5 Advantages Of Quartz Over Natural Stone

Stone Surfaces PMC1017

Consistent Color and Pattern

It does not occur in nature, so the hue and the pattern of quartz are uniform, unlike real stone, and this is a huge benefit for complicated projects or for commercial use. In hotel we using the same fabric or wallpaper in hundreds of room when we making a new hotel. The consistent look achieved with Quartz shines through from room to room.

Practical Use: Over 1500 guest rooms at the Marriott Downtown have Mykonos quartz bathroom countertops. Quartz was chosen by the project managers intentionally for the ability to match the exact pattern and color in every room for consistency, a preference with the luxury hotel brand.

Stone Surfaces PMC2335-Slab
Stone Surfaces PMC2335-Slab

Durability and Maintenance

Durability -- While it is true that quartz is extremely durable (thanks to the resins and other materials that help bind all of those little particles together), all countertops can be scratched, stained, or damaged, but quartz is one of the strongest, even when it comes to high wear and tear areas like kitchens. Quartz is also virtually maintenance-free, unlike other countertop choices, such as marble and granite, which require annual sealing.

Example, backed by data: In a study by Materials Today, Quartz surfaces retained more than 90% of their initial surface integrity even after subjected to high-velocity impact tests providing better resistance to Granite (up to 30% more resistant). Quartz is a popular material for airport lounges and busy bars in restaurants.

Sustainability

Environment-friendly: The most important reason stems from the fact that modern quartz manufacturing practices are sustainable, use recycled materials and are based on environment-friendly approach. This is a notable problem in some natural stones, due to the emission of radon, which is not released by quartz.

One of the largest quartz producers has promised to produce no waste during its production process, by recycling all excess water and raw materials. This will prove that quartz will always be an environmentally friendly countertop option for health and wellness for the earth-friendly. You may already know that the production of this quartz countertop is done by a machine manufacturer that runs on 100% renewable wind energy.

Market Preference and Growth

The market trend is turning towards quartz and away from natural stone. The 2022 "Global Stone Market" report notes that, due to its inherent properties and because consumers are increasingly preferring care-free and long-life surfaces, quartz has enjoyed a CAGR of 7% over the past five years.

Stone Surfaces PMC1887-Slab
Stone Surfaces PMC1887-Slab

No Need For Periodic Sealing

Perhaps the most widely recognized benefit of quartz vs. natural stone applications of these materials is they do not need to be sealed every one to three years. Since granite and marble are natural stones, they are porous, and these pores can absorb liquids and hence, stains, if left unprotected for long periods and if used in a kitchen or a washroom. Usually, they are sealed once a year. This said, quartz is manufactured to be non-porous so it is naturally resistant to staining without the need to be sealed.

Durability in action: When quartz surfaces are considered for use in a bustling commercial kitchen such as a busy restaurant or hotel prep area, then it comes back to ease of maintenance. Quartz countertops are ideal for these uses since they are incredibly hard, resistant to leaks from items like oils, wine, and citrus, and do not suffer from the scouring that can happen with unsealed natural stone.

Data point: A 2021 survey of kitchen designers by the National Kitchen and Bath Association said that 68% of respondents recommended quartz due to its low maintenance properties (since it doesn't need to be sealed), which translates to fewer long-term care costs and efforts compared to natural stone.

Superior Stain Resistance

Because its surface is non-porous, quartz does not have to be sealed, so it performs as well on the staining test as solid surface. This resistivity to stain is crucial in places where regular spills are very likely - particularly bathrooms and kitchens.

The finest Customer journal this site has for a long time has done a side by side of leading brands and quartz did better than both granite and marble as far as stains from common household substances like coffee, beet juice and red wine. In the study, while some natural stone surfaces exhibited severe staining, quartz surfaces could be easily cleaned with mild soap and water and were free from signs of staining.

Enhanced Hygiene

Quartz is a non-porous material which also helps with the soil resistance of the surface and keeps your counters more hygienic. Because quartz is non-porous, it cannot host bacteria, mold, and mildew as natural stone options can ( e.g. granite and marble ).

Greater Crack Resistance

Crack resistance: Demonstrating superior crack resistance compared to natural stone makes it ideal for areas susceptible to temperature changes and/or high usage. This strength is due to the make-up of the engineered quartz; it is an amalgamation of quartz crystals, resin binders, and other protective materials that gives way to both flexibility and durability.

A sprawling shopping mall in New York decided on quartz flooring for a good chunk of its high-traffic areas in a real-life instance. And based on the amount of foot traffic / the way that the temperature changes with the seasons /and everything else that could beat the heck out of natural stone and stress it into cracking- the quartz flooring looked every-bit as new as it was when they put in here 5 years ago.

Quantitative 4117 - by ASTM International,showing quartz has greater flexural strength than granite with flexural strength of 58.7 MPa (Megapascals) for quartz compared to 14.8 MPa for granite. That means flexural stiffness is larger showing higher resistance to bending resulting in lower pressure cracking potential.

