Quartz Material – The Revolutionary Surface Material
The contemporary surface material, quartz material, also known as quartz composite material or engineered stone, is ideally suited for kitchen worktops, table tops or as floor tiles.
Composition of Quartz Material
The mixture of approximately 90% hydrogen, natural quartz stone (varies by manufacturer), colour pigments and polyester resin makes quartz material a revolutionary construction material that includes the positive properties of stone and even exceeds it in its functionality and resilience. On the Mohs scale quartz material has a higher hardness than stone. Even in care and cleaning, quartz material is easier to manage.
Other Properties of Quartz Material
Other important and convincing characteristics of the material lie in its hygienic properties. Through the industrial production of quartz material, a surface is created, which fat and bacteria cannot penetrate. Therefore, it is not even necessary to impregnate or wax the surface. That makes this material ideal for employment in the kitchen, bathroom and especially in hospitals.
But quartz material is not only a high performance material because of its excellent quality. The fascinating variety of colours leaves no wish unfulfilled. Through the manufacturing process of quartz material and the homogeneous mixture of the components in the initial phases, an extraordinary colour consistency is ensured. Various types of finishes are also available: matt, polished and surface finishes similar to volcanic rock.
Manufacturers of Quartz Material
The market leader in quartz material manufacture is the Cosentino company with its brand Silestone® by Cosentino. But the brands CaesarStone® from an Israeli company with the same name and ZODIAQ® from DuPont are brands that are known worldwide. In addition to the polished and matte surfaces, Silestone® by Cosentino also offers surfaces similar to volcanic rock. Thanks to the availability of various edge shapes and different material thicknesses, it is possible to manufacture the most versatile kitchen worktops.
Properties of Quartz Material
During the manufacturing process of quartz material, a high colour accuracy is ensured that is not possible with natural stone. Therefore, customers receive the colours they have selected with a remarkable degree of accuracy.
Capacity for Resistance
Whether vinegar or oil, coffee or lemon juice – because of its composition and manufacturing process, quartz material is produced with a non-porous surface; nothing can penetrate the surface and kitchen worktops can withstand daily activities without any additional care.
Quartz material can be machined to create worktops for the kitchen, vanities and panelling for niches. It is also suitable for office furniture, window sills, tables and other interior decorations.
Since quartz material is 93% natural quartz, it is highly heat-resistant. However, we still recommended the use of a trivet or table mat to prevent thermal shock.
Because of the pore-free surface of quartz material, fats and bacteria cannot be lodged in the worktop. Because of an integrated hygiene protection substance, the worktop is additionally prevented against the growth of bacteria and guarantees antibacterial protection. Thus, the material is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and hospitals.
Since nothing can penetrate the surface, it is not necessary to impregnate or wax it. Any residue or stains can be removed with a damp cloth and non-aggressive detergents. This property makes it especially easy to clean, saves time and preserves the natural beauty of the countertop.