Over the last few years, Cambria has emerged as one of the top brands of quartz in the world. You may have seen it advertised at Costco stores or on display at luxury showrooms, and there’s also a chance you may have seen it mentioned in the MLS description of a real estate property listed for sale. Cambria is sometimes referred to as the only American brand of quartz, but this isn’t entirely accurate. Aside from fabricating gorgeous quartz slabs of great quality, Cambria is also known for its peculiar corporate history. Here’s everything you need to know about Cambria quartz.
An American Success Story
The Davis family of Minnesota has a dairy background that started with a small farm and developed into Davisco Foods, a cheese giant that supplies major clients such as Kraft. The company’s interest in engineered stone would come later, and the brand name reflects the Welsh heritage of the Davis family since Cambria is an ancient name for Wales. It’s for this reason you can find quartz colors and patterns with names such as Cardiff Cream. Being the first American company to produce quartz in the United States inspired Cambria to contract Cheryl Tiegs, a Minnesota native often described as the first American supermodel, to become brand ambassador. The company would later acquire Sun Country Airlines, based in Minneapolis.
Cambria Quartz Quality
The engineered stone fabricated by Cambria features a high content of silicon dioxide, more commonly known as quartz, largely extracted from granite. Unlike cheap quartz imports flooding the market these days, homeowners can trust that their Cambria slabs are at least 93 percent mineral quartz and not a jumble of discarded ceramics and stone remnants. When you choose Cambria, you’re getting more quartz than what you would get with granite.
Unlike granite, marble, and other types of natural stone chosen for countertops, Cambria isn’t porous and doesn’t require sealing. A Cambria cleaner such as Granite Gold Quartz Brite® is all you’ll need to keep your surfaces looking pristine for years to come.
Cambria as a Flooring Material
Many of the gorgeous floor sections of the CBS Building in New York City have been remodeled with Cambria tiles, and the same goes for Budweiser Gardens in Toronto. Cambria quartz is perfect for floors, but it can run a bit expensive to cover larger areas and is thus not as common as countertops.
Cambria Colors and Patterns
The Cambria quartz catalog is extensive and distinctive. Unlike competing brands, Cambria isn’t afraid to fabricate bold patterns clearly inspired by nature but with a striking look. Within the company’s luxury series, you can find designs such as the Clairidge, which looks as if a block of limestone is imitating of the stripes of a tiger. If you’re looking for something more traditional, the Winterbourne collection resembles creamy marble with slight veining.
Though caring for quartz is not too dissimilar from caring for natural stone such as granite, marble, and slate, there are a few differences. If you’d like to learn how to clean granite countertops, reach out to Granite Gold® today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).
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