Quartz countertops are engineered stone surfaces. They combine the best of natural stone with modern manufacturing processes. This results in a surface that's comparable (and often superior) in beauty to granite and marble while offering greater durability.
Granite is a purely natural stone that comes directly from stone quarries and is then cut into thin slabs, polished, and fabricated into countertops.
Quartzite: primarily made out of quartz, which is created when just the right amount of heat, pressure, and natural chemicals come together.
Marble: a type of natural stone that’s created when limestone is subjected to intense heat and pressure.
Limestone: created by the calcium carbonate of shells and bits of skeletons of ocean life. The shells and bones build up on the ocean floors and eventually harden into limestone.
Soapstone: a talc-schist, which is a type of metamorphic rock.
Slate: created from foliated metamorphic rock.
Porcelain is made from heating a mix of powdered china stone and white china clay, also known as kaolin, at about 1450°C. The high temperature causes the china stone to vitrify into a dense, highly durable material, while the object retains its shape thanks to the kaolin.