Joining man and nature
While quartz as a building material doesn’t have the history of marble and granite, it does have the hardness. In fact, quartz is even harder than marble or granite. Quartz is nearly impervious to damage and provides the most hygienic of surfaces.
Quartz is a high-performance, low-maintenance material that can be used as an alternative to marble or granite in just about any application. It serves as an outstanding material for countertops, backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, shower and spa areas, and wall cladding.
Although quartz is the most plentiful mineral on the earth’s surface, it can’t be used in its natural state for countertops or decorative effects because it doesn’t form into huge solid deposits as granite and marble do. So quartz is engineered—or manufactured—by man in much the same way Mother Nature makes marble, although much more quickly, of course.
In the quartz-manufacturing process, raw quartz crystals are ground and combined with a resin, which serves as a bonding agent, and pigment. That mix is then heated and compacted (just as marble is compacted in the earth’s crust) to form quartz, an impenetrable surface material. Engineered quartz is about 93 percent natural quartz crystals and 7 percent binders and pigment.
Quartz is also available in colors that don’t exist in nature, and quartz provides exceptional consistency in color, texture, and pattern. Some manufacturers produce quartz that looks just like marble and other natural stone. And because it’s nonporous, quartz doesn’t require a sealant as do some natural stone materials.
Quartz is a very popular option for commercial structures that experience high traffic. You’ll find quartz incorporated in hotels, hospitals, shopping centers, offices, banks, schools, governmental buildings, and upscale restaurants and clubs.
Classic Marble & Stone currently offers these quartz products:
To view colors of quartz countertops click on any of the three links above.