Although some quartz countertops are actually made of quarried slabs of the natural stone, the new engineered material is actually created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colours.

Generally scratch and stain resistant, Engineered quartz offers a uniform pattern so what you see in a showroom will be very close to what will be installed in your kitchen. The surface is durable and, unlike granite, non-porous. Like granite it has a sheen finish but does not require sealing.