At Marble Supreme we are experts in quartz worktops, its cutting and installation. Quartz is an incredible material to have in your home or business, it comes in a huge array of colours and patterns that suit any room. Quartz worktops are also extremely long lasting, and strong against bumps and scratches. They are easy to clean, and incredibly hygienic due to its low porosity. There are many qualities that quartz has which make it sought after in homes and businesses alike, but what is it made from and how is it created? 

 

What is Quartz Made of?

The quartz used in buildings and for quartz worktops is different to the naturally occurring quartz found around the world. Quartz is found in abundance in nature as a mineral, however the quartz used in the home is an engineered version. Unlike our other two main materials, marble and granite, quartz for homes and businesses is man made. The mineral quartz is one of the most common materials on earth, pure quartz is clear but it can also come in a variety of soft colours, dependent on impurities.

The quartz found naturally is usually an igneous rock, this means that it is formed from the cooling of magma (like granite.) Igneous rocks are known to be especially hard due to the interlocking crystalline structures which form as the magma cools, quartz is used for countertops and more because it is extremely hard, in fact it is 7 on the mohs scale, harder than granite which is 6 and marble which is a 3. Quartz is also highly resistant to erosion. This natural material is combined with resin and pigments to create the quartz that can be found in homes and businesses across the world.

 

What Process Creates Quartz Worktops?

The organic quartz is mined, quartz deposits are widely distributed but can mainly be found in the Alps, Brazil, Minas Gerais, Madagascar, and Japan. The quartz is then ground down and formed into slabs which stay in place with the addition of resin. The natural colour of the quartz can also be changed with the addition of pigments. In general, quartz worktopss are made of around 90% natural ground down quartz and 10% resin and pigment. Quartz worktops have many of the same properties as mineral quartz, however, the addition of resin makes quartz countertops especially non-porous, more so than the naturally occurring mineral. The lack of porosity in quartz worktops makes them perfect for the kitchen as it’s easier to clean and less likely to harbour bacteria.

At Marble Supreme we have a large array of quartz worktops available for your home or business. We also have a wealth of resources regarding how to prepare for quartz countertop installation, as well as the care and maintenance of quartz countertops, to ensure they stay looking their best. If you are interested in having a quartz installation, or have any questions about any of our stone offerings then get intouch with the expert craftsmen at Marble Supreme today!

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