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what is quartz

When it comes to selecting materials for your multifamily project it can be an arduous process. You have a magnitude of options such as natural quartzite, engineered quartz, natural stones such as granite and quartzite. What are the differences? How can you tell one material from the next? Here is an effortless way to differentiate quartz from stones and other solid surface materials.

What is Quartz?

It is important that we differentiate natural stone versus manufactured stone. Natural stones such as granites or marbles come from the Earth and occur in nature. On the other hand, engineered quartz is an engineered product that is manufactured and does not occur in nature. Although the word quartz refers to a natural mineral, this does not mean it is a natural stone. Instead, engineered quartz is composed of quartz particles that are bonded together with resin, pigments, and other ingredients to create the manufactured stone that is quartz.

Manufacturing Quartz

Engineered Quartz goes through a 5-step process. These steps include the mining of raw quartz where the mineral is extracted, crushed, and sorted. Crushed quartz, polyester resin, and other ingredients are combined & mixed. After the ingredients are combined, they are poured into a slab shaped mold where it is subjected to vacuum, vibration, and pressure. The slab is then subjected to intense pressure and heat. After this has been completed the slabs are cured in a kiln and then cooled and polished. Because the quartz is mixed with the resin, engineered quartz has low porosity.
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Engineered Quartz an Interior or Exterior Material?

Engineered quartz has a longer life cycle if it is indoors specifically an indoor space that will not be exposed to direct sunlight frequently. Due to its resin contents, engineered stone can be sensitive to UV light and begin to have some discoloration or even yellow. Quartz is best suited in multifamily environments because it is an exceptionally durable stone and has comparable properties as granite.


Quartz is a minimal maintenance material, but you should still be cautious of staining, chipping, scratching, and damages from extreme heat. It is important to know how to care for your engineered quartz and to be mindful of its properties to avoid any damage.

Quartz Options

At Republic Elite we offer a beautiful, stone like appearance quartz that is consistent with its patterns. With over a decade of experience rely on us to provide the services you need to accomplish your multifamily property goals. With thirty-five exclusive options available, we believe you will find the perfect Catalina quartz that will suit any aesthetic and will have the durability and longevity to last longer than any other quartz. To view our selection of quartz, visit our website at Rely on Republic Elite.