What Is Quartz?
Quartz is a man-made material. By combining natural resources and modern technology, makers of quartz slabs are able to create beautiful, durable products that evoke the look and feel of natural stone. To make quartz, natural minerals are mined from the Earth, ground up, mixed with resin, and combined with a variety of pigments – slabs created in this way contain about 93% natural quartz and 7% resin.
Mixing natural minerals with resin creates an incredibly strong, nearly impenetrable material. These non-porous products create an easy to clean and low-maintenance countertop. This means that you don’t have to worry about staining your counters and you won’t have to re-seal them every year. But that does not mean that quartz slabs are invincible – because of their resinous composition, quartz slabs cannot handle intense heat. Setting your hot pots and pans directly on your quartz countertops will harm the surface, causing it to burn or even melt. These slabs are also not suitable for outdoors.
When quartz slabs are made, the manufacturers add different pigments to create colors and designs. The advantage of this is that they can mimic the look of natural stones, including marble and granite. Typically, these slabs are colored to be grey or white but the color combinations are endless; if you want a fiery red or cobalt blue that can happen. Homeowners love quartz because of its pattern consistency; with natural stone, there is only so much control you can have over the veining and patterns that appear because it is cut straight from the Earth. But with quartz countertops, you will have a predictable, even surface.
Quartz countertops have been taking over the market recently and it’s no wonder – they’re versatile, cost-effective