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QUARTZ Countertops - Engineered Stone

 

"Other surfaces can’t match Hanstone Quartz in strength, choice or capability."

THE HANSTONE® QUARTZ ADVANTAGE BEAUTY GOES FAR BENEATH THE SURFACE
Natural quartz is one of nature's hardest surfaces. In fact, it's twice as hard as granite. HanStone Quartz is not only a high-performing surface, but is also a luxurious, durable, low maintenance surface product which offers the following advantages:

Available in 60+ patterns featuring the industry’s most natural-appearing finish

 

Quartz Master Quartz surfaces and countertops are made with more than 93%-made of natural quartz, the hardest non-precious stone, bound together by resins. it is the most durable surface material, combining the hardness and durability of quartz with the exceptional low maintenance qualities of man-made materials. 40 colors and patterns are available for your choice. Quartz Master stone is the ideal choice for kitchen/laundry/bath countertops, vanity tops, backsplashes, wet bars, tub decks, tub/shower surrounds, wall cladding & furniture

Caesarstone is the original quartz surface manufacturer. Surfaces meet exacting standards of excellence from the initial procurement of raw materials to the final quality control check. Materials are blended at a ratio of up to 93% natural quartz aggregates with pigments and polymer resins. Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces and Countertops are manufactured through a highly automated, yet strictly monitored process.

Silestone® is the world's leading producer of quartz surfaces designed for high-quality kitchens and bathrooms, including countertops and sinks with advanced bacteristatic technology.  Silestone® is the only brand that offers a certified warranty, in writing. Only a global leader could once again draw ahead of the pack and offer a genuine 25-year transferable warranty for Silestone®

Zodiaq® quartz surface brings the best of nature and science to the best of contemporary residential and commercial design. Engineered with pure quartz crystals, beaming with diamond-like radiance.  The sparkling crystal within Zodiaq® quartz surfaces balances stunning light-play with mesmerizing depth. Long-lasting and GREENGUARD Certified® as a low-emitting material, Zodiaq® surfaces are a high-performance material, delivering strength, and heat and scratch resistance. Homeowners and designers the world over choose Zodiaq® because this remarkable surfacing material elevates kitchens and baths with the timeless beauty of quartz crystal.
Cambria is a natural, quartz surfacing product that has a variety of uses in your home or business such as countertops, floor tile, vanities, fireplace surrounds, wet bars, showers, etc. Cambria is pure, natural quartz, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. Some of Cambria’s designs have the natural look and feel of granite, marble and other quarried stones, but features superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is nonporous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite does. And best of all, it is maintenance-free

Quartz countertops have developed a reputation over the last 50 years as a high-end surface masterial for use in kitchens & bathrooms. Even if you aren't familiar with quartz as a name for this material, you are probably familiar with such Caesarstone, Silestone, Quartz Master, Cambria and others. Whatever the name, it's all quartz.

Is It Really Made of Quartz?

Quartz is a sexy word that implies luster and hardness. In terms of marketing, quartz counter companies are smart to capitalize on this word because of those implications. In simple terms, quartz counters are 90% made up of stone-like materials and 10% of binders that are either plastic-like (polymeric) or cement-based. Of those stone-like materials, quartz is only one of many materials, other materials include: granite, marble & natural stone coming from either crushed waste stone left over in quarries, or recycled industrial wastes, such as fragments of ceramic,silica, glass, mirrors, etc.

These stone-like materials give quartz counters the hardness and lack of porosity needed for the heavy demands of cooking. Some manufacturers also combine antibacterial substances.

Italian Lineage

The Italian company Breton patented the process of forming solid surfaces from quartz and resins.

All quartz counters emanate from this single company. And this single company was started by one man, Marcello Toncelli. His company's name, Brevetti Toncelli (roughly meaning Toncelli Patents), was condensed to Breton (Bre = Brevetti, Ton=Toncelli).

Numerous companies such as Cosentino (Silestone), DuPont, Cambria and others used Breton’s patent for their countertops.

Benefits and Features

  • Great Looks: For many buyers, the chief benefit of the quartz countertop is its natural luster. Unlike laminate, quartz has a deep, almost 3D appearance, much like natural stone.
  • Hardness: Quartz is extremely hard and makes for a great work surface. It is largely composed of minerals (contrasted with solid surface material which are about 33% inorganic binding resins and 66% organic minerals).
  • Few, If Any, Imperfections: Slab granite is a natural product, ripped straight from the earth and sliced into sheets; it is expected that slab will have imperfections. Installers have an easier time dealing with quartz than they do with granite because it is a predictable material and produces less waste product.

Cost: Compares to Granite

Don't choose quartz because you think it will be cheaper, actually quartz countertops are not a real bargain, even compared to pricey alternatives such as granite. Expect prices to begin at $70 and $110 per square foot for higher quality brands.

Appearance Is Engineered In

Because quartz countertops are engineered, almost any type of color can be brought out in the surface by means of pigmentation. Not only that, but other types of materials such as stone and glass can be incorporated into this quartz-resin slurry.