Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world with a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, only surpassed by topaz, corundum, and diamond. This gives quartz surfaces a distinct advantage over materials such a granite and other natural stone. While it is possible to find slabs of natural quartz, most quartz countertops are man-made or engineered stone. This means that the material has all of the durability benefits of the mineral with the bonus of it not having to be sealed.
Made of approximately 90 percent glass mixed with resins, the surfaces are non-porous, easy to clean, and resist stains and bacteria. They come in a multitude of colors and designs, and because they are made from recycled materials, they are completely sustainable.