Quartz tops are man-made engineered stone formed using 90% ground quartz (depending on the manufacturer) with 8%-10% resins, polymers and pigments.
This forms a very consistent product in which the appearance, texture and “sparkle” can be controlled to create uniform slabs ideal for large jobs or consistency in appearance.
Because of the manufacturing process, quartz comes in a very large array of colours and patterns including fire engine red, green and black. Alternatively, you can find quartz in very natural tones with sparkles and veining to mimic the look of natural granite or marble.
Quartz is arguably the most durable choice for your design. It is extremely hard, durable and water-resistant. This means you can avoid cracking and staining which you can get with other materials like marble or granite.
Along with its durability, because quartz is man-made it will allow you the most flexibility to find a colour or pattern which will work with your design.
One thing to note about quartz is that it can be expensive for complex designs and it is not heat tolerant. If you are using quartz in your kitchen you will want to ensure you are not placing hot pots or items directly on your quartz surface to avoid unwanted marks or blemishes.