Do you live in the Charlotte area and are in the market for quartz countertops? PRO-TOPS specializes in the fabrication and installation of kitchen and bath countertops including quartz countertops. We would love to hear about your upcoming kitchen and/or bath remodeling project. We provide full kitchen and bath remodeling services and have a sister company called FMA construction which provides additional remodeling services including flooring, drywall, painting and carpentry.
Quartz countertops are beautiful, easy to maintain and are in increasingly high demand among homeowners. Quartz has surpassed granite and marble in popularity and it’s easy to understand why with so many styles and colors to choose from and ease of maintenance.
Quartz surfaces have evolved so much over the years. You can now choose style / patterns that mimic marble and granite. If you live in the Charlotte area, come and visit our complete kitchen and bath showroom. We carry all the major brands of quartz and have hundreds of colors for you to choose from.
Quartz countertops are slick looking, durable and low maintenance. They rival granite countertops in popularity and are similar in price per square foot.
Quartz countertops come in a variety of colors and hues (some really off the charts!). While some have sparkles and veins, others have recycled glass and metallic flecks to create a different and unique look. Over the years, quartz color options have multiplied giving more choices to homeowners.
Origin of quartz
In its pure form, quartz is colorless or white. Quarts is the 4th hardest crystalline mineral found on earth. It is the most common mineral available making up 12% of the earth’s crust. The soil in which it is found directly affects its coloration. Quartz is imported from all around the world. Some of the major producers of quartz crystals include the United States, Madagascar, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
Engineered quartz countertops
Quartz slabs used to fabricate countertops are made of about 95% quartz which are mined and ground in various sizes. Coarsely ground quartz yields a speckled appearance, whereas finely ground quartz yields a smooth appearance. Color pigments and a polyester resin are fused to the mixture under intense heat and pressure to create the solid quartz slab from which the final countertops will be fabricated. Quartz countertops are called solid surface countertops that are man-made unlike granite and marble which are naturally occurring and cut into slabs from which countertops are cut.