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Quartz Countertop Tips

Tips About Quartz

It seems like everywhere you look these days, there are more and more options available when it comes to choosing a material for kitchen countertops. In fact, the choices of material are staggering! Just look at the variety of opitions:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • Soapstone
  • Concrete
  • Onyx
  • Quartzite
  • Solid Surface
  • Quartz
  • Sintered Stone
  • Porcelain

And even though that is not an exhaustive list, it does show that there are many materials that can be used for stone countertops. So, what are the pros for choosing quartz? And what should you know if you are going to add them to your kitchen yourself? In this post, we will take a brief look at some specifics regarding quartz and we’ll share a link to where you can get an overview of what to consider if you are planning an install.

A Plethora of Quartz Brands

Go into any home improvement store and you will see more than just a few choices of quartz. The brands line the aisles. And if you want to explore even more options, you can browse the Internet for brand of quartz. If you were to take me up on that, you would see one or more from the following list of quartz brands:

  • ADD
  • ADVANCED KITCHEN & BATH
  • AUREA STONE
  • AVANZA
  • BASIX QUARTZ
  • BELENCO
  • BELTRAMI
  • CAESARSTONE
  • CAMBRIA
  • CERASTONE
  • CIMSTONE
  • COLOR SURFACES
  • COLORQUARTZ
  • COMPAC
  • COSMOS QUARTZ
  • CORIAN
  • CURAVA
  • DAKOTA QUARTZ
  • DELLA TERRA
  • DIAMANTE QUARTZ
  • DIFINITI
  • DIRESCO
  • ELEMENTS
  • ELLIPSE
  • EMPEROR QUARTZ
  • EQUS
  • ESSA STONE
  • FIR STONE
  • FORMICA STONE
  • FOUR ELEMENTS
  • GEMINI QUARTZ
  • GEOS
  • GIOSTONE
  • GLOBALSTONE
  • GS QUARTZ
  • HANSTONE
  • IRAH QUARTZ
  • KALINGA STONE
  • KIVESTA QUARTZ
  • KSTONE
  • LEGACY QUARTZ
  • LG VIATERA
  • LIDO
  • LUCASTONE
  • METROQUARTZ
  • MONICA
  • MONT SURFACES
  • NATURAQUARTZ
  • NATURASTONE
  • NUSTONE
  • OKITE
  • OMNIA
  • ONE QUARTZ
  • ORION
  • PACSHORE QUARTZ
  • PENTAL
  • POLARSTONE
  • POMPEII QUARTZ
  • PRESTIGESTONE
  • PURIVO QUARTZ
  • Q FROM MSI
  • QSTONE
  • QUANTRA
  • QUANTUM QUARTZ
  • QUARELLA
  • QUARTEX SURFACES
  • QUARTZ EFFECTS
  • QUARTZ MASTER
  • QUARTZ NATUR
  • QUARTZFORMS
  • QUARTZNATURE
  • QUARTZFORMS CANADA
  • RENEWMAX
  • ROMAXX
  • ROXX
  • SANTA MARGHERITA
  • SEQUEL
  • SILESTONE
  • SIQUARTZ
  • SMARTSTONE
  • SPECTRUM QUARTZ
  • STARON RADIANZ
  • STONE ITALIANA
  • SUN STONE QUARTZ
  • TCE STONE
  • TECHNISTONE
  • TERRASTONE
  • TOTEM QUARTZ
  • TRAFFICSTONE
  • U QUARTZ
  • VADARA
  • VENETIAN FROM MSI
  • VERSATOP
  • VICOSTONE
  • VTI TRUQUARTZ
  • WILSONART QUARTZ
  • ZENITH
  • ZODIAQ

Even though there are so many brands of quartz available, they are made the same way for the most part. If you go to each of the websites from that list, you will see that many of them will have the following information about their particular brand of quartz surface.

Quartz Coutnertop
Image courtesy of Lustro Italiano

How Quartz is Made

Quartz is made by combining various substances into a composite material. Bonding resins, pigment, and stone dust is combined into a material that is then called ‘quartz’. The reason this finished product can be called quartz is because many of the brands use 93% (by weight; not volume) quartz and around 7% (by weight) bonding resin. As a result, you will see that companies will call their material “natural stone” even though it is engineered by scientists and is different form the natural stone called quartzite. This is because in reality, by mass, the material is really primarily natural.

