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Quartz: A Hassle-Free Alternative to Granite

Aug 11, 2011 | by Ed

Looking for a stone countertop look with none of the upkeep and brittleness problems of real granite? Two good and affordable quartz alternatives are Cambria Countertops and DuPont’s Zodiaq.

Zodiaq and Cambria are mostly quartz crystal, giving it the depth and radiance of natural stone without its imperfections. The material has both the durability and performance of quartz, one of nature’s hardest materials. It also has many times the flexural strength of granite, making it ideal for countertops.

Real granite has a number of drawbacks. Although many people think that it's ecologically responsible because it is natural, it is not. Granite for countertops is mined overseas in unsupervised conditions and shipped to the US, wasting energy.

Granite is brittle and porous. It needs to be sealed regularly once installed, meaning dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released in your kitchen. Granite’s porousness also means that liquids can seep through and mold can grow on the underside. And there are concerns about radon with granite as well.

Zodiaq and Cambria are non-porous, and don’t need periodic sealing. Quartz countertops are extremely durable, and heat and scratch resistant. However, since no countertop is impervious to damage, use of a trivet for hot pots and a cutting board for chopping and slicing is recommended.

Both Zodiaq and Cambria will maintain their lustrous appearance for many years with just a damp cloth or paper towel, and a non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser, if necessary.

Both are available in a wide range of fashion colors sure to complement any palette. To find out more, give us a call at (855) 573-3223.

Topics: Granite Alternatives

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