Natural quartz is considered the second most abundant mineral on the face of the earth and at the same time it is unfortunately, a non-renewable material. We know that the exploitation of raw material that cannot be renewed naturally, falls against the principles of sustainability and conveys an accelerated deterioration of our ozone layer. For this reason, it is important to at least, reduce the amount of time employed at impacting the ground for mineral extraction for mitigating the environmental impact.
Quartz manufacturer company called CaesarStone, which meets the standards of the US Green Building Council, has demonstrated how their enterprise minimizes the environmental impact by reusing their own industry remnants in their countertop mix to reduce the time and energy consumption required at the quartz extraction mines. Therefore, their products contain 93% of natural quartz as aggregate and it’s mixed with pigments and polymer resins. As a result, the company obtains a product with high quality and aesthetic.
Each day the acquisition of materials that look into the health, safety and welfare of us humans, has become more and more essential, specially around our younger ones. Restrooms and kitchens are the most bacteria-prone spaces and surfaces in our homes and most of the times, the surfaces we trust at cleaning, end up being affected by multiple abrasives found on cleaning detergents or harsh scratches from cooking utensils which in time will accumulate bacteria and contaminate our food preparation areas.
This is one of the many reasons for providing a product that surpasses the hygiene expectancy by proving their quartz resists impacts, scratches, stains and heat. This quartz provides resistance to abrasive detergents which eventually destroy the main layers of materials that do not resist this type of products, unlike this kind of quartz. So because of its high quality, these panels resist the accumulation of fungus and bacteria due to the integrity of the surface, a characteristic that maintains color consistency as well. Because of being a product that contains 93% of natural quartz in the mix, its density becomes two times more resistant than granite and marble which contain only 20-50% of natural quartz mineral.
The particularity this material holds for being resistant to scratches or impacts, resides in the utilization of polymers as mix binders, transforming the quartz panels in surfaces four times more flexible than granite.This combination prevents cracks as shown on natural stones, makes the panels more homogeneous and prevents the use of sealants preserving the color. All this reduces maintenance of surfaces like kitchens, restrooms and countertops, regardless of being used private or publicly.
On the aesthetic aspect, its common to hear that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” and its an actual reason for which CeasarStone’s quartz finishes maintain much of the essence of the mineral quartz adding nuances and textures in tone with the taste of the viewer or user. Ranging from sleek surfaces to texturized others, with vivid and warm colors, adde to others that simulate other materials like exposed concrete. The versatility of styles fits multiple scenarios regardless of weather it’s application is commercial or residential, interior or exterior, wall or floor; so attractive that in the correct hands of a professional in the matter, this quartz could be taken into unexpected levels.
For more information about CaesarStone’s products make sure to check out their page and if you find yourself living in Puerto Rico, try visiting The Marble Shop of The Tile Shop and witness the amazingness of this quartz right before your eyes.
Original essay collaboration found first in Spanish version at 90Grados.
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