Friday, December 16, 2011

The beauty of Quartz

Material Composition
Quartz  is an engineered product which combines 90% natural quartz and silica sands along with a precise ratio of color pigments and resins and is then vibro-compacted under 90 tons of pressure to remove any air.  The material is then compressed into a formed slab and which is then placed in a curing oven at 190 degrees for 7 hours and is then polished to a sheen with a diamond polisher.

Uses and Colors
A quartz countertop is a predictable material.  Because it is an engineered product, the material is fissure free, which makes cracking a slab virtually impossible.  Natural materials like granite and marble sometimes have hidden fissures which may cause a slab to eventually crack under adverse conditions.  And unlike granite or marble which vary from slab to slab in terms in regards to their figuration, color and patterning, quartz slabs are identical from one to the other.   Thus there are no surprises when choosing a quartz slab for your kitchen countertop surface. Quartz also offers the consumer the ability to opt for a stone surface in a nearly solid color with little color or figure demarcations which is nearly impossible  with a natural material such as granite or marble.  Quartz also offers the consumer several color options for a countertop made with 25% post consumer recycled materials. 

Stain resistant
Quartz is a smooth, nonporous surface which resists even the toughest spills.  A highly durable material it resists scuffs and scratches and will retain its luster for many years without the need for sealants or waxes.  Quartz countertops can be cut and fit to meet exacting requirements, allowing you a wide range of design options and typically come with a ten-year limited warranty.