The Earth is full of many different minerals including quartz, which is the second most common and hardest mineral. Manufacturers saw its potential for a surface material more than 50 years ago.
The inventor, Marcello Toncelli developed an engineering process to create quartz slabs combining raw quartz crystals and polymer resins in 1963. Manufacturing quartz could be controlled to produce a variety of products, from fine to course grained, with varying color depending upon the pigments added during the process and varying sparkle. This was absolutely innovative and at the time practically unexplored, so the usage of quartz countertops quickly became popular in Italy and have been featured in European kitchens for many years. In the ‘90s, American consumers realized the significant benefits of quartz countertops, so the quartz boom started and continues to this day.
As a manmade material, quartz countertops have different benefits:
- Consistent, uniform appearance.
- Wide variety of colors.
- Exceptionally hard and durable.
- Very low porosity which limits bacterial growth.
- Heat resistant.
- No need for re-sealing.
- Low maintenance.
It’s proven that quartz has a fascinating history and will be a good option for your project. Are you ready to take your countertops to the next level?