Quartz Characteristics

Just as the process is similar for the various brands of quartz, the selling points are similar too. The sales information usually goes something like this:

One of the main benefits of quartz surfaces is its non-porous surface. Because quartz is non-porous, it is very easy to maintain and care for. For most cleaning all you will need is warm water with some mild soap.

If you do need to remove a stain from your quartz surface use one of our recommended cleaners. Never use harsh chemicals on your quartz surface. liquids such as bleach, ammonia, and solvents can cause damage to the surface.

Depending on which brand of quartz you look at, they will recommend specific brands of cleaning products. These brands of cleaners will vary. But they are usually not the only cleaning products that can be used on quartz surfaces. If you follow the guidelines spelled out in the care and maintenance information, you will be able to find care products that are designed for quartz by brands other than the ones mentioned in the sales information.

Warranty Information

In this area, you will find some variance. Each brand of quartz will have its own warranty length and the requirements will be different as well. There are even some that void the warranty if you do not register your surface within 30 days of the install. For this reason, It is imperative that you read the warranty information thoroughly and follow it to a T.

Installing Quartz Surfaces

If you are a DIY, you might be interested in what kinds of things to keep in mind when you begin to embark on a do-it-yourself install. There are a few things that seem like common sense, once they are mentioned, but could be easily overlooked. Rather than writing out all the steps for installing quartz, I thought I would simply point you in the direction of a page that takes you through how to install quartz countertops.

The bottom line is this: if you are looking to install quartz countertops yourself, be sure you know a bit about the material and what its characteristics are. And if you aren’t installing them yourself, remember, you will still need to know a bit about the material in order to take proper care of it. So take a bit of time to learn some of the basics about quartz. If you do, you will be arming yourself with the knowledge that will equip you for years of living with your beautiful, carefully selected kitchen countertops.

Travertine Repair

Are you looking for the secret of how to fill holes in travertine? if so, you might be surprised to learn that it is not so difficult to accomplish when you know what to do and which product to use. In this demonstration, a tile professional shows exactly how to correct holes in travertine flooring. The product can also be used to fix cracks and chips in this beautiful natural stone.

How to Fill Holes In Travertine

Filling Holes in travertine is easy if you know what to use and how to use it. This video demonstrates what professional tile restoration companies use to repair travertine floors. The process is easy enough that home owners can fill holes in travertine tile in just a few minutes. By following the procedure shown in this video,  those unsightly “pocks” in a travertine tile gone in no time.

Tenax Travertine Filler

In the video the tile professional uses a travertine filler produced by Tenax and available at Lustro Italiano to correct the issue. For small jobs and to have on hand, you can have whichever color of travertine filler you need for your tile color. The Tenax brand comes in four colors and is available from Lustro Italiano as follows:

Tenax coloring paste adds color to travertine filler to match stone that falls outside of the normal color range. So, if you have some “blemishes” in your travertine tiles, products like the one mentioned here could be a great solution.

DIY Ceramic Tile Floor

If you are researching how to tile your kitchen floor there will be techniques, materials, and concepts that you will need to be aware of. Beginning a project without considering this valuable information can make the installation process more difficult and can even frustrate you as you embark on this DIY project. Knowing what to expect can make a huge difference. This video covers some important aspects of installing a ceramic tile floor in your kitchen. Continue reading DIY Ceramic Tile Floor

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 7

Finishing The Seams and Sealing

During the course of the project we have been viewing in this 8 part series of videos, there have been places where the granite meets the wall or other pieces of stone. These joints and seams need to be sealed up and camouflaged so that they are not noticeable. What should you use? What cautions or warnings are needed? This installment in the series answers those questions. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 7

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 1

Granite Counter Top Project: Part 1

In this video series, you will see exactly what goes into fabricating a granite counter top. While this kitchen might not be considered luxuriant, the video does a tremendous job of demonstrating how temperamental granite is and what kinds of things you will need to keep in mind before and during the project. Below the video, you will see a summary of what is discussed in the movie. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 1