Quartz countertops are manmade products manufactured to have the natural beauty of stone – which is why you can often find them at a lower cost than natural stone. From Silestone Lyra to Babylon Grey, there are hundreds of different types of quartz countertops on the market today. While quartz countertops look like natural stone, they are in fact manufactured by companies around the world. Let’s look into a brief history of quartz production, and a few of the different types of quartz that are popular today.
Brief History of Quartz Production
Companies began engineering quartz countertops in the early 1960s when the Italian company Breton S.p.A pressed polymer resins into raw quartz crystals, creating a smooth and stone-like surface. This innovative method was easy to replicate and cheaper than sourcing massive stones from the earth – which is why quartz countertops have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Browse these types of quartz countertops and the companies that made them a reality.
Self-titled “original quartz surface manufacturer,” Caesarstone was one of the first businesses to start selling engineered stone. You can choose from over 50 different colors, multiple edge profiles as well as various textures including satin, matte and smooth. You may even find more dynamic designs that may include lace and crocodile skin. Caesarstone is one of the most popular quartz products on the market today.
Another top seller, Silestone is engineered by an Italian company, Cosentino. This type of quartz is known for using vibrant colors for their designs that are not naturally seen. With over 140 colors and 15 edge profiles, there are plenty of options to choose from when designing countertops.
Cambria, a Minnesota-based quartz manufacturer, actually started out in the dairy supply industry back in 1936. They acquired a license in 2000 to begin engineering and selling quartz becoming one of the most popular quartz brands in just a couple of decades. Homeowners tend to like it for its smooth, realistic look as well as its lifetime warranty. Considered a luxury brand, Cambria is the only brand manufactured solely in the US and is available in over 100 different design styles and colors.
Manufactured in North America, HanStone is particularly useful for commercial and residential applications that require high levels of durability. With 6 times the strength of granite, Hanstone is great for families that do a lot of cooking or for businesses that need a countertop to be resilient. There are over 50 design styles and seven beautiful collections to choose from.
An LG product- yes, THAT LG– LG Viatera is an Italy-born creation available in 50 colors. It boasts strength, quality and a nonporous surface that doesn’t require sealants or waxes that other stone surfaces need to stay hygienic. LG Viatera is National Sanitation Foundation and Greenguard certified meaning it was built by using sustainable materials with an eco-friendly manufacturing process.
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