Engineered stone products are gaining in popularity and are often preferred over granite products because engineered stone requires less maintenance and has better resistance to stains and bacterial contamination.
For those who love the look of granite but are concerned about its drawbacks, quartz is the answer.
Unlike granite, which can be permanently stained by cooking oils and grease, or which can be etched by the acids in such common household products as hairspray and other toiletries, engineered stone is impervious to these hazards.
Our Engineered stone is more "stone-like," since it is a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% polyester resin pressed into slabs (or larger blocks) using Breton's "vibrocompression vacuum process."
Engineered stone is the most durable surface material, combining the hardness and durability of quartz with the exceptional low maintenance qualities of man-made materials (resin). Quartz ranks 7.0 on Moh's Hardness Scale, which is used to measure the scratch-resistance of a material. Only the diamond (at 10), topaz and sapphire (at 9) are harder than quartz. (Granite is ranked 6 on the scale).
And while granite is subject to unpredictable variations in color or pattern between slabs, which makes it difficult to match countertop sections, engineered stone is uniform in color, pattern, and texture. It provides nearly all of the benefits of natural stone with few of the drawbacks.
Quartz surfacing is available in colors not found in nature. Quartz Master offers more than 40 colors and patterns. Our quartz stone is widely used for kitchen/laundry/bath countertops, vanity tops, backsplashes, wet bars, tub decks, tub/shower surrounds, wall cladding & furniture.
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