Quartz Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A. Quartz is a mineral found in the earth’s continental crust, and is one of the most abundant and strongest materials on the planet. Quartz is a manufactured surface that is made by mixing ground natural quartz with polymer resins. The result is a quartz material that looks natural. The benefit of this is that the engineering process provides the consumer with more customization in regards to colour and style specifications.
A. Since quartz is man-made, virtually any colour is possible. Available colours at Rock With Us range from neutrals like white, creams, browns and greys to bright reds and greens. And, metallic flecks and glass can be added during the manufacturing process for added dimension and design. Regardless, quartz will complement any preexisting décor theme you may have.
A. For 2cm stone, we recommend supports with overhangs that are 10” or greater.
A. It is typically safe to have pieces that are approximately 8-10’ long, depending on the stone type and bowl/cook top configurations.
A. The average slab size is typically 100-120” long by 60-70” tall. The Rock With Us team will work with you to place few seams as possible in your kitchen counters. However, seams are required based on slab size and may be needed to maintain the structural integrity of the countertop.
A. Rock With Us will try to make the seam as invisible as possible. You will see a fine hairline of 1/16-1/8” width and we will fill it with a matching colour epoxy.
A. Like any countertop surface, quartz can be damaged with extreme wear and tear. However, since quartz is non-porous, it is easy to keep the stone free from bacteria and water damage. In the event that your quartz is chipped or damaged, the stone experts at Rock With Us will be able to repair the damage, in most cases.
A. No, it is not necessary to seal quartz as you would other stones.
A. Quartz is a very durable material and staining is unlikely. However as a precaution, wipe up any spills in order to avoid any damage to the countertop.
A. Quartz is one of the toughest materials on the market. It is non-porous, and prevents water, bacteria, and mildew from seeping into the stone. It does not require sealing or maintenance, and it is also scratch and stain resistant.
A. The great thing about quartz is that it requires very minimal maintenance. Simply wipe up any spills and wash it down with soap and water. Using nonabrasive and non-bleach cleaners is recommended to maintain the stone’s shine and radiance.
A. Quartz is strong and durable, but it is not recommended that hot pots and pans be placed directly onto quartz surfaces. Quartz can be affected by extreme heat, so it is best if you use cutting boards and hot pads in order to protect your stone.
A. Yes. This is the most important stage of the project. There are often details that we need to ask or you may want to add, and this is the time to change anything you wish to ensure you get everything you desire.
A. Yes, we can add inches to counters. We can make any shape you want.
A. Yes. When you come to our Hamilton location, you can select your stone from our extensive showroom samples.
A. The samples seen on the Rock With Us site have been scanned as digital images for the website. While these are high quality resolutions, they will never capture the exact nature of the real thing. Although one of our strengths is the consistency of our product, you should expect some variation. These slight variations in colour, pattern, and granularity give quartz its unique nature.
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