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Man-Made Quartz

Looking for a beautiful, durable, and versatile material for your next project? Man-made quartz is an excellent option for applications ranging from countertops and backsplashes to shower walls, custom tables and much more. Composed of about 90%-97% natural quartz, man-made quartz also contains a small amount of resin and pigment to create a truly unique look. At CT Stone, we're proud to offer a wide range of the most popular man-made quartz brands, including Caesarstone, Silestone, Pental Quartz, Cambria, Enigma and more.

Regardless of its application, quartz provides a number of benefits to clients. For starters, this man-made stone is both stain- and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for use on high traffic kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities. Quartz is also resistant to acid-etching. Homeowners can worry less about exposure to common household items like vinegar, lemon juice, and other acids in the kitchen. All of this combined with its scratch-resistant qualities make quartz a sensible choice for any number of residential and commercial projects.

FAQ

What exactly is engineered quartz?

Engineered quartz is a fusion of natural quartz, resin and pigment.

What are the benefits of using engineered quartz for countertops?

Engineered quartz has a variety of benefits.  This product is suitable for both residential and commercial applications because of its durability.  Engineered quartz is both stain and heat resistant making it an ideal choice for high traffic countertops in kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.  Because the material is not porous, it is both hygienic and easy to maintain.

Can engineered quartz be used outside?

Most engineered quartz cannot be used in exterior applications. However, some brands are releasing materials specifically formulated for exterior use. An example is Caesarstone's Outdoor collection

Can engineered quartz be used for a fireplace facing?

Engineered quartz is not recommended for fireplace applications specially because the high heat generated by a fireplace could cause the material to fail.

What is the maximum size of an engineered quartz slab?

This maximum size of engineered quartz slabs varies by brand and by color. Standard slabs are generally around 120x55. Jumbo slabs are generally around 131x64. Check with a CT Stone team member for size specifications on a particular brand/ color.

Can you put a hot pot directly on top of engineered quartz?

We recommend you use trivets when placing a hot pot or pan on engineered quartz. In some cases, high temperature items (such as a teapot or the lid of a boiling pot) can discolor the quartz.

Can you cut directly on engineered quartz?

We recommend you use a cutting board on engineered quartz countertops.

Does engineered quartz have to be sealed?

In general, engineered quartz countertops do not need to be sealed. However, some matte or concrete finishes are easier to clean once an impregnating sealer has been applied. For these applications we recommend Stonetech Quartz and Porcelain Tile Sealer.

Be sure to check with your CT Stone team member before applying a sealer as some brands will void their material warranty if a sealer is applied.

Can you change the finish on engineered quartz?

Changing the factory finish on any engineered quartz voids the manufacturer's warranty.

 

Can we make a sink out of engineered quartz?

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Yes, you can make a sink out of engineered quartz. Often times, customers choose a linear drain so that the finish on the bottom of the sink is not altered which keeps the manufacturer's material warranty in place.

Can we make a trough sink out of engineered quartz?

Yes, we can make a trough sink in engineered quartz. Sizes and specifications vary based on field requirements. Here are some examples:

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Is there a difference in maintenance between polished and honed finishes?

Both polished and honed finishes are very durable but the polished is typically easier to clean. In some materials, the honed finishes require a little more elbow grease to clean. Clients can opt for an impregnating sealer such as Stonetech's Quartz and Porcelain Tile Sealer.

Be sure to check with your CT Stone team member before applying a sealer as some brands will void their material warranty if a sealer is applied to the stone.

How do you clean engineered quartz?

We recommend cleaning your quartz countertops with Stonetech Quartz & Tile Cleaner.

What is the difference between quartz and quartzite?

Quartz is also known as engineered quartz, engineered stone or man-made quartz. It is a product that is made from a fusion of natural quartz, resin and pigment. Quartzite is a 100% natural stone that is quarried from the earth.

What thicknesses does quartz come in?

Quartz is typically available in 2 cm and 3 cm or ¾" and 1-⅛". Some brands are coming out with thinner slabs, 1.2 cm or 1.3 cm, which are ideal for wall panels.

Are there imperfections in man-made quartz?

Yes. It is important to know that there are imperfections in man-made quartz. It is a common mistake to assume that man-made quartz is perfect. In fact, much like natural stone, every slab of man-made quartz is different. Typical imperfections include but are not limited to small pits, warping, finishes changes, dull spots and more. Even if you view your man-made quartz slabs in person prior to fabrication, it is important to note that these imperfections can be visible post installation (especially in applications with a lot of natural light).

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