Quartz Kitchen Countertops, Composite Tables and Bathroom Vanity Tops Built Custom in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Area Quartz Fabrication for Homes and Businesses
Custom quartz stonework is perfect for improving the appearance and quality of your home on a budget. With a speckled appearance similar to granite, quartz adds enduring style to any kitchen or bathroom at an affordable price.
One of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops, table tops, tiles and backsplashes are durable and easy to maintain.
How Quartz Countertops are Made
Quartz slabs are manufactured by mixing quartz with resins, polymers and pigments creating a smooth, non-porous surface resistant to stains and scratches. Our quartz stonework fabricators design, handcraft, inspect and install high-quality quartz countertops for kitchens and bathrooms.
We provide a free estimate within one business day for all stonework design, installation and repair services. Granite Plus quartz installers respect your home and your time, providing thorough cleanup and inspection when we’re done.
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Quartz Uses and Ideas: Not Just for Countertops
Quartz is very hard, low maintenance, resistant to damage and available in virtually unlimited colors and textures, making it an ideal material for a wide range of uses:
- Kitchen countertops and islands
- Bathroom countertops and vanities
- Shower walls & tub surrounds
- Tile backsplashes
- Window sills
- Furniture accent pices including tabletops, desktops & dresser tops
- Fireplace hearths & surrounds
Quartz adds beauty & function to any room of you home, but is not suitable for outdoor use because it can fade from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Whether you need a warm-colored quartz tile fireplace hearth for your cozy den or a neutral kitchen countertop with radius edges and an undermount sink, our skilled and experienced fabricators deliver artisan craftsmanship, quality materials and respectful installation.
Granite Plus also carries an ever-changing selection of quartz remnants left over from our custom countertop fabrications which are ideal for shelves, coffee tables and smaller projects.
Quartz Design Options
Engineered quartz is versatile enough to complement any color palette or type of décor from traditional to eclectic. When making composite quartz, pigments can be added to the quartz/resin mixture creating a vast range of color and texture options.
You can buy solid-color quartz surfaces or patterns designed to mimic natural stone. Certain quartz types include metallic flecks or bits of recycled glass or shells for added visual interest.
Many homeowners choose man-made quartz due to the virtually unlimited aesthetic options available. Coordinating with your personal design preferences is easy when you can select combinations of hue, grain and finish not readily available in natural stone products.
Digital photographs can give you an idea of what the quartz looks like, but a picture can never fully show the characteristics of a quartz slab or tile. The best way to choose a quartz countertop, backsplash, ledge or hearth for your home is to order a physical sample and see how it looks in the room.
Quartz Edge Profiles
Our experienced quartz fabricators can create quartz stone surfaces for your home in a variety of different edge profiles including:
- Quarter rounded (single or double)
- Hand chiseled
- Radius work
There are also many varieties sculpted or layered edges available for quartz tabletops, islands and tub surrounds. Different edge profiles can be used to create the appearance of a thicker slab or create other desired effects.
Granite Plus is your best choice for quartz fabrication and custom design options in the Milwaukee area! Our stonework experts can help you select the right height and edge for your new quartz surface.
Quartz Countertop Thickness
When selecting the perfect quartz countertop, it’s not one-size-fits-all. The ideal thickness for quartz depends on a few factors—application, placement, installation method and pricing, to name a few. Most quartz countertops are split into 2 categories of thickness:
Less than 3cm: While sleek, these slabs are often too thin to fully support themselves. They usually require hidden or decorative supports to keep them durable, especially in high-utility areas like the kitchen or bathroom. In rare cases, thinner slabs are preferable (such as fireplace surrounds, backsplashes etc.), but more often than not, thicker is better.
3cm or thicker: Quartz countertops provide the best long-term value at 3cm thickness. They’re durable, easy to install and make for a stronger accent to a space. For longevity and style in high-utility spaces, a 3cm quartz countertop is the perfect size.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
Quartz is engineered meaning it can be crafted with a controlled appearance. While many find this as a pro, there are many who prefer the unique features of natural stone materials like granite and marble. Quartz is commonly used in kitchens for the following reasons:
- Because quartz is an engineered stone, the manufacturing process allows for a much wider range of colors to choose from and is often readily available
- Quartz is as strong as concrete and granite but more forgiving therefore it won't crack or chip as easily
- Being a non-porous material, quartz resists stains and doesn't harbor bacteria - a top reason why many homeowners choose quartz countertops for their kitchen
- Quartz offers an upscale look with very low maintenance
Quartz Composite Countertops
What we know as quartz countertops are not the same as the natural material quartz. Engineered quartz composite is made of about 95% ground quartz stone and 5% polymer resin.
Manufactured quartz is beautiful, non-porous, and exceptionally durable. Composite quartz is more durable than some types of granite, marble, and quartzite, which must be resealed every few years (or more frequently).
