Quartz Countertop Manufacturers
There are several different quartz manufacturers to choose from. Listed here are a few of the leading brands.
Cambria is a privately held Minnesota-based company that began as a dairy business in 1936. Having entered the quartz countertop industry in 2000, Cambria is a relative newcomer. Within one year, Cambria had opened a 150,000 square foot factory in Le Sueur, Minnesota, and within five years it had already tripled the size of that plant.
The only American company in the quartz surfaces business, Cambria offers a wide range of designs, colors, edges, and slab sizes. However, Cambria is unusual in that it cannot be purchased at big box home improvement stores. It can only be found at kitchen and bath dealers or purchased through builders, architects, and designers.
Formed in 1987, Caesarstone calls itself “the original quartz surface manufacturer.” A publicly-traded company headquartered in Israel, Caesarstone has a factory at the Kibbutz Sdot Yam and another in the Bar-Lev Industrial Zone. Caesarstone was developed by the kibbutz as a way to replace its failing terrazzo tile industry.
Caesarstone is known for pushing the design envelope. Its Concetto Collection includes 10 surfaces that incorporate semi-precious stones such as agate, dumortierite, tiger’s eye, and even petrified wood. Its Motivo Collection offers deep embossing in crocodile skin and lace textures.
Based in Almeria, Spain, Silestone is the flagship quartz brand of Italian company Cosentino. If Caesarstone is known for its natural stone-like appearance, Silestone’s distinguishing factor is its vibrant solid colors. It’s Life!, Stellar, Mythology, and Zen series offer bold, bright oranges, greens, reds, and blues that are not found with other brands.
Silestone is not just limited to countertop and backsplash materials. Matching Silestone designs are available in sinks, vanities, and shower pans. Silestone offers a robust 25-year limited warranty that is transferable to subsequent owners and includes no pro-rata limitations.
The chemical and consumer products giant DuPont (and maker of the popular Corian brand of solid surface countertops) first entered the quartz market with its Zodiaq line. Now called Corian Quartz, the brand offering includes about 48 color options.
|Textures||Fine, Mixed, Heavy||Smooth, Matte, Satin||Smooth, Suede (small pores), and Volcano (large pores)|
|Thicknesses||1 cm, 2 cm and 3 cm||3/4″/2 cm and 1 1/4″/3 cm)||1.2 cm, 2 cm and 3 cm/1/2, 3/4 and 1 1/14 inches|
|Dimensions||Standard-size slabs are 55.5˝ x 122˝. Jumbo-size slabs are 65.5˝ x 132˝.||Slabs are 56.5″ x 120″.||Standard size slab is 55″ x 120″. Jumbo: 63″ x 128″.|
|Warranty||Lifetime limited warranty only to the original owners of the product. The warranty is not transferable.||Lifetime limited warranty for the original owner. Transferable to subsequent owners but only on a 10 year, pro-rata basis and only if the original owner has transferred warranty on behalf of the new owner.||The 25-year limited warranty that is transferable but only if the original owner transfers the warranty to the next owner.|