This Engineered stone Sare a low maintenance, durable, and contemporary option for your rooms. Although quartz countertops are fairly new on the scene compared to natural stone, they offer a very easy care surface with many variations of color, patterns, and finishes to choose from. Unlike natural stone, Quartz never needs to be sealed or polished. Other than daily cleaning with soap and water, Quartz countertops are virtually maintenance free. It is non-porous, non-absorbent, and stain and scratch resistant. Sleek and modern, Quartz is a very attractive surface.
Since Quartz countertops are man-made, both color and pattern are consistent throughout the entire piece. Quartz can be polished, honed, sandblasted and embossed. Quartz countertops give you unlimited color options never before available in stone. From brilliant vivid hues to earthy and even natural looking stone-like patterns with sparkle and veining. Because it is easily manufactured into unique sizes and shapes, you can even do circles and curves. Quartz is not recommended for outdoor use as the elements can cause colors to fade. Also, Quartz needs to be professionally installed as it is heavier than granite.
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Quartz is a very common and abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust. A hard, white and colorless mineral, chemically quartz is silica, or silica dioxide. However, it is often colored by impurities, as in amethyst, citrine, and cairngorm. Quartz slabs, also known as ‘engineered’ stone, are engineered in a factory. Crushed quartz is combined with resins and then pigments are added to give it color and pattern. Sometimes glass or flecks of metallic are blended in too. Coarsely ground quartz will produce a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look.
The process to engineer quartz into countertops wasn’t developed until the 1960’s, when new technologies allowed the process of mixing pulverized quartz crystal with resins to create this ‘engineered’ stone . Europe is where Quartz countertops first gained popularity. The use of Quartz continues to rise due to the exciting endless color and pattern options available.
Historically, varieties of Quartz were used for jewelry, carvings, and other decorative items. In the 1880’s, piezoelectric properties (piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials, such as crystals, in response to applied mechanical stress) were discovered in quartz, and began to be used in electronic production, detection of sound, and clocks and watches. Today the use of quartz continues to be valuable in our modern world to include the production of glass, computers, televisions, cell phones and a variety of electronic devices.
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At Exotic Stone we carry a variety of granite, marble, and quartz for countertops, tiles, backsplashes, bath and shower surrounds. We also offer custom cutting for bathrooms, fireplaces and signs. Located in Victoria, BC and serving all of Vancouver Island, we have in-town and in-house fabrications, so you can either pick up your order or have our team of experienced professionals install it for you.