A Brief History of Manufacturing Quartz Countertops
Posted: Jan 12, 2017
They’re sleek, elegant, and stylish, but classic appeal may have many people thinking that quartz countertops in Roswell come directly from Mother Earth. However, this stylish and wildly popular countertop option is actually man-made. Here’s how it’s done.
Quartz countertops look like natural stone because most of what goes into manufacturing them is natural. About 90 percent of the material used to make quartz countertops is ground quartz, a natural, hard mineral. Because quartz is one of the most abundant minerals found at the Earth’s surface, it makes sense to use it for things like countertops. It’s durable and widely distributed. It is the primary substance found in all forms of sand—beach, rivers, and desert—so quartz can be found in mineable deposits all across the globe.
To make countertops, a mixture of about 90 percent ground quartz is blended with a mix of 8-10 percent resins, polymers, and pigments to create a hard, natural-looking surface. Because quartz countertops include a mix of manmade and natural materials, each quartz countertop is slightly different. These countertops can also be made in as many colors and designs as humans can imagine.
Though the trendiness of quartz countertops is a relatively recent phenomenon, they’ve been available since the 1960s. As the process to make ground quartz into a useful compound occurred in Italy, it makes sense that the quartz countertop trend originated there after Marcello Toncelli created the process in 1963. It would be a few decades before the trend really took off in the U.S.
American consumers really started choosing quartz countertops in the mid-1990s, and by the year 2004, HGTV reported that quartz countertop sales increased 60 percent over sales in 2003. Many homeowners continue to choose these beautiful and elegant countertops because of a variety of benefits they offer. Quartz countertops:
Boast a uniform appearance
Are available in every color imaginable
Can be made to fit any space, including curves
Are incredibly durable and long-lasting
Are resistant to chips and stains
Have a low porosity, which limits ability of bacteria to grow
Are low maintenance; there’s no need to reseal.
It’s no wonder more and more homeowners are choosing quartz countertops in Roswell, thanks to their benefits and their unique mix of manmade and natural substances. It appears the ingenuity of man coupled with the beauty of nature has created a countertop that is innovative and affordable. Quartz countertops are for all people and all homes.
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