Quartz countertops, backsplashes and walls are becoming a more commonly used material in both residential and commercial projects. Quartz is a favorite among designers because of it’s consistency in pattern and there are many popular quartz manufacturers available such as Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone, Viatera and many more…
Quartz countertops are a man made mixture of natural quartz combined with resin composite, pigments and additives. Geologically, a man made quartz countertop is not a pure natural quartz. Manufactured quartz surfaces are mostly quartz but not purely quartz and can be as much as 70-93% quartz sand or aggregate depending on the brand and color. Because of this, man made quartz is not considered a natural stone.
Granite, limestone, quartzite, and marble are all natural stones. They form in nature, and only in nature. They are made of minerals, and only of minerals. Natural stone can sometimes be identified by the edges of the slab. Man made quartz will have a square, uniformed edge whereas natural stone cut from the earth will be more jagged and uneven.
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Another note when shopping for quartz countertop materials, be sure to have the supplier specify the type of stone you are purchasing as names can be deceiving. Manufacturers are often attempting to mimic a more expensive natural stone, several quartz products have stone names almost identical, if not exactly the same as their man made products.
Some quartz product names such as Capri Limestone, Charcoal Soapstone, Onyx Carrara, Calacatta Nuvo can be confused as real stone. Super White, Taj Mahal, Emperador, Thassos, Nuage, and Statuario are actually all popular, prestigious natural stones, and are also the names of synthetic countertops.
Quartz countertops can be purchased in several different thicknesses, just like granite but it is notably stronger than granite! Just like any other stone application, we recommend 3CM for use on work surfaces such as kitchen countertops and 2CM is better for bathroom vanities or walls. Some quartz, because of it’s durability is available in even thinner varieties such a 12 or 6mm thick.
One drawback that you should definitely take note of is that quartz can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If your counter receives strong UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, you may see a color difference over time. Also note that they do not recommend direct heat on your quartz countertops. The resin components could warp under high temperatures.
Surprisingly, as a designer choice, some quartz is very affordable. Of course, just like granite, prices for quartz can range from low to very high as in tens of thousands a slab. But b
Another unique feature of quartz is that because it is man made, there is a large variety of quartz manufacturers offering almost custom colors, patterns and some very unique mixtures such as Curava‘s recycled glass or seashell options. Sparkling quartz is also a favorite among homeowners as the variety of particles compliment any decor.
Carr Kitchen and Bath is proud to offer a wide variety of quartz countertop options at wholesale prices. And any material you choose can be expertly fabricated to your custom design. Whether a waterfall edge island, seamless angled countertops or a full backsplash design, we can help you create a beautiful custom project for your home, commercial business or work space.