What is Quartz?
Whereas granite, marble, and soapstone, among others, are all natural stone surfaces, quartz is an engineered stone. That said, quartz is not a complete stone imitation. In fact, most quartz counters today are manufactured using a recipe of 93% ground natural quartz combined with 7% polymer resin and pigments to bind the materials together. This process results in a product that is extremely durable and can come in any color.
Quartz isn't a new product by any means. In fact, it's been sold for over 30 years and has been in the big box stores for at least 15. It's becoming increasingly popular today because of declining prices and the release of new colors and collections from top manufacturers.