products are among the most popular of the man made
"stone" surfaces. These products are made
by combining finely crushed quartz with a resin or epoxy
binder, which is then pressed into slabs at high temperatures
and pressures. The result is a simulated stone surface
that is generally uniform in pattern, and very reproducible
in appearance. So unlike natural stone, there is no
variation in appearance between a sample you might see
in a showroom and the final fabricated product.
There are other differences between
natural stone and quartz products that should be considered
when choosing the material for your new countertops.
Quartz products do not have to be sealed as they are
not porous due to the resin/epoxy binder. This results
in slightly less maintenance than natural stone, but
makes the surface a little less resistant to heat damage
or scratches than granite. However, the quartz products
are much more resistant to scratching than softer stones
such as marble or limestone. Quartz products are a little
more expensive than the group A or B granites (by about
10-20%), which can be a consideration for larger projects.
If you like the unique and "designed
by nature" features characteristic of natural stone
then the choice between natural and engineered surfaces
is an easy one to make, and spending 30 minutes once
a year to seal your countertops is well worth the effort.
If you prefer a uniform color and pattern that looks
exactly like the sample you see in a showroom, and don't
want to do the annual sealing required for natural stone,
then quartz surfaces may be the best choice for you.
We can discuss the pros and
cons of each type of surface and give you unbiased information
because we fabricate both natural stone and engineered
stone. As a result we have no built-in preference for
one class of material over the other. Our goal is to
provide a wide range of choices and educational resources
so that you can make the decision that is best for you.
Finally, there are "green" material choices
including Icestone and Vetrazzo (both crushed glass
in cement matrices) and Bioglass (recycled glass), and
we have samples of these in our showroom and are licensed
fabricators of all of these materials.
Below are links to our quartz
product suppliers, as well as to our "green"
product suppliers, where you can view samples and get
more detailed information on the various materials.
As always, feel free to call us or drop by our shop
to see samples and ask questions. That's what we're
Cambria Quartz Surfaces
Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces
Hanstone Quartz Surfaces
Silestone Quartz Surfaces
Viatera Quartz Surfaces
Icestone (recycled glass in concrete matrix)
Vetrazzo (recycled glass in concrete matrix)
Bioglass (pure recycled glass)