Quartz is the second most occurring mineral found in the earth’s continental crust right behind feldspar which is the main ingredient found in granite. Quartz may be found in many varieties, a few of which are semiprecious gems.

Unlike granite and marble countertops which are slabs cut from large mined blocks of stone, quartz countertops are manufactured. The chemical makeup of quartz causes it to form crystal structures. The natural quartz crystals are mined and ground, and then mixed together with resin materials. This quartz mixture is then fused together with intense heat and pressure to form a countertop.

Natural quartz comes in many colors including citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, milky quartz. Pure quartz, or clear quartz, is transparent. During the manufacturing process pigments can be added to the quartz mixture, resulting in a limitless array of color possibilities.

Quartz Countertop Finishes

Like granite and marble, quartz countertops can be completed with a variety of finishes for a varied look and feel. A polished finish gives the countertops a slick feel and a shiny look. Quartz countertops may also be honed or sandblasted for a a smooth, matte finish.

How Durable are Quartz Countertops?

Quartz countertops are highly durable and practically maintenance free. Due the the nature of the resin manufacturing process, quartz countertops are non porous and do not need sealing. Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite, yet more flexible, making them easier to install. Quartz is also highly heat resistant and antimicrobial. The seams in quartz countertops are not as visible as in marble or granite.

There is a drawback to quartz countertops in that prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading of color. For this reason, quartz is not recommended for outdoor kitchens.


Silestone ®

Quartz Surfaces that are a Brand Apart

If you are looking for countertops that are beautiful, functional, and low-maintenance, consider the quartz compound, Silestone®. It blends the grace of nature with the enhanced performance of today’s technology. With a large collection of colors that is always growing, matched with the prevention of bacteria and pathogens, Silestone® offers surfaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and protective.

Maintenance Free Means LESS Work

As much as beauty contributes to the purchase of countertop surfaces placed in one’s home, practicality is also of utmost importance. Silestone® is capable of delivering both of those elements in a way many surfaces cannot. It is created with 94% natural quartz. Its non-porous nature means that it is a maintenance-free surface, unlike more porous stones such as granite or marble, which would need to be sealed on a yearly basis in order to prevent bacterial growth.

Superior Protection against Bacteria

Along with eliminating the need to repeatedly seal your surfaces, Silestone® offers exceptional quality in all the ways it can withstand your day-to-day lifestyle. This product is resistant to stains, acid, scratches, and impact. Not only that, but Silestone® is the only brand to offer Bacteriostatic protection. By using the latest and greatest advances in silver-based compounds to halt bacteria’s reproduction, Bacteriostatic protection prevents it from spreading across your counters. Matching this advanced technology with a large range of textures and colors means that you will have not only a beautiful kitchen to show off to your family and friends, but also one that protects you from illness.

Over 60 Colors to Choose from

When first created in 1990, Silestone® came in six color options and was only available in Spain. Over the past 25 years, they have expanded to over sixty color options as well as ever-developing advances to the overall quality of the product. The popularity of Silestone® continues to grow on the basis of the quality of the product and the strength of the brand behind it.

A Company with a Strong History

By 1997, Silestone® had planted their roots in the United States. In 2002, they stretched out further, landing in both Brazilian and Chinese markets. By 2011, Africa and Australia were also introduced to the product. Widening their markets was a massive success, but it did not distract them from their mission to lead the market with innovative technology and beautiful design options. Their Eco Line series launched in 2009. Not only did this series carry the always present performance and design qualities, but also boasted the green component of 75% recycled materials used in its manufacturing.

The Best Warranty in the Business

Silestone® continues to enjoy a favored place in the design arena. As a thank-you to their loyal following and to commemorate their 25th anniversary in 2015, they are extending their warranty from the original ten years. They are now offering their customers a certified, written 25-year transferable warranty for their surfaces: making them the only brand to do so.

Elegant Style and Peace of Mind

When designing the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams, there is no need to look any further than Silestone®. It is resistant to heat, impact, scratches, and even acids. The daily wear of cooking will be close to non-existent. Its non-porous texture gives you an experience free of bacteria and stains. As a product created to entangle strength and beauty, the past twenty-five years of innovation have helped shape that perfect balance. To the naked eye, it is a smart finish to any high-end bathroom or kitchen. To the concerned parent, it is also a guarantee that your children are eating their after-school snack on the safest surface in the home.

Caesarstone ®

The countertops you choose for your kitchen and bath have a huge impact on the interior design of your home. In the past, granite was the go-to surface for the discriminating buyer, but today Caesarstone® is making its way to the top. This surface combines both nature’s beauty and advanced technology to create a countertop that not only looks great but is easy to maintain.

Composed of 93% quartz and the hardest minerals on Earth, Caesarstone® is completely non-porous and maintenance-free. The polymer resins and pigments are compacted, post-cured, cut to a precise thickness, and polished to a shine that lasts.

Durable and Flexible

One of the top benefits of using a Caesarstone® countertop is the flexibility. This material makes for a cost effective installation with its simplified fabrication. It can be installed in a thinner form than most surface materials. This is helpful if countertop weight is a problem. Caesarstone® is a perfect choice for bathrooms, laundry spaces, kids’ rooms, or even the office. The surface can also be installed in larger sections for homeowners who do not want seams or joints in their kitchen island or a spacious countertop area.

Low Maintenance

Homeowners, or developers, looking for a unique custom designed and maintenance-free countertop should give this type of quartz close consideration. Caesarstone® is resistant to cracks, stains, scratches, and heat. Families who are busy with children, or pets, will love these features.

Some people love to baby their countertops and seal them every year. If you are not one of those people, Caesarstone® may be the perfect choice for you. It is great for busy modern families who want a beautiful maintenance-free home.


Apart from traditional kitchen spaces, another great application for a Caesarstone® countertop is in the basement or outdoor kitchen. This material is non-porous and the pigment is consistent throughout the slab, making it less likely to fade in the sun. It is also mold and mildew resistant, and immune to freezing and thawing. When considering an installation that will be open to the elements, or in any moisture-rich environment, working with a product made by Caesarstone® will help ensure you will be satisfied with your space for years to come.


Maintaining a cohesive look throughout your home is simple with Caesarstone® countertops. They go through a rigorous process to ensure color consistency. Homeowners who want to use the same counter in their kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry space will enjoy the beautiful elegant look of this product. The counters will not have strange color variations that can make the surfaces look defective. Finding the perfect color choice is also almost guaranteed. The color combinations are endless. Unlike natural stone slabs like granite, if your piece breaks during transit or installation, a new countertop slab that looks exactly the same can be used, instead.

Peace of Mind

Caesarstone® is the only quartz company to achieve the international standard specifically for environmental protection, ISO 14001 certification. The company prides itself on putting the environment, and the health of its consumers, first. These surfaces are Earth-friendly and worry-free. That confidence is backed up by a Residential Lifetime Warranty. With Caesarstone®, you can rest easy that the beauty you enjoy not only is environmentally sustainable, but will give your family years of hassle-free service.

Hanstone ®

This manufactured quartz product comes from Hanwha Surfaces, an American division of Hanwha Corporation (read more). It is made up of approximately 93 percent mined quartz crystals. HanStone® Quartz countertops are low maintenance, safe, AND aesthetically pleasing.

Low Maintenance

HanStone® is twice as hard as granite, and it is scratch resistant. Because HanStone® is mainly made up of quartz crystals which are non-porous, it is highly resistant to stains as well. No sealing is required with a HanStone®.


Since HanStone® is a non-porous surface, it emits little to no radon which makes it GREENGUARD Certified. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. There is speculation going on about how much radon granite countertops emit. If this is a concern of yours, HanStone® may be a great option when choosing your kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity top surface. In addition to being GREENGUARD Certified, HanStone® Quartz surfaces are certified by the National Sanitation for Food Safety and Food Contact under the NSF 51 Certification.

Backed by Warranty

HanStone® Quartz is backed by a Residential Limited Lifetime Warranty. The incredible durability of this countertop gives you surfaces that will be with you for as long as your home itself. Longevity is a part of the beauty that’s more than just surface deep in HanStone® Quartz.

Design Versatility

HanStone® has a luxurious aesthetic appeal, and it is available in more than 40 colors and patterns. These surfaces can also be made in a completely custom formula in order to fit your unique and one-of-a-kind design needs.

We Are a HanStone® Quartz Distributor

If you’re looking for a reputable Hanstone® Quartz installer, then look no further. Amazon Stone has installed hundreds of HanStone® Quartz kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops in the Atlanta area. We take pride in our work, and we have an A+ BBB Rating to show it.

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