In the kitchen countertop arena, experts say that granite’s long-standing reign at the top has been finally been ended by quartz. Today, quartz is considered the most popular type of countertop material. It has garnered a loyal following because of its many good qualities such as durability, beauty, and the fact that it doesn’t possess some of the inherent weaknesses of natural stone. 

Quartz countertops are also known as engineered stone countertops because they are manufactured instead of quarried like most stone slabs are. The manufacturing process allows for the wider range of colors than what you’ll find in natural stones such as granite or marble. The appearance of the finished product is rich and luxurious. 

Quartz is nonporous, so it is highly resistant to staining. It stands up well against juice, wine, oil, coffee, and other common sources of stains in the kitchen. This nonporous quality also benefits the material’s cleanliness—it won’t harbor bacteria or viruses, and it’s easy to wipe clean. The surface also feels sleek and doesn’t have the same hardness that many find unpleasant in other types of stone countertops. 

Granted, granite isn’t going away anytime soon, and it still has many die-hard fans. However, quartz has now become a suitable alternative for those looking for something different in their countertops.