As designers and homeowners are leaning towards lighter, whiter, and cleaner looks for countertops, granites with these traits are hard to come across. Natural marble, long considered a luxury surface in the kitchen, is difficult to maintain and staining and etching are more prevalent. Quartz surfaces complete the bridge between nature and technology. Natural quartz is one of the hardest materials found in nature. Quartz crystals are mixed with pigment and resin to form surfaces that are consistent one to another. Quartz is nonporous, harder than granite, and impermeable to water, which makes it virtually stain resistant. It comes manufactured to replicate the look of marble and granite. Its deep radiant surface reflects the charm and grace of nature while incorporating the strength and durability provided by technology. Customers who want easy-to-maintain surfaces in their homes choose quartz.