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Quartz / Engineered Stone all you need to Know!!!

Quartz/Engineered Stone

One of the most durable materials available for countertops is quartz, also more accurately known as engineered or manufactured stone. This is because it is man-made with 93% quartz and 7% pigments and resins. These ingredients are combined poured into a form, vibrated to remove all air pockets, and placed in an extremely hot oven to melt and fuse the ingredients together. Once the quartz slabs have been cooled, they are then polished to a brilliant factory shine. The shine itself is very difficult to replicate without specialty machinery.

The Upside So why choose quartz? In short, the mineral is a sound investment worthwhile your time due to the following reasons:

Versatile Colors and Styles . Quartz has a versatile color wheel and patterns, making it easier for those pursuing a specific/unique look for their renovation such as modern or classic.

Sturdiness . When it comes to minerals, quartz is a 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale, which is used to measure the relative hardness of minerals by its resistance to scratching with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest (ex: diamond). Other common stones used as countertops such as granite and marble are 6 to 7, and 3 to 4 respectively. As a result, quarts is very scratch-resistant and holds up to everyday use , making it a great countertop in rooms that are often used.

Easy maintenance. Quartz should be maintained at a regular interval in order to prolong both its longevity and usefulness. Fortunately there are many countertop-specific cleaners out there, but the best one for a quartz countertop is one that is mild, non-abrasive, and pH balanced. Make sure to use soft cotton, paper towel, or even a microfiber towel -- anything non-abrasive really -- when cleaning in order to help avoid scratches, etc. For most mild stains, you can even do a mixture of hot water and dish soap used with non-abrasive wipes.

The Downside Quartz can fade if it is exposed to too much UV light, and therefore it is best not to place

quartz outside or in directly light without any UV protection. Indoors are great, particularly if your windows are new as they tend to have UV protection that can help prevent your countertop from fading. Other downsides to quartz includes: lighter colored quartz can stain with rust or acidic foods when left on for long periods of time, does not stand up well to extreme heat (such as a red hot iron skillet) as it will most likely do some damage.

Importers and Exporters Quartz is mined, with one of the largest quartz mines in the world being located in North

Carolina, United States. Another well-known mine is the Goiaz mine in Brazil, which has caused the country to be one of the top exporters of quartz alongside India, Spain, and Turkey. The world’s top importers, meanwhile, are Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United States. China is the world’s top importer and exporter.

Manufacturers versus Off Brand Manufacturers When remodeling, one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) thing one most consider is the

budget: can we afford this? How can we decrease our spending but still get what we want?

What can we compromise? That being said, one decision a person has to make when figuring out their budget is whether or not they want the material to be name brand or off-brand, and by extension, the quality of the product that they want, if they want a warranty for it, and so forth.

For example, as previously mentioned, quartz is not resistant to UV light, and will fade when not protected and maintained properly. Although the material (quartz in this case) can be cheaper with off-brand manufacturers than with Name brand manufacturers, you are more than likely to get lower-quality products that will fade or scratch much faster than the more expensive quartz. Furthermore, in order to keep prices low, off-brand manufacturers do not provide a warranty. Top brands all carry some type of warranty usually covers manufacturer defects. In other words, expect to be out of luck if you find a defect in the quartz of lower-end brands

Meanwhile, with on-brand manufacturers such as Cambria, Caesar Stone, Hanstone, Viatera by LG just to name a few, you get the exact opposite: high-quality quartz that is less likely to fade and scratch do to the high-precision Manufacturing and the time and effort the manufacturer puts into taking care of it (thus the price).

Why choose quartz? Regardless of what type of manufacturer you decide to go within the end, you are most

likely reading this post to answer the question: why choose quartz?

Color and Style . Quartz has a versatile color wheel , making it easier for those pursuing a specific/unique look for their renovation

Sturdiness. When it comes to minerals, quartz is a 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale, which is used to measure the relative hardness of minerals by its resistance to scratching with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest (ex: diamond). Other common stones used as countertops such as granite and marble are 6 to 7, and 3 to 4 respectively. As a result, quarts is very scratch-resistant and holds up to everyday use , making it a great countertop in rooms that are often used.

Easy maintenance.

Quartz should be maintained at a regular interval in order to prolong both its longevity and usefulness. Fortunately there are many countertop-specific cleaners out there, but the best one for a quartz countertop is one that is mild, non-abrasive, and pH balanced. Make sure to use soft cotton, paper towel, or even a microfiber towel -- anything non-abrasive really -- when cleaning in order to help avoid scratches, etc. For most mild stains, you can even do a mixture of hot water and dish soap used with non-abrasive wipes.





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