Composite quartz doesn't need to be sealed or resealed.
Granite Plus offers stone slabs for countertops, and we also carry quartz composite countertops. Quartz countertops are chip- and scratch-resistant. Thanks to a non-porous surface, quartz composite countertops resist stains, corrosion from cooking oils, and bacteria better than granite or other natural stone surfaces.
Composite quartz countertops can often be kept 99.9% bacteria free, greatly reducing the risk of mildew, mold, stains and odors.
Quartz composite kitchen countertops are virtually indestructible, extremely versatile, and very low maintenance. When shopping for quartz composite countertops, Milwaukee homeowners rely on Granite Plus for wide selection and the best craftsmanship.
How to Clean Quartz Kitchen and Bathroom Countertops
Quartz requires less care and maintenance than porous natural stones and is very easy to clean. For basic cleaning, wipe the countertop with a damp paper towel or cloth. If needed, a mild soap or chemical cleaner can be used; be sure to avoid abrasive cleaners or those containing bleach. Clean up spills before they dry onto the surface.
There’s no need to worry about spilled coffee, wine, lemon juice or other substances staining your beautiful quartz countertop. Unlike granite and marble, quartz is non-porous, meaning the surface does not absorb spills and stains. Even stubborn or dried spills can be removed by soaking with water or a mild cleaner and wiping away with a non-abrasive cleaning pad.
While quartz does resist stains from food and many liquids, it is not completely invincible. To ensure the long life and beauty of your quartz kitchen or bathroom countertops, avoid contact with:
- Permanent markers
- Harsh or abrasive chemicals
Although quartz is heat and scratch resistant and extremely durable, it can still be damaged by cutting or placing hot pans directly on the surface. Always use cutting boards and hot pads or trivets.
Quartz is non-porous—meaning it never needs to be sealed. In fact, solvent-based sealers can react negatively with the resin (an additive in engineered stones such as quartz), damaging your new countertop. Using a quartz countertop sealer can damage the aesthetic of the quartz, resulting in a flaky or grainy texture. Instead of using a sealer, which is costly to remove, clean the countertop regularly with warm, soapy water.
Part of quartz’s appeal is its beautiful shine and luster. Another upside: It’s incredibly easy to clean. Quartz is low-maintenance and stain-resistant, making upkeep a breeze.
Quartz countertops are polished when manufactured. Resist the temptation to add more polish, which can dull your countertop, and never use . Instead, keep your quartz countertop looking shiny and new by keeping it free of food-based or product-based residue.
How to Polish Quartz
- Use warm, soapy water to gently wash the entire countertop. In stubborn areas, apply a small amount of vinegar to the solution.
- Soak the countertop in water to rid the surface of soap and food residue. (The majority of streaking comes from these being left behind.)
- Wipe the water off with a clean, dry cloth.
- Avoid oil-based soaps and opt for window cleaner instead. Window cleaner cuts through grease and dries streak-free.
Along with establishing a cleaning routine, make sure to clean up spills as they happen, and before they have a chance to dry.
Engineered quartz countertops are good at resisting permanent stains and are not likely to etch, but it’s still a good idea to wipe up any acidic spills (such as tomatoes, salad dressing, lime juice, etc) promptly to avoid prolonged exposure.
Certain chemicals can erode the surface of a quartz countertop and should be kept clear of your quartz at all costs. These include:
- Nail polish remover
- Drain cleaner
- Dishwasher rinsing agents
- Oven cleaner
- Concentrated bleach
- Silver cleaner
- Any cleaning products or solvents containing trichlorethane or methylene chloride
Wipe up any acidic spills (such as salad dressing, lime juice, etc) promptly, and always follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines for cleaning and maintenance.
If you’re concerned about how your new kitchen or bathroom quartz countertop will handle your most frequently spilled drinks or personal care products, use a sample to test and observe what happens.
Quartz Countertop Repair
If your quartz countertop is damaged, Granite Plus can help. We offer a quartz repair, restoration and maintenance service for any kind of damage, including:
- Scratched quartz countertop
- Chipped quartz countertop
- Quartz countertops cracked from heat or stress
- Any type of damage or wear
The experts at Granite Plus will restore and repair your quartz countertop to look like new, and answer any questions about quartz maintenance and protection in the process.
Quartz vs Granite and Marble: Stone Countertops Comparison
When you’re building or remodeling your home or business, it’s important to understand the differences between types of stone countertops, such as quartz, granite and marble, in order to choose the right material.
Quartz vs Granite
Granite is a porous, natural stone, while quartz counters are made up of natural quartz, other minerals and resin. Unlike granite, the smooth, non-porous surface of quartz is more stain resistant and never needs to be sealed. It also tends to withstand acidic foods and strong cleaning liquids better than granite. However, many types of quartz contain pigments that may change color overtime when exposed to UV rays, so quartz is not recommended for outdoor use, such as patio tables or outdoor kitchens.
