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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