Quartz Surfacing Characteristics
Quartz slabs are created in a factory using 93-95% natural crushed quartz and 5-7% natural resins, pigments, and binders. While quartz surfacing is typically used for countertops, it can be used in a wide variety of both vertical and horizontal applications. Regardless of where it is used, quartz surfacing provides the look and feel of natural granite without the ongoing maintenance required for natural stone.
Exceeded in toughness and durability only by diamond, sapphire, and topaz, natural quartz won’t scratch and is virtually indestructible. Quartz countertops resist stains from cooking and cleaning products and stand strong against scratches and cracks. Quartz surfacing is so resilient it is considered by some to be even more durable and longer lasting than natural granite!
The colors and patterns of quartz surfacing are typically uniform throughout the slabs and, to a lesser extent, from slab to slab. Depending on the ingredients used when manufacturing the quartz slabs, the material might have a glassy or metallic flecked appearance if produced using coarsely ground quartz, while a smoother appearance will emerge when the quartz is finely ground. Slab sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and sometimes from color to color. Since quartz slabs are manufactured using all natural materials, samples are only representative and may not exactly match the final product.
Quartz surfacing is a seamed product. Even though we can help you to minimize their quantity and appearance, all seams in quartz surfacing will be plainly visible. Some patterns and colors make seams more visible than others, so be sure to ask us about the colors and patterns to best camouflage them for your project. Something else to consider is that quartz surfacing can lose color if exposed to sunlight for an extended amount of time, so quartz surfacing should always be installed indoors.