From a distance, the speckled pattern of both quartz and granite countertops appear almost identical. Quartz tends to be cheaper than granite, although prices vary. Lower-quality types of granite may cost less than high-end quartz options.
Quartz vs Marble
Marble is another porous natural stone. Quartz is more durable and tends to resist stains, acidic foods, cleaning chemicals and scratches better than marble. However, as with granite, marble can be used outdoors if sealed properly, while quartz is not usable outdoors.
Marble countertops need more maintenance than both quartz and granite, requiring resealing twice a year. It does not have the speckled look of granite and quartz and is generally available in light neutral colors with darker veins.
Quartz vs Quartzite
When researching types of kitchen countertops, you may come across quartzite options and wonder if it is the same as quartz. Quartz and quartzite are two different materials with different properties. Quartzite is a natural stone which is mined, cut, polished and sealed, much like marble and granite. It is usually white or gray but can have pink, red, yellow, blue, green or orange hues depending on the minerals in its composition. Quartzite countertops also have streaks or veins similar in appearance to marble.
Quartz is less prone to chipping and requires less maintenance, while quartzite must be resealed once or twice a year.
Whether you decide to remodel your home or business with quartz, granite or marble surfaces, our skilled fabricators and installers provide the best handcrafted stonework in Southeast Wisconsin.
Quartz is a very safe material to use for kitchen and bathroom countertops because it’s non-porous and resists not only stains, but viruses and bacteria.
Do quartz countertops emit radon? Quartz countertops, according to the EPA, pose zero or very little risk to health.
Natural quartz, like many natural stones, can have trace amounts of radon well within the recommended safety limits. However engineered quartz includes resins and glass and is completely sealed during manufacturing, eliminating the risk of any radon being released.
Cost of Quartz
There is not a significant price difference between quartz and granite countertops. The price of quartz countertops varies based on:
- Low, mid or high-quality quartz, brand and manufacturer
- Square footage, edge treatments, cutouts and finishes
- Adding supports, seam jointing & installation
Granite Plus provides quartz, granite, marble and solid surfaces at a substantially lower cost. Our artisans fabricate each order with exacting attention to detail. Your budget will go farther at Granite Plus!
Quartz Counterop FAQs
How are quartz countertops made?
Quartz countertops are an engineered stone formed by combining ground quartzite (a natural mineral) with resins, polymers and pigments. The ground quartz makes up over 90% of the mixture, and is strengthened by the resins and polymers, resulting in an extremely durable, non-porous substance. Depending on how the quartz is ground, the resulting slab can range from flecked (coarsely ground quartz) to smooth (finely ground quartz). Quartz is available in a wide range of colors and can be custom made to suit your exact tastes.
Do quartz countertops stain?
Quartz countertops are naturally stain resistant—but not necessarily stain proof. Quartz countertops can stain when a liquid reacts with the material’s resin, so products like red wine and coffee can discolor quartz if left for a prolonged period of time. The good news: It’s difficult to permanently stain quartz. As long as you clean up spills as they happen, staining is easily avoidable.
Are quartz countertops safe?
Quartz is a safe and non-toxic material for countertops. Trace amounts of radioactive materials (such as radon) are found in all natural products as radium decays into radon. In comparison to the amounts of radioactivity we encounter on a daily basis, quartz is actually one of the safest materials for countertops and home décor.
Though any trace amounts of naturally occurring radon in quartz fall well below EPA safety limits, they are also completely sealed off during the manufacturing process, meaning no radon gas can be released.
Do quartz countertops burn?
Quartz is relatively heat-resistant, but if it gets too hot, it may get damaged. While the vast majority of the countertop is comprised of actual quartz (over 90%), the remaining makeup is resin, a type of epoxy glue. This glue can only withstand temperatures up to around 150°F. If you’re concerned about accidentally damaging your countertop, you can protect it by using trivets or hot pads.
Do quartz countertops have seams?
Most quartz countertops require at least one seam. We design our quartz countertops to have inconspicuous seams, for a smooth and beautiful finish. This includes making sure seams are kept to a minimum, and shading is consistent between them. Feel free to ask for a sample of our seam work or direct any questions to our quartz countertop experts at Granite Plus.
Quartz Countertop Fabricators & Installers serving Wisconsin
From our New Berlin showroom and stone fabrication facility, we serve homeowners, business owners, designers, architects and remodelers in the greater Milwaukee area and beyond, including Kenosha, Racine, West Allis, Brookfield, Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Mequon, Menomonee Falls, Port Washington, Madison, Green Bay, Appleton and the surrounding areas.
Contact us today for a free estimate and see for yourself: Granite Plus stone equals less cost!