What is Silestone, Zodiaq and Cambria? Silestone, Zodiaq, and Cambria are just some popular brands of engineered stone quartz countertops. Engineered stone countertops are made from crushed granite rock and quartz stone, then mixed wth glue and colors to create a consistant and strong countertop.
More popular quartz and engineered stone countertop brands include: Cambria, Silestone, Cosmos, Caesarstone, Zodiaq and Hanstone.
A revolutionary Quartz surfacing:
A perfect blend of polymeric technology combined with the beauty and durability of Natural Quartz. Cosmos Quartz surfaces are food safe, extremely durable, very easy to maintain and come with an exclusive 10 year warranty. Cosmos Quartz is a reliable choice for any indoor application requiring an attractive, maintenance-free, moisture-proof and highly durable surface.
Zodiaq® quartz surface brings the best of nature and science to the best of contemporary residential and commercial design. Engineered with pure quartz crystals, beaming with diamond-like radiance, Zodiaq® surfaces are visually striking — and utterly unique. The sparkling crystal within Zodiaq® quartz surfaces balances stunning light-play with mesmerizing depth. Long-lasting and GREENGUARD Certified® as a low-emitting material, Zodiaq® surfaces are a high-performance material, delivering strength, and heat and scratch resistance. Homeowners and designers the world over choose Zodiaq® because this remarkable surfacing material elevates kitchens and baths with the timeless beauty of quartz crystal.
ELEGANCE AND DURABILITY. NATURALLY.
Hanwha Surfaces is the leading manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces with the most advanced, nature-friendly manufacturing plant in North America. Our HanStone Quartz product line is ideally suited for countertops, vanities, bar tops, reception areas, conference rooms and other surfaces throughout residential and commercial interiors. We combine one of nature's hardest materials, natural quartz, with high-quality polymer resin and pigment to produce a durable yet luxurious stone surface. All of these qualities have made HanStone Quartz a premier choice for builders throughout the world.
Why Choose Cambria?
For kitchen and baths that call for the ultimate combination of beauty and durability, Cambria quartz is the perfect choice. Offering the elegance of natural stone, Cambria is pure, natural quartz, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth. It has the natural look and feel of granite, but features superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is nonporous making it as safe as stainless steel for food preparation. It will resist stains from common household items such as coffee, tea and wine and best of all it is maintenance-free. Simply wash it with warm water, use mild soap if desired. It’s that simple.
Silestone is natural quartz created for today's homes. Utilizing a revolutionary process, Silestone offers you over 60 colors, exceptional textures and a variety of finishes. Also, multi-dimensional functionality makes Silestone quartz a cleaner, safer surface for your home. Silestone offers the unique combination of built-in Microban antimicrobial product protection, National Sanitation Foundation certification and GREENGUARD indoor air quality certification. Microban protection inhibits the growth of microbes such as odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
Caesarstone quartz surfaces are the ultimate combination of nature and technology. Non-porous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to stains, Caesarstone retains its beauty without sealants or waxes and is almost maintenance-free.
Galation Quartz Countertop
Here is one example of a quartz countertop installed on white cabinets.
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Charlotte and Columbia Quartz Countertops
Quartz Surfacing (Quartz Countertops or Engineered Stone Countertops) consist of a material developed specifically to form a material resembling natural stone but with improved qualities.
Engineered stone is made by combining 93 percent crushed natural quartz with 7 percent resins and pigments which makes this material much harder, more durable, and easier to care for than any other countertop material. Only the diamond, topaz and sapphire are harder than quartz. (Pieces of quartz are commonly found in all types of granite and granite colors)
In addition to the durability and ease of maintenance, engineered stone countertops are also available in an array of colors, patterns, and textures. Similar to granite, engineered stone is usually polished to a high gloss shine and installed in solid slabs. However, the colors and patterns are more consistent with engineered stone and the surface does not require sealing either. Check out some of the wonderful benefits of engineered stone below.
Benefits of Engineered Stone countertops
- The unique combination of quartz and resins makes engineered stone nonporous and resistant to heat, scratching, stains, chemicals, molds and bacteria.
- Engineered stone is more flexible, durable and easier to work with than natural granite.
- Engineered stone will not chip and fracture during everyday use as granite may.
- It retains its high-polished luster and never requires sealing.
- It is easily cleaned with warm, pH neutral soapy water.
- It resembles natural stone, but with a more consistent pattern and color meaning that your countertop will look very much like the sample you pick out.
- Engineered stone can be made to look like granite, marble, travertine, concrete, and other natural stone.
- Slabs are fabricated into countertops with edge profiles that range from simple bevels to bull nose and ogee.
- Engineered stone, made of quartz, resists scratches from objects such as stainless steel knives, ceramic pots, and mugs.
- Engineered stone counters are resistant to heat from hot plates of up to 350 degrees. However, it is still recommended that you the use trivets or hot pads.
- It will not stain from oil, fruit juices, acids, liquid food coloring, wine, soda, nail-polish remover, felt-tip markers and most common household cleaners.
- The colors, patterns and textures available are constantly expanding. Some patterns resemble natural stone and others offer bright variations of orange, red, blue, green, and yellow. Also, some engineered stone manufacturers offer products in a matte or "honed" finish.