Today’s homeowners have a wide
array of choices available to them when shopping for countertop materials such
as engineered quartz slab. Unfortunately, in Texas, shopping for stone
countertops can be a dusty and exhausting process! Because many suppliers display
their products outdoors, customers have to browse in the heat, humidity and
wind. This can be uncomfortable and tiring, and it can also make it difficult
to see the stone properly.
If you are looking for a natural
or engineered stone countertop surface, it’s best to find a stone supplier that
maintains a well-lit and air-conditioned showroom. Making decisions about
countertops is important; these surfaces will last for decades and will be a
major aspect of your interior design. Being able to see the products and
consider them carefully in a pleasant environment helps to ensure that you’ll
make the right decision. Rather than braving the elements, find a company with
comfortable showrooms, such as Omni
, which has a fully
air-conditioned, 50,000 square foot facility in Houston where designers,
decorators, homeowners and fabricators can view available products.
The Advantages of Engineered Stone
One of the best choices for
kitchen and bathroom countertops is engineered quartz, which combines the best
elements of both natural stone and manmade countertop material. Engineered
quartz is made by combining 90 – 94% ground natural quartz stone with 6 – 10%
resins and pigments. The Italian company Breton developed technology called
vibrocompression, which most manufacturers now use. Slabs are made in various
thicknesses and cut into standard sizes, depending on the manufacturer.
Caesarstone, for example, manufactures slabs that are 56.5 inches by 120 inches
in two different thicknesses: 0.75 inches and 1.25 inches.
Engineered quartz is incredibly
hard, strong and durable. It’s stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and
non-porous. It rarely chips or cracks. Engineered quartz is also extremely easy
to maintain: it needs no sealing and it can be cleaned easily with warm water
and soap. (If necessary, a non-abrasive cleanser can be used).
Engineered quartz slabs are also
beautiful. Their appearance varies depending on how the stone is ground; finely
ground quartz gives the finished surface a smooth and uniform look, while more
coarsely ground quartz results in a speckled or flecked appearance that
resembles natural stone. Many homeowners and designers prefer engineered
quartz, since the patterning is consistent throughout, making seams easy to
match. Engineered quartz is available in a wide range of colors, from pale
neutral to deep reds and blacks. In addition, you can choose a finish for your
countertops. You can also choose exactly the right edge for your countertop: a
sharply slanted mitered edge can give a contemporary look to the stone, while
an ornate ogee edge has a more traditional feel.
Safe and Environmentally Friendly
The environmental impact of engineered
quartz is rated as "light to moderate”. Quartz is the second most abundant
substance in Earth’s crust, and supply is plentiful, so there are no concerns
regarding overuse. These countertops are extremely long lasting, so they rarely
need to be replaced. Manufacturers such as Caesarstone
emphasize sustainability, recycling 97% of water used during
processing and collecting dust.
In addition, engineered quartz is
non-toxic, non-allergenic and has anti-bacterial properties, which makes it
safe for your family.
Visit a comfortable,
air-conditioned showroom today and explore the many advantages of engineered
quartz slab today!