Quartz slabs are manufactured using upwards of ninety-three percent quartzite. The remainder is typically other natural stones, minerals and a resin which allows the compound to hold its shape. Quartz is just as beautiful as its quartzite counterpart, but is sometimes regarded as easier to maintain. The same resin that is used to bind the minerals together is what makes quartz slab non-porous. It’s a more forgiving surface for those with small children or pets.
unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help make these counters stain and scratch resistant—and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed