Know Your Stones: Engineered Quartz
This is what happens when man and machine come together—the creation of something beautiful!
Redesigned with resin and quartz, engineered quartz offers all the best qualities of the stone. With enough strength to rival granite worktops, engineered quartz has better impact resistance and is easier to install than most stone options.
But despite its many qualities, engineered quartz is only now becoming popular among homeowners and designers. And that’s because most people aren’t aware of its many benefits!
Are you one such individual who’s interested in engineered quartz? Here’s all you need to know about it!
– What’s its Origin?
A humanmade product that’s mostly created from natural materials, engineered quartz is made through a combination of 6–10 percent pigment and resins with 94 percent quartz. Densely packed in durable, nonporous slabs, quartz is able to withstand (due to its surplus of materials) harsh abrasions, dents, scratches and even acids.
– What’s its Environmental Impact?
Quartz actually has very low environmental impact. Found in abundance, quartz when mixed and engineered is non-allergenic, and non-toxic. It also lasts a lifetime, which lowers the need for replacement.
– What’s the Design Range?
Engineered quartz is available in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures, the range of which is expanding continuously, thanks to competition in the stone industry.
Overall, quartz has a very uniform texture and color, and is available in a palette that ranges from natural shades to bright whites to black and reds. You also get a number of options in terms of finishes. These include textured, honed or ate, and polished surfaces.
– So All Engineered Quartz is not the Same, Right?
Color tones do vary from brand to brand, but the quality overall is quite similar. Most brands such as Silestone and Caesarstone offer good warranties and have similar price ranges and features. So you can’t really go wrong with whichever option you choose.
– Where Can I Use Engineered Quartz?
Engineered quartz is dense, hard, non-abrasive, non-reactive and nonporous—perfect attributes for stone countertops, walls, backsplashes and floors. However, quartz will not work in areas that are affected by heat. So if you have a conservatory or patio that needs flooring or a backsplash, quartz may not be the best option. Otherwise, you’re free to use it wherever you need.
– How Do I maintain it?
While engineered quartz is very easy to maintain and clean, we do recommend a weekly cleaning with warm water and soap in case there are any stubborn stains or marks. Non-abrasive cleaners work best, since they don’t damage the polish. If you have honed surfaces though, you may need to clean on a day-to-day basis since these polishes will make smudges and marks more prominent.
Buying Engineered Quartz Online
Quartz is actually more affordable than most premium natural stones, but the final rate depends on your source.
Companies like SlabFinder can help make quartz even more inexpensive! With our variety of engineered quartz, you can fit your home with the best stone money can buy, and gain from this investment for years to come!