Engineered Stone

Engineered2021-04-10T15:02:20+00:00

QUARTZ FAQS

What should I know about Quartz?

One of the most popular, versatile, and affordable countertop options available, quartz is always a bestseller.

Is Quartz a Natural Stone?2021-01-06T04:58:35+00:00

Quartz is often mistaken for a natural stone like granite or marble. In reality, quartz is a man-made blend of at least 90% powdered quartz stone and a polymer resin like silicon dioxide. During the fabrication process, the liquid quartz blend is poured into a mold to create a hard-pressed slab. After this slab is cured, it’s precisely cut down to fit the measurements of your home.
Any color of pigment can be added to the blend to produce the exact look you want for your countertop. As an engineered stone, quartz is consistent in terms of quality and performance, and a uniform appearance throughout the slab is ensured by the fabrication process.

Is Quartz as Durable for Countertops as Natural Stone?2021-01-06T04:56:05+00:00

If you love natural stone’s elegant look but don’t like to deal with constant care and resealing, quartz is an alternative, attractive option. Quartz provides a hard and durable work surface that doesn’t need to be sealed to be stain resistant, as only natural stone is porous (a result of how natural stone is formed underground).
Quartz also withstands scratches, chips, and cracks. The only area of concern is heat. Never put a pot or pan from the stove or oven directly on the surface of a quartz countertop. You can easily avoid permanent damage by keeping a heat-protecting pad or trivet handy in the kitchen (or even the bathroom if you use heated styling tools).

Why You Should Consider Quartz Countertops2021-01-06T04:56:39+00:00

The latest quartz fabrication methods yield incredible color and texture, making quartz by far the most customizable and versatile material to complement your home’s interior design and style. In addition to solid colors in a variety of hues, it’s also possible to achieve multicolored flecks of different sizes and densities based on the mixing process. The newest trends in quartz fabrication mimic a quarried slab of natural stone with subtle veins of color and random striations.

Caring for Quartz Counters2021-01-06T04:57:42+00:00

Quartz is an excellent countertop material for maintaining hygienic conditions in kitchens and bathrooms. Its non-porous surface effectively repels bacteria and mold and resists stains from wine, makeup, oils, and all your other household goods.
Caring for a quartz countertop doesn’t get any easier. You don’t have to seal the surface, as is the case with natural stone. Merely clean quartz with soap and water, and it will last you for years to come.
Your quartz can be fabricated to look like high-end marble, and only you’ll ever know how much money you saved. Because it’s not quarried and shipped to your location, engineered quartz slabs are much more affordable and customizable than natural stones like granite, marble, and quartzite. Finally, what’s not to love about a low-maintenance surface that’s easy to clean?

PORCELAIN FAQS

What Are Porcelain Countertops?

Porcelain countertops are made from non-porous ceramic clay that contains various minerals. As with all porcelain products, the material is baked in temperatures ranging from about 2200-2650 Fahrenheit. These extremely high temperatures produce a durable countertop material that is resistant to scratching, cracking, UV light, and naturally heat. Unlike with quartz countertops, the colors and patterns on porcelain countertops are only on surface. So you won’t have the same depth as a ‘marble look’ quartz countertop that incorporates actual elements of natural stone for a 3D-look. Colors and patterns on porcelain countertops are achieved by adding pigments (“glaze”) to the surface. These pigments can make the surface resemble everything from marble to wood and even steel. You can see that the pigment does not go all the way through the stone.

Porcelain Finishes2021-01-08T00:27:21+00:00

You don’t have as many finish options for porcelain countertops as you do with quartz or natural stone. However there are still options with two popular finishes being high-gloss and matte. The finish gets baked on during the manufacturing process (as opposed to other materials that receive their finish through sealing) and offers resistance to staining.

Porcelain Edge Styles2021-01-08T00:26:55+00:00

With porcelain countertops, you really only have two edge options: square or mitered. Because the material is so thin, manufacturers will often create a mitered edge to give it a thicker look.

Porcelain Pros and Cons2021-01-08T00:26:31+00:00

Pros
the porcelain used to create countertops is very durable and essentially scratch-proof as well as heat-proof
similarly, porcelain countertops are very stain-resistant; unlike porous materials such as granite or quartzite, liquids and even chemicals will not penetrate porcelain easily
porcelain countertops are resistant to UV light, making them popular for outdoor kitchens
you don’t have to continually seal porcelain countertops as you do with other materials like quartzite; they are very low maintenance
Cons
the patterns on porcelain countertops are only surface-deep; they do not extend through the full body of the slab, meaning that they tend to lack depth
you can still scratch them with ceramic knives; doing so will reveal the pattern’s skin-deep nature
porcelain countertops tend to be very thin, which necessitates visual tricks such as mitered edges to make them appear more substantial
many of the porcelain countertops in the United States are imported from Europe, which means higher costs for you that don’t necessarily go towards getting a superior material; even ignoring this aspect, there are many better options

The decision to invest in high-quality stone fabrication services to upgrade your home is a big one. Materials, patterns, design, space, timeframe, and cost are all crucial factors to be considered. At DTK Stone Works, we take pride in guiding our customers through all of their options and helping them to make informed decisions when making home improvements. The design, fabrication, and installation processes are done to the most exacting of standards, and we guarantee that you’ll be pleased with the results for years to come. We view your budget constraints and unique aesthetic tastes not as challenges to overcome, but as opportunities to help you craft exactly the home environment you’ve been dreaming of.

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Stone Products Reviews

Fabulous service. Took us into the warehouse, showed us a bunch of slabs, measured and installed within a week. Everything was perfect and they beat all competing prices. Would definitely recommend!

Jessica P.. – owner

Chicago – IL

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