Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Quartz Countertops in Maryland and Washington DC


United Granite is a quartz fabricator in Elkridge, MD and Crofton, Maryland. United Granite specializes not only in Major Quartz brands, such as Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone, Zodiaq, Hanstone, Quartz Master, and LG Viterra Quartz, but also natural stones, such as granite, marble, soapstone, and more. United Granite understands that most homes in the Washington, DC. Maryland area are going after contemporary designs. Quartz countertops suit contemporary design better than natural stone counter tops. This is the reason United Granite recently started stocking major quartz color slabs on its floor.   6315 Howard Ln, Elkridge, MD 21075

What is Quartz: 

Quartz is one of the minerals in the natural stone. It is not a stone by itself, but it is one of the minerals in the stone. Quartz countertops are made by using this durable mineral. Quartz countertops have about 93% quartz, plus resin and color pigments in them. 

Quartz countertops are becoming more popular, nowadays. There are many reasons they are dominating the market over natural stones, such as granite or marble. 


1- Maintenance Free

Natural stone countertops require maintenance. They need to be sealed every year or so, and even sealing natural stones will not guarantee the stone will not stain. You never need to maintain quartz countertops. 

2- Consistent Colors

Quartz countertops have consistent color patterns, as opposed to natural stones having large color variation in them. Color blotches in granite and other natural stones make it difficult to have a consistent look throughout the kitchen counter-tops. You need not worry about how your quartz countertops are getting cut, because colors are all consistent. 

3- Marble Colors Available

Quartz countertops used to come only in colors looking like granite, but not anymore. All the quartz brands now offer a marble look, like white Carrara marble or calacatta marble. The slabs come in book-match, making it easier to match the seams. The patterns are always nice, horizontal with your counter tops. 

 4- Etch Free, Scratch Free 

Most of the natural stones, such as marble, soapstone, and quartzite, can get etched and scratched. Quartz countertops do not get scratched or etched. They will always look good. 

5- Stain Free 

Quartz countertops do not get stained like natural stones. 

6- Seam Color Matching 

The seams are far less visible in quartz countertops than natural stone, because quartz slabs do not get chipped while cutting. It is much easier to match the color pattern on the seams, compared with natural stones. 

7- Fewer Seams 

Most natural stone slabs do not come in very long slabs. 110" x 70" is a typical natural stone slab size. Quartz slabs come in bigger sizes. Cambria makes slabs 132" long, and silestone makes slabs 128" long. 

Quartz countertops do not break or crack during transportation or installation. They are much lighter than granite, as well. This is the reason your stone fabricator will fabricate and install your countertops without a seam.  

8- Cost  

It is possible to find very cheap granite like $30-$40 per sq. ft.; however, the colors are not nice. If you would like something nice, you need to go up to $100 sq. ft. range. Nice marble is even more expensive. A nice calacatta slab is about $150-$175 sq. ft. installed. Quartz companies produce as nice, maybe nicer colors for much less. You can have beautiful quartz countertops installed only for $65 to $100 sq. ft.. 

9- Possibility to Add the same Color 

It is not always possible to color match with the natural stones if you add another piece to your countertops. You can order the same color countertops if you go with quartz countertops. 

10- Chip Free

Some natural stone chip off easily. Quartz countertops do not get chipped off as easy as some of the natural stones. 

11- Durability

Quartz countertops are more durable than its substitutes. Quartz countertops are about 93% quartz, while granite countertops have about 40-60% quartz. 

12- Safer 

Quartz countertops are nonporous surfaces; therefore, there is no room for bacteria to live in quartz countertops. Quartz countertops also have no radioactivity like some of the granite types. 

13- Contemporary Look 

Natural stone colors are more appropriate for traditional designs. Quartz colors suit modern designs better. 


Silestone Quartz 

Silestone quartz is made in Spain. Silestone is one of the first brands that started manufacturing quartz slabs. It is still the most famous, or second (after Cambria), in the US market. The most famous Silestone colors are Lyra, Lagoon, White Zeus, Blanco Maple, and Stellar Snow. Silestone makes the most extreme colors, such as vivid green and, vivid red. Silestone Slab size varies based on colors. They are either 120" x 55" or 128" x 63" Click here to see all SilestoneColor Options. 

Cambria Quartz 

Cambria is made in the USA. Cambria makes many nice colors. Cambria slabs are longer than the other brand's slabs (132" x 65 1/2"). The most famous Cambria Quartz colors are Torquay, New Quay, and Windermere. All Cambria colors are the same price. All Cambria slabs are the same size. As simple as it can be! Click here to see all CambriaColor Options.

Caesarstone Quartz

Caesarstone quartz is made in Israel. Caesarstone is the only quartz producer that sells half slabs. This makes Caesarstone economical for some small projects. Caesarstone specializes in gray color tones, such as Concrete. Caesarstone slabs are either 120" x 56 1/2" or 130" x 65" based on the colors. Click here to see allCaesarstone Color Options.


Zodiaq Quartz

Zodiaq quartz is made in Buffalo, NY. Zodiaq tries to compete with the other quartz brands. Recent new colors announcements, Calacatta Natura and London Sky, brought Zodiaq up to speed. Zodiaq is made by the famous Corian manufacturer, Dupond. Click here to see all Zodiaq ColorOptions.



The main difference among different quartz brands is color, price, and slab size. All quartz brands use similar materials (93% quartz) and fabrication techniques. There is no quality difference among different quartz brands. 

No matter which quartz brand you go with, United Granite has you covered. United Granite stocks the following quartz slabs. You can view actual slabs to get a better idea. You can see samples of other colors in our Elkridge and Crofton Maryland showrooms. 

* Silestone Lyra 

* Silestone Lagoon 

* Silestone White Zeus Extreme 

* Carrara Grigo by Q Quartz 

* Calacatta Classique by Q Quartz 


United Granite PA

741 3rd Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406

(610) 200-5484

www.unitedgranitepa.com (quartz countertops pa, quartz pa, quartz countertops pennsyvania)