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Do quartz countertops emit radon?

If you’re asking yourself “Do quartz countertops emit radon?” you’re certainly not alone. When you’re weighing quartz countertops pros and cons it’s a common question.

There has been a lot of talk about radon and quartz countertops lately and you’ll want to be sure that you and your family will be safe before investing your hard earned money into a new countertop. Here is the most definitive answer available according to the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, that is responsible for testing and safety in these matters.

The most recent conclusion from the EPA is that quartz countertops pose little to no risk to health within the average home due to radon emitting from the stone. No further studies are planned from the agency and consumers are advised to get their quartz countertops tested privately if they are still concerned about their safety.

At the present there is no process or test available to certify a natural stone as being radon-free. Do quartz countertops emit radon? There is still some ongoing disagreement about the subject but the EPA at this point has submitted their final word.

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Natural quartz, like most other products made of natural stone, may have trace amounts of radon escaping from them. These amounts are minimal and well within the maximum radon levels in a home. As well, most countertops that are called quartz are actually made of resins, glass and quartz that have been sealed during the manufacturing of the countertop. With these countertops, no radon is released because the quartz has been permanently sealed.

Brands of quartz countertops: Caesarstone, Hanstone, Zodiaq, Silestone, and Ikea

Quartz countertops are safe to use both in the kitchen and bathroom and are the material of choice for both builders and homeowners. They are durable and they will be stain free  for years as long as you care for them properly by cleaning up any spills as soon as they occur and by protecting the countertops from excessive heat.

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In the long run you’ll save money by installing a quartz countertop since it will last for years and retain its original beauty. More and more consumers are turning to quartz as their material of choice for a countertop. Do quartz countertops emit radon? Not enough to worry about according to the EPA, if at all. You’d be better off worrying about what color of quartz you’d like to have in your kitchen or bathroom than to spend too much time worrying about any radon that could be emitted from them.

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  • Monclare November 9, 2012, 8:55 pm

    I really want to thank you for this. You made this info about quartz and radiation easy to understand. Maybe I am worrying about nothing.

    • Peter Liang November 12, 2012, 2:30 am

      Not a problem, Monclare. You really have nothing to worry about. Don’t let the alarmists confuse or scare you.

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