For many decades, engineered stone wasn’t associated with branding. It was mostly called quartz because that was the name originally given to the construction material patented by the Italian company known as Breton. In the 20th century, quartz was almost exclusively installed in commercial establishments and public structures. It wasn’t until around 2001 that engineered stone entered American homes.
Now that quartz has taken over granite as the material of choice for bathroom and kitchen countertops, homeowners have various brands to choose from. Here are the top brands of quartz tiles and slabs being installed today.
At the same time Breton was patenting quartz in Europe, chemical giant DuPont was introducing Corian, a synthetic construction material made of advanced polymers and bauxite ore. The fabrication process of Corian is similar to quartz, which may explain why DuPont acquired the Zodiaq brand and renamed it Corian Quartz a few years ago. Corian Quartz is known for its durability.
This brand is part of the Kraft-Heinz conglomerate, and it started doing business at a time when all quartz in the United States was still being imported. Cambria’s initial marketing campaign focused on the convenience of quartz as a surface that looks like granite or marble but doesn’t require resealing. However, maintenance for all brands listed herein requires regular cleaning with a quartz cleaner and polish.
Similar to Corian Quartz, Daltile was already fabricating construction materials when it decided to add quartz to its product catalog. The Daltile ONE quartz line has an interesting line of pearl-toned tiles and slabs that offer a distinctive look.
This Israeli brand takes pride in offering quartz that looks remarkably natural. Polished white Caesarstone with a high quartz content can look just like marble. A unique aspect of this brand is that it isn’t afraid to create interesting products. For example, some of its quartz surfaces contain crushed agate stone, and the resulting look resembles amethyst.
This South Korean company is owned by the LG electronics conglomerate, and it offers a futuristic solid surface product that looks just like the casing of designer smartphones. LG Viatera also has a couple of quartz styles that look like natural stone, but their most popular surfaces are highly polished white slabs for kitchen counters.
This Spanish quartz fabricator is known for its wide range of unusual colors and its extended warranty. Silestone is headquartered in Almería, a region known for its production of fancy ceramics. This brand is often recommended to homeowners who want a honed finish with large pores that resembles volcanic limestone. This look is ideal for the rustic style of interior decoration.
Whether you’re interested in quartz countertops or those made out of natural-stone options such as granite, marble, or slate, Granite Gold® can offer you plenty of tips on how to properly care for your counters. Granite care is somewhat similar to caring for quartz, with the distinct difference that it does need to be sealed. To learn more about caring for natural stone and quartz, give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).