For those who love the look of granite or marble but are concerned about its maintenance, quartz may be the stone of choice.
Quartz is the most common mineral on earth and is present in nearly every geological environment and is a component of nearly every rock type and exists in an impressive range of varieties and colors. Quartz ranks 7.0 on Moh’s Hardness Scale, which is used to measure the scratch resistance of a material. Only the diamond (at 10), topaz and sapphire (at 9) are harder than quartz.
Engineered stone surfaces combine the hardness and durability of quartz with the exceptional low maintenance qualities of man-made materials. Quartz slabs are formed by a vibro-compacting process which combines 93% quartz crystal with 7% resin and pigments. Slabs are free of fissures and cracks and are impervious to hazards such stains from cooking oils and grease, or etching from acids in common household products such as hairspray and other toiletries. Quartz does not have to be sealed and cleaning it is simple. Most quartz slabs are uniform in pattern and color and are available in the thickness 2cm or 3cm, though we recommend the latter. The fabrication process of engineered stone is identical to that of natural stone.
Most manufacturers of quartz offer a 10 or 15 year residential and commercial warranty.
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