kb-network    Guest Blog 22 Mar 2017

Amir Reske, managing director at surface specialist Caesarstone, asks the question ‘Why Quartz?’

The modern kitchen sits at the heart of the home. It is both a showpiece and a workhorse – a multi-functional space in which we entertain, eat, chat with the family and unwind. Within the kitchen, one component in particular takes the brunt of the knocks. Given its large area, it also dictates the overall style. The worktop.

There are a number of materials to choose from, so why pick quartz?

What is quartz/engineered stone?

Quartz surfaces are made up of a blend of natural quartz product, pigments and polymers that are molded, pressed and then cured to make a very strong solid surface slab that can then be fabricated for a variety of uses. Premium quartz products are made to a very strict process to ensure high technical performance, aesthetic quality and uniformity.

At Caesarstone, the process begins with a rigorous inspection of all incoming raw materials. These are then manufactured through a highly automated, yet strictly monitored process that includes a significant amount of time and resources dedicated to polishing, testing and tagging.

It’s tough

Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly, quartz scores 7 compared to marble which scores 3-4. Diamond is 10 and chalk is 1. That means quartz surfaces are among the most durable surfaces available, a vital quality when it comes to areas utilised as well as the kitchen. A worktop that is scratch and stain resistant will keep your kitchen or bathroom looking beautiful for many years to come.

Nature enhanced

Caesarstone tested its quartz products against marble and granite for impact strength, flexible strength, compression and water absorption and they outperformed both marble and granite in all areas tested, confirming the supremacy of quartz when it comes to durability and being virtually non-porous. While granite and marble worktops generally need to be sealed, and are more prone to marks and scratching, quartz does not need to be sealed by artificial means and is scratch and mark resistant.

Beautiful design versatility

High quality, premium-engineered quartz surfaces offer product consistency, a wide range of colours and designs (Caesarstone UK offers a choice of 40) and finishes simply not possible with natural stone.

For many consumers wanting a marble or granite look, an appropriate quartz product, such as Caesarstone’s Super Natural and Ultra Natural series is a far better option. Equally, the Concrete series delivers the aesthetic appeal of concrete without any of the complex installation or maintenance issues.

High quality quartz can be cut to fit nearly any space, is extremely adaptable and available in differing thicknesses. This makes quartz ideal for a range of surface applications from kitchen and bathroom worktops, to floors, splashback and wall coverings.

Unlike granite and marble, Caesarstone quartz, can even be curved using a thermal process, opening up a vast range of design options. The higher the quality of the quartz, the easier it is for the fabricator to work with and the better the look and feel of the finished result.

To show the versatility of its quartz, Caesarstone has partnered with world famous designer Jaime Hayon to create his inspirational ‘Whimsical Universe’. Only high quality quartz like Caesarstone can facilitate such design options, thanks to its consistent appearance, variety of finishes and technical performance.

Easy maintenance, more hygienic and highly versatile

Not only does quartz last longer than almost all other surface options, it is easier to maintain, clean and keep looking better for longer. Quartz doesn’t need sealing, treating, polishing or any other form of maintenance, except a simple wipe clean with household detergent and water. Additionally, quartz also offers a practical, hygienic and environmentally friendly solution for a variety of uses from kitchens to bathrooms and wet rooms, on floors and walls as well as countertops.

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