High-impact Environment Tolerance

Because of its hardness and the strength of its structure, quartz is highly resistant to cracking; it can also withstand high-impact environments. This makes it a perfect solution for places where the surfaces face a lot of mechanical forces.

In high-traffic airport terminals, where luggage carts and heavy footfall are common-place, quartz countertops at the check-in counters provide a hardy and resilient surface. For the remodeling of its main terminal counters, the Los Angeles International Airport said it chose quartz, which is less likely to develop cracks than some other surfaces and has long-lasting appeal.

Why here: The fact that quartz was chosen for use in these environments speaks magnitudes about the amount of confidence facility managers have that it will not only perform in these high-stress locations but hold up well under those tough conditions as well.

Long outdoor Life

Quartz is more resilient to damage from the environmental factors which natural stone is often pressed against, primarily things like weather and thermal shock. That makes it ideal for outdoor kitchens and patio areas.

Application: An outdoor kitchen with quartz countertops in a Colorado home In contrast to the severe temperature variations that regions throughout four seasons, the quartz surfaces have no cracks or deterioration, demonstrating their resilience on external applications.

Lower Absorption of Liquids and Stains

Because of its engineered properties, quartz is much less absorbent than natural marbles and limestones. The why of this natural resistance is very simple: quartz is not porous, so liquids can not penetrate through the surface making it impervious to stains with no special care to clean up.

Quartz Countertops: When coffee, tea, fruit juices, - and thousands of customers - stain your quartz only a few times per year. And after more than a year in use, I have seen no staining in high-use areas or where spills have been wiped up despite not being sealed.

Quartz shows quantitative support: unnamed studies quote an absorption rate of under 0.5%, greater than granite's 0.7% to 0.4%, and much less than marble, which has an absorption as high as 2%. This is particularly important in areas where hygiene and so cleanliness are taken very seriously.

Improved Long-Term Appearance

Quartz has a low absorption rate, which means that it is quite stain resistant as well as helps maintain the material's luster for years to come. This is critical to aesthetic areas, which form part of bigger design.

Application Of Real Life: When oils and lotions are used frequently, quartz is typically preferred for treatment rooms at luxury spas. The low absorption feature that is inherent in these materials also means that they do not spoil the smooth and easily maintained appearance of the spa village environment.

Impression: The clean look and long lasting use of quartz make it perfect for those businesses for whom a low maintenance and visual appeal are of extreme importance.

Food Preparation Areas with Greater Practical Functionality

Since Quartz does not absorb liquids like other natural stone products do, is a perfect material for on or near food preparation areas. Its non-porous surface will not grow bacteria or mold like many other more porous materials.

A culinary school in San Francisco is a heavy user of quartz countertops in its teaching kitchens The non-porous surface of the U build board prevents the growth of bacteria since there are no crevices where they can hide as well as making it easily cleaned of spills with just a wash.

Flexibility in Custom Fabrication

Quartz is available in more custom fabrication options than materials like granite and marble providing a comparative cost advantage for designers and architects who require specific shapes, sizes, and detailed requirements are needed that natural stones may not be able to accommodate without expensive and wasteful methods.

A custom-fabricated quartz was used for a series of complex, curvilinear kitchen islands and bathroom vanities in an upscale residential project in Miami. Being able to readily cut and form the quartz for fabrication was essential to realizing these visionary designs without extensive loss of material.

Technical insight: This process uses computer-aided design (CAD) systems and water jet cutting technology for precision that is challenging to accomplish with harder, more brittle materials like granite.

Flexible Installation for Complicated Sites

Quartz is also being used for more complex architectural elements beyond standardized flat surfaces including curved walls, intricate backsplashes and even furniture components as the resourcefulness of stone comes to life.

On the ground: In the lobby of a boutique hotel in Austin, quartz provides a bold reception desk that flaunts a layered, highly texturized geometric pattern. This was only possible because quartz can be engineered to strict dimensions without changing the design of the countertop itself.

Quartz Surfaces PMC1908
Quartz Surfaces PMC1908

Highlight: An example of how quartz can push the barriers of conventional interior design using modern manufacturing methods.

A Consistent Style Across the Pieces

If a uniform design is needed on various elements or installations of a project, quartz looks great, too. Natural engineered allows for every piece to be made to look the same exact way, while it is often not possible with natural stone due to the wide range of colours and designs found throughout.

A New York commercial office space uses quartz for custom conference rooms across various floors in the building. It was crucial that the same relationship throughout all 30+ conference rooms maintained the immaculate standard put forth with this design.

About Panmin

PANMIN is an innovative manufacturer of artificial quartz slabs. PANMINQUARTZ® is man-made quartz surfaces from PANMIN, which can be applied in residential and commercial interior decoration including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and office table. 

Currently, we have three factories, two in China and one in Cambodia to provide sufficient services to our customers.

For more information about PANMIN, please refer to our contact page and we should get back to you ASAP.

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