Quartz Countertops | Q&A with Cambria Quartz

Join us for a Q&A with Alyssa Lins, one of Cambria Quartz’s Market Representatives, about the pros and cons of quartz countertops!


How is Quartz different from Granite?

               “Natural quartz is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, for superior durability and performance. Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals. With quartz, you get the look and feel of granite, but receive greater strength and the benefit of it being nonporous and maintenance free. Our product is stain resistant and never needs sealing or reconditioning. Granite is a porous stone and needs to be sealed regularly with a chemical treatment. It can absorb liquids and food, risking potential staining and bacterial growth within the countertop.”

Is it heat-resistant?

               “Natural stone surfaces can be damaged by sudden and/or rapid changes of temperature, especially near the edges, as well as direct and/or sustained heating of the top. Quartz may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from pots and pans and other cooking units such as electric frying pans and griddles, and some crock-pots or roaster ovens and heat lamps. Therefore, the use of a hot pad or trivet is always recommended to prevent heating the product.”

Are they suitable for the outdoors?

               “No, we do not recommend outside use.”

How far can you have an overhang before you need supports?

               “For a 2cm countertop, you can go 12″ on overhang and every 36″ across will need support. On a 3cm countertop, you can go 15″ on overhang and every 36″ across need support.”

How do the seams look with aligning veins and patterns in the quartz?

               “Quartz is a natural stone product that does require seams for any application longer than 121″ or wider than 54.5″. These seams are generally visible, but often less noticeable than a typical granite seam.”

Why are certain lines more expensive than others?

               “Certain quartz lines are more expensive depending on the quality of the quartz, origin of manufacturing and design innovation.”

What cleaners should you use to maintain them?

               “You should alway use warm water & soap, never bleach and abrasive powders or scrubs like Comet®, Soft Scrub®, or S.O.S.® pads as these can cause scratches and scuffs.”

What’s in currently in style?

               “White’s, greys and marbles. Matte, honed and leathered finishes are very popular as well.”


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Cork v. Carpet | Which One Should I Choose?

Cork v. Carpet, two products that are often compared to one and other because of their similar properties. Today, we’re comparing the two in terms of their environmental benefits, their aesthetic, and their durability.

 


Carpet

Nothing can be taken away from a beautiful, organic wool carpet. Carpets can have various backings, from a natural hemp jute to acrylic. Our nicer, more eco-friendly carpets do all natural products (such as the hemp jute) but at the same time, we need to fit everyone’s needs in terms of durability (where acrylic is preferred).

Carpets that have a lot of shag to them are going to bring in outside pollutants. Most of the pollutants you find in carpets are brought in from the outside. If you walk around a gas station, you can get chemicals on your shoes. If you go to various grocery stores, you pick up debris. When you go into your house and walk around on your carpet, all that debris goes into the fibers of the carpet. When we pull carpets and replace them, we find pounds of sand, dust, animal, etc. There are some ways to keep this from happening, such as putting carpets in your back bedroom areas and not wearing your shoes when you are walking on carpet.

In terms of material, with carpet you can either do a synthetic, recycled content or a bio-based carpet, as well as a hemp jute, seagrass, and cotton product.

With these plush carpets, nobody can get away from how beautiful and comfortable a natural wool product is. You can get carpets that are tighter and therefore have a higher rating of durability but they tend be rougher. So in terms of comparing that comfort with cork, wool will still be more accommodating than the softness of the cork. That being said, some people are carpet lovers, some not so much.


Cork

When we look at cork, you do get a cork backer that made from recycled content. It is very soft and has an HDF core with the cork on top. Cork is resilient in terms of durability and softness, such that you can take our fingers and push into the material and it bounces back. So you still get that softness similar to carpet, just without the plush and coziness of wool, however you still get a rather nice material.

In contrast to hardwoods, it’s softer, so animals and normal living variables (such as ware from walking traffic, etc.) have less of an effect on the cork because it’s consistency, meaning it doesn’t scratch.

If you have sunlight coming through the windows in the afternoon, it won’t pick up that heat. This means it wouldn’t be the best option for radiant floor heating but it’s a great option if you don’t want to overheat your house as it is an insulator.

Everyone has their own visual preference; the cork can look like a travertine tile but remain soft. It can look like a wood plank or it can look like cork as you’ve seen growing up.


Overall

From an aesthetic point of view, I find myself preferring carpets in back bedrooms, dens, places where the kids want to lay on the ground and play. Cork you typically find a lot more in your kitchens, where you do want a soft floor but not something that picks up debris like carpet does. Cork is wonderful in bathrooms if properly cared for. Same for dens and living rooms, so it’s a more versatile in terms of where you go just because of the trapment of carpet.

Both cork and carpet sold on our website come certified as healthy air quality products, either green guard certified or green guard plus carpets, so you can rest assured that you will buying a healthy and natural product.


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Marmoleum: Can I Install This In My Bathroom?

Is the Marmoleum Click CinchLOC collection practical for use in kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms? In other words, how does it hold up in water-heavy areas?

Marmoleum itself is water-resistant; if you have a marmoleum product that is welded and glued down, water can sit on that product. Obviously you want to clean-up so any staining from wine and other minerals can be prevented.

With a marmoleum product, it is made from pine rosin and natural linseed oil, with a hemp jute backer and natural pigments. The HDF (High Density Fiberboard) core is not waterproof and what would be the main area of concern when considering water usage in a space. We also have what we call a Topshield™2 coating, which is put on after to provide a protective layer.

A benefit of the Click CinchLOC versus other floors is that you can lay this down easily, which in turn allows you to walk on it immediately after application, so there is no drying time or waiting time to go onto your floors. However, with these types of floors, there is a seam at every joint. And the questions are :

  • Where can it be installed?

  • If we have standing water, will it go into that seam and cause issues?

  • How can I protect my floor from water damage?


Bathrooms

In areas like bathrooms, you have to think about your own water-usage behavior. If you go into your bathroom and you’re pretty good about putting down your mats and cleaning up, you won’t see any issues. However, in a kid’s bathroom where maybe the shower door leaks water and/or they leave their towels on the floor, you can run into issues. So as it is water resistant, it cannot take longterm water intrusion at the joints.

Marmoleum also needs to have an open connection point where the floor meets the wall or any other vertical surface. This is because the floor needs space to expand and contract during its lifetime. Water can get in the spacing between the wall and floor and cause damage if not properly cleaned-up.

The Click CinchLOC has a bead of wax on the edges that allows water to stay away from it, but if it’s sitting on there long periods of time, it will find a way in. There are some opportunities with the marmoleum thought. One thing we can do is put down their marmoleum Topshield™2 sealer on top.

                “A best practice we get involved in with is that in water areas, we’ll run a bead of tight-bond wood glue at the joint, which prevents water from seeping in. When we’re done, we take the marmoleum sealer and we finish the whole floor so now we have a protective finish that covers the joints.”

                                – Mikel Robertson, Co-Owner of Green Goods


Kitchens

In kitchens, you don’t see a lot of issues with water. Marmoleum is actually really nice because you have the cork backer, which gives a little bit of a cushion for your feet and joints while working in the kitchen all day or just for a long evening when you’re having dinner guests. You typically don’t see as much water as we do in the bathrooms


Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms are fine. If you have a sink or doing heavy laundry, again, what we’re worried about is heavy water behavior. Water and spills here and there are, you can clean those off. If you have the Topshield™2 sealer, the marmoleum itself is protected but you do have to be aware of the seams.


Overall

  • Marmoleum is water-resistant; the joints are not.

  • It’s great for low to non water-usage rooms, such as bedrooms, kitchens, offices, etc.

  • It’s an easy DIY, just lay it down and walk on it!

Like all of us, our joints are where we start to go first, and we just want to be diligent.  Marmoleum is a great product. It’s, a natural, hypo-allergenic material. It doesn’t get mites and some of the problems that carpets might get, so it’s a great product to use throughout your house. You just want to be diligent and understand of your water-usage behavior.

                “What I would say, is that it’s great for your kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, and offices, but you have to choose and potentially change your behavior in your bathrooms and laundry room. If you foresee a lot of standing water in these areas, whether you have to run out or if your kids are messy or incredibly active like all of ours are, marmoleum might not be the best application.”                    

                                – Mikel Robertson, Co-Owner of Green Goods

If the Click CinchLOC system doesn’t seem like the right choice for you, we suggest instead is going to Marmoleum solid material, that comes in 6.5’ wide and can be welded. We see this material in a lot of hotels, hospitals, places where you get a lot of action. It’s very durable and it meets healthy indoor air-quality standards.


Interested in updating your space with Marmoleum?

Check out our collections here!


Looking for new and beautiful ways to upgrade your living space? 

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To learn more about Green Building Design, sustainable building and green interior design products visit us at our online showroom.

Interesting in starting your next project with Green Goods?

Give us a call at (866) 254-9494 or email us at contact@greengoodsusa.com.