Question

I'm thinking of installing a quartz countertop in our kitchen. How durable, how safe for the air, and how green is this choice?

Asked by elizabeth
Rhinebeck, NY

The countertop would be quartz. I understand that it won't need to be sealed. What brands have little or no VOCs?

Answer

Quartz is my professional first choice in homes for green countertops

Engineered quartz solid surfacing with the brand names Caesarstone and/or Silestone emits low VOCs and is Greenguard Certified to meet rigorous indoor air quality safety standards. Quartz surfaces are nonporous and prevent the growth of surface mold and bacteria due to the use of quartz as a key ingredient. Quartz products do not need sealing and maintenance like granite or other stone. There is less material waste during manufacturing (quarrying) and fabrication of quartz surfaces. Silestone and Caesarstone both maintain responsible water treatment and reuse in their manufacturing facilities, while also implementing quarry restoration processes and using recycled materials and nontoxic pigments in their product lines. Both of these lines have lifetime warranties and are stain, scratch, crack and heat resistant. 

Quartz surfaces have become a standard for my practice for not only our residential kitchen and bath projects, but in our commercial and medical projects as well. Use with confidence!

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