Alternative to Granite

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 05:21.

Quartz is becoming a more popular choice when it comes to kitchen and
bathroom design. Quartz is one of the most common materials on the planet
and can be found virtually everywhere. Engineered quartz is made up of
roughly 95% natural quartz minerals mixed with silica sand and a
thermoplastic resin. From this mixture of materials, slabs are created and can
be cut to specification. Engineered quartz can be made into countertops, tile,
sinks, and even decorative hardware.

Quartz is a great material for countertops because of its durability. This
material is one of the hardest minerals known to man; only three minerals are
known to be harder. The non-porous quartz surface is nearly stain proof,
sanitary, and never needs sealing.

Quartz also offers a variety of design options. It can be pigmented to any
color and can be textured to resemble any finish marble, soapstone, or cement
has. This material can also be cut and edged like natural stone and colored to
match any design scheme. This material can even come in embossed patterns.
As said before, quartz is a very durable material and has excellent vertical and
horizontal strength. This allows quartz to be applied easily in bathroom
showers and kitchen backsplashes for a beautiful clean look.

Quartz is just one alternative to granite. The strength and durability is
unmatched in the building material world and can be used where ever natural
stone is used. It has countless applications and is very flexible when it comes
to design themes. It is a very sustainable product and is a great addition to
anyone’s kitchen or bathroom.