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In its natural state, quartz is a crystalline mineral composed of silicon and oxygen. Colorless, transparent, and extremely abundant in the Earth’s crust, it has been historically classified as a semiprecious stone. It has not been used in construction, at least not until the twentieth century when technological advancement brought about engineered stone.

While the mineral quartz is naturally occurring, the building material of the same name is not. Instead, it is a substance composed primarily of ground-up quartz crystals (93%), with some binding resin (6%), and various other additives which provide coloration (1%). The end product is sturdy and flexible, resistant to staining and chipping, and available in a wide variety of colors.

As an engineered stone, quartz presents a cost-efficient alternative to natural stone. It has been well established in Europe for decades, and its popularity is rapidly growing in the US as well. Here’s just a couple of the reasons why people are turning to quartz.

The Benefits

Extreme Durability: Easily the equal of natural granite when it comes to hardness.
Extreme Flexibility: Unlike hard natural stone, quartz will neither chip nor crack.
Entirely Non-Porous: No staining, corrosion, or sanitary concerns.
Low-Maintenance: A quartz countertop will never need to be sealed.
Broad Range of Colors: Added to the mix during fabrication.

The Downsides

Limited Patterning: No natural veining or patterning in the material.
Limited Heat Resistance: Not a match for granite or marble in this aspect.
Discoloration: Exposure to sunlight can cause a gradual loss of coloration.

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At Elite Stone Fabrications, we maintain a comprehensive selection of granite, quartz, or marble surfaces and fixtures for your home. View our Virtual Inventory online, or visit our Selection Center at 941 Meyers Drive, Lisbon, IA 52253.

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