Is composite marble better than granite, if yes, why and how?
Composite quartz is the best option because it is scratch resistant (hardness on Mohs scale is 6-7) and stain resistant (it is a dense material); comes in a variety of colours and designs (we carry over 50); it comes in large formats, so larger joint free surfaces are possible. Most importantly, light colored granites are porous and there are no plain light colored granites, so quartz fits in perfectly for designers who want to play with lighter colors.
Can we re-polish composite quartz?
Yes. This features enables us to use composite quartz on kitchen counter tops where the edges need to be beveled, molded and re-polished.
What is composite quartz made of?
Composite Quartz is 88-92% Quartzite (a naturally occurring mineral) and 8-12% resin + pigments + other chemicals.
How is composite quartz made?
Quartzite, bleached granules of a particular mesh are mixed with resins, pigments and other chemicals, cast into slabs that placed in an oven to dry off before passing through an automatic line polisher for thickness calibration, sizing and polishing
In what thicknesses is composite quartz available?
15, 20 and 30mm.
What are the dos and don’ts that one should follow for Composite Marble use and maintenance?
Here are a few tips to follow:
- Never use POP (Plaster of Paris).
- Use a high speed cutting machine with a good quality cutting blade
- Use good quantity of water during cutting
- Remove the plastic covering before installation or cutting, the covering is only for protection during transit.
- Preferably use adhesives instead of conventional cement mortar.
- Leave an expansion gap of 5-8 mm underneath the skirting or away from RCC pillars beams or brick walls to counter the structural movement and thermal expansion.
- Leave an expansion gap of 8-10mm every 5 meters wherever the expanse is large.
- Don’t fill the joints immediately, wait for the bed to dry and fill the gap with a high quality resin.
- The pigments are not UV protected, so exposure to direct sunlight can fade the surfaces.
- To clean the composite surface use lukewarm water or some good quality stone cleaner. DO NOT use phenyl or Harpic kind of cleaner, it will stain the surface permanently.
Can we get textures on composite quartz?
Yes. Sand blasting, Shot Blasting, Leather, Honed and all kinds of CNC or Water Jet finishes can be done on composite marble. But, remember any texturing makes the surface porous and one must use a high quality sealant to keep the surface stain resistant.
Can we do inlay work on composite quartz?
Where can we use composite quartz?
Composite Quartz can be used on kitchen counter tops, vanity tops, high traffic floors, wall cladding, anywhere but interiors only.
If Quartz gets stained, can the stain be removed?
Yes, it can be. As you know, composite quartz is stain resistant, which means a string alkali or acid can stain it. Don’t worry, let us know, we will arrange for a restoration team to help remove the stains. Since this stain removal service is out-sourced, there will be a charge which will be ascertained only after inspection.
Do the sparkles in composite quartz come out after a while or use?
A. No, the bonding is done with a very strong resin and the sparkles don’t come out.
Can we mend cracks in composite quartz?
A. Not like CORIAN®. Composite quartz should be seen as a highly improved version of granite. So, like granite it cannot be glued together or fixed. However, the crack can be filled up and surface re-polished. This is done by stone restoration companies, we can assist you with the information. They will charge and estimate can be given only after inspection at site.