Discover what makes building material made from quartz crystals such an attractive option. Classic Marble & Stone Inc offers a range of options for manufactured quartz decorative stone at our store in Hoagland, Indiana.
Joining Man & Nature
While quartz as a building material doesn’t have the history of marble and granite, it does have the hardness. In fact, quartz is even harder than marble or granite. Quartz is nearly impervious to damage and provides the most hygienic of surfaces.
High Performance, Low Maintenance
Quartz is a high-performance, low-maintenance material that can be used as an alternative to marble or granite in just about any application. It serves as an outstanding material for countertops, backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, shower and spa areas, and wall cladding.
Engineered for Use
Although quartz is the most plentiful mineral on the earth’s surface, it can’t be used in its natural state for countertops or decorative effects because it doesn’t form huge solid deposits like granite and marble. Quartz is engineered by man in the same way Mother Nature makes marble, although much more quickly.
In the quartz-manufacturing process, raw quartz crystals are ground and combined with a resin, which serves as a bonding agent, and pigment. That mix is then heated and compacted (just as marble is compacted in the earth’s crust) to form quartz, an impenetrable surface material. Engineered quartz is about 93% natural quartz crystals and 7% binders and pigment.