Are Quartz tiles porous ?

Are Quartz tiles porous ?

Are Quartz tiles porous ? 

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Porosity refers to the amount of "empty" space within a material, typically measured in percentages. This means that materials contain tiny holes or pores that can hold air, as well as other substances like water and liquids. In kitchen and bathroom tiles, porosity plays a significant role as these surfaces come into contact with fluids ,and ,  in simpler terms , liquids can seep into these pores and leave behind stains on the tiles , hence, porosity is an essential characteristic to consider when choosing tiles for such areas .

Today, we will be delving into the topic of Quartz and its porosity. Is this material truly porous? Keep reading to discover the answer…

Firstly, let's confirm what we mean by "porous". In simple terms, it refers to a material's ability to absorb liquids or fluids , so lets now .  get back to the main question at hand - Is Quartz porous? , we'll explore its properties, characteristics, and potential for absorption , and don't worry, we'll break down the technical jargon and make it easy to understand.

We appreciate that knowing the porosity of Quartz is important for various reasons , it can potentially affect its durability, maintenance, and usage in different settings. Therefore, we've compiled all the necessary information for you here on our page. 

1. Quartz is an engineered stone


The composition of Quartz consists of 93% natural Quartz and 7% resins , binders, glass , bonding agents , mirror etc . While naturally sturdy, like other types of natural stone, Quartz is also porous. To address this, engineers have incorporated resins into the fabrication process to fill in the small pores or gaps in the stone , consequently , the resulting product, an engineered stone, is non-porous and carries all the advantages described in the following sections.


2. Quartz is resistant to staining from most liquids/fluids  .


Quartz is renowned for its non-porous composition, meaning it lacks small openings where easily-stainable liquids such as wine or coffee can seep into. This makes quartz an excellent choice not only for food preparation on a counter top , but also as both floor , and wall, tiles - however , you cannot be to blase' when it comes to keeping your tiles in prime condition . Always avoid using black grout on White Quartz tiles ( below)  , as the strong dyes within the grout can potentially stain even Quartz tiles , as a black permanent marker would , and its always good practice to clear up spillages of any fluids / liquids as they occur .



3. Easy and straight forward to maintain


You'll love the simplicity of maintaining your Quartz surfaces! Thanks to its non-porous nature, most spills and dried stains are a breeze to clean. With just a soft cloth and some soap and water, your daily cleaning routine will be effortless. Simply create a soapy solution and wipe down your surfaces, then finish off with a damp cloth to rinse , even in bathroom installations like with our Black Quartz below :-





4.Smooth and Glossy Surface:

In addition to its durability and low maintenance, Quartz is also popular for its sleek and smooth surface. Thanks to the resin added during its manufacturing process, Quartz boasts a glossy finish that is both visually appealing and functional. This smooth surface not only makes cleaning a breeze ,  but also gives Quartz a luxurious , contemporary appearance. This high-end look, however, does not come with a hefty price tag , and the shiny surface of Quartz reflects light, brightening up your space , and giving the illusion of a larger room , therefore , not only is Quartz a practical choice, but it also adds a touch of elegance to your home as with our Grey Quartz seen below:-



5. Sealing not required 

Have you ever wondered if Quartz is a porous stone? Well, the answer is no - unlike natural stones, Quartz is a practically non-porous material , this means that it does not have tiny pores where liquids can seep in and cause staining , therefore it is not a requirement to seal the tiles  .


Not only does this make Quartz a practical choice for floors & walls for any environment within the home , but it also saves you money in the long run. With no need for a sealant, you won't have to worry about any additional costs after installation , or maintenance in that regard .


Still have questions about Quartz tiles and their characteristics? , then please feel free to reach out to us by email , or by phone on 01273 891144  , and we will be more than happy to provide you with answers  -  Our team is dedicated to helping you to ensure you make the best choice for your particular project.


Start reaping the benefits of non-porous and low maintenance with Quartz tiles . Choose quartz for a beautiful, contemporary , and durable hassle-free surface , that will last for years to come.


6. Can i use Quartz tiles in conjunction with Underfloor Heating ?


In short, the answer is negative as with the resin content in Quartz tiles makes them susceptible to warping / bowing under high heat , therefore it is not advisable to use them in combination with underfloor heating , and therefore it is wise to consider using alternative materials in conjunction with UFH .