By now you have probably heard about quartz countertops also known as engineered stone. In the Kansas City metropolitan area, quartz has stolen the lions share of the countertop market. Because of the popularity it also helps increase the value of homes.
There are quartz countertop manufacturers from all over the world, including right here in the United States, although Cambria quartz countertops are the only ones currently manufactured here. Cambria is a premium countertop manufacturer. This is reflected in the price. Cambria quartz countertops are beautiful and boast a higher percentage of quartz than some of the other manufacturers. As a result, the starting price is also considerably higher.
Some other quartz manufacturers are: Silestone, Caesarstone, Q quartz, and Corian Quartz, these products come from different countries including, Spain, Isreal, Turkey, China, and India.
Although it sounds like it would be a natural stone, quartz countertops are made using pieces of quartz, granite and in some cases even glass. This combination of materials and pigments are all bound together with a non-porous resin. As a result, they are considered a manufactured countertop.
Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz. They are typically 90-93% quartz, the remaining 7-10% is binder and pigment.
Quartz can be found all over our planet, in fact, 20% of the crust of the earth is quartz. As a result, quartz countertops are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Quartz can be mined near the manufacturing facilities. This reduces the transportation cost of raw materials. Additionally, many quartz countertops are using recycled quartz and glass to further decrease the carbon footprint and reduce landfill waste.
Quartz is a translucent mineral, because of this, light penetrates below the surface of the countertop. This adds a depth and beauty that other man-made countertops lack.
Quartz is harder than granite, this means it is virtually crack, chip, and break-resistant. Because the resin is non-porous, it never needs to be sealed and is impervious to staining or etching. The non-porous characteristics also make it a more sanitary choice than natural stone. Yet another advantage to quartz countertops is, overhangs on islands because quartz is uniform in its composition you are able to have larger unsupported overhangs. The veins in granite and other natural stone countertops actually weaken the material and make it unsuitable for unsupported overhangs.
Quartz offers almost unlimited colors and patterns. So if you’re going for a traditional look, modern look, or something in between, you’re sure to find a countertop you like with quartz. There are dozens of manufacturers to choose from, and each of them has dozens of colors and patterns. You are bound to find a quartz countertop to fit your style.