What is Quartz & What Makes Quartz an Attractive Countertop?Mon, Aug, 2016
What is Quartz?
Quartz is one of the most abundant materials found on the earth’s surface. It consists of one part silicone and two parts oxygen. However, quartz countertops are man-made.
They consist of 90 to 97 percent quartz and the remaining part of the slab consisting of resins, polymers and different types of pigments. In its natural form, quartz is highly resistant to weathering and thus the mineral is the primary constituent of the sand found in deserts, beaches, and riverbeds. Quartz can be found in virtually every color. Despite a similar sounding name, quartz is different from quartzite.
What Makes Quartz an Attractive Countertop?
Recently quartz has gained popularity as an attractive countertop. A few reasons for this include its attractive appearance and sturdiness when compared to natural stones. As quartz is a manufactured material it is available in a far greater variety of colors than are marble or granite. Quartz is as durable as concrete or granite however it has advantages over these materials as it does not chip or crack as easily. It can be pleasant to run one’s hand over a quartz surface as although it is hard, it is attractive to touch even to people who dislike hard surfaces.
The non-porous characteristic of quartz makes it a resilient countertop that easily resists stains from food products such as juice, coffee, wine and other products likely to be found in a kitchen. Additionally, the same non-porous quality of quartz also makes it a hygienic worktop as quartz does not harbor germs or bacteria. The price of a quartz worktop is competitive with slabs made of other high-end countertops such as marble, slate, granite or concrete. Quartz may not provide the same natural look as other stones such as marble as it is a manufactured material. A finished quartz slab may show signs of being engineered by visible seams on its surface.
Compac: A Leading Supplier of Quartz
A world leader in high-quality decorative stone surfaces and stones, Compac has its head office in Spain but supplies its high-quality quartz products all across the globe. Compac is the second largest quartz supplier in the world. Its particular line of Compac Unique Calacatta quartz is largely white with dark veins running through it. On the surface, Compac Unique Calacatta quartz looks similar to Calacatta Marble; however, it is far more durable and does not stain or etch.
The Unique Calacatta quartz gives a room class and an atmosphere filled with opulence. In addition, unlike a marble worktop, a worktop with Calacatta quartz will never have red circular stains caused by wine glasses. Therefore the Calacatta quartz is a very low maintenance slab. MKW Surfaces is a leading supplier of Compac Unique Calacatta Quartz in London. Despite being an engineered material, Compac’s Unique Calacatta Quartz looks remarkably similar to natural stone. It has been engineered for high traffic applications such as a kitchen worktop. Furthermore, as Unique Calacatta Quartz is non-porous it cannot contaminate any food placed upon it and does not require any anti-bacterial treatment. It is, in fact, a natural anti-bacterial material as no molds can grow upon it and hence neither can bacteria.