Engineered quartz stone - kitchen countertop

Quartz is Engineered Stone for Kitchen Countertop

Countertop is the surface of kitchen set that is used to prepare food. Typically, sinks and stoves are also mounted on this countertop. So it should be the material to be used for the countertop is good quality materials, strong, and durable.
Currently, engineered quartz stone is the best material for your kitchen countertop.

In the past, natural stones, especially granite, have been used for countertop material in high-end homes for its beauty and elegance. However, even though it is very durable, scratch and heat resistant, it has other inherent less desirable characteristics. They are naturally porous and are prone to staining by oils, acids and some cleaning products, especially if they are not properly sealed or resealed periodically. It also contains tiny pits and natural fissures that may appear to be cracks, although these are inherent features. Besides, they are subject to tone variation and it is not easy to achieve smooth transition in the range of shades when it is used in large areas.

An alternative to natural stone is engineered quartz stone which is also durable but without the less desirable characteristics of natural stone.

Quartz is a naturally occurring silicate mineral composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2 ). It is one of the most common and available minerals on the earth’s surface. It ranks 7 on MOH (Measurement of Hardness) scale, behind topaz (8), sapphire (9) and diamond (10). Granite is ranked 6 on the scale on MOH.

original form of quartz - Blue Quartz

original form of quartz – Blue Quartz

 

Engineered quartz stone (also known as reconstituted or re-composed stone) is manufactured from a mix of quartz aggregate chips, a resin binder (typically an unsaturated polyester), pigments and additives. Engineered stone slabs and countertops are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and even textures. Its texture can be fine or coarse, depending on how it is processed, and can be combined with glass and other reflective materials for a sparkling finish. They are increasingly popular in high-end applications combining the benefits of granite’s durability and non-porous nature of quartz.

engineered quartz stone

engineered quartz stone

 

Key features of engineered quartz stone:

  1. As the manufacturing process allows uniformity and consistency in dimension and shade.
  2. The high MOH score and better scratch resistance properties make the material suitable for kitchen countertop.
  3. Most patterns of engineered stones resemble natural stone, but with a consistent pattern, texture and color. Thus kitchen countertops have a uniform appearance.
  4. The hard, non-porous surface retains its polished lustre and does not need sealing treatment on the surface. It can also be cleaned and maintained with normal or soapy water.
  5. In addition to kitchen countertops, engineered stone products are suitable for shower and tub surrounds, vanity tops and other surfaces in wet areas, unlike porous stones, which can foster bacteria growth. They are therefore ideal for locations such as commercial buildings, canteens, hospital food service areas, etc.
  6. As they are man-made, these materials can be fabricated in large sizes, resulting in less joints and better aesthetics.

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