selection of both kinds of stones or slabs, so you can choose the one which suits your requirements. It is an important decision to make so you need to know what each one is like and their pros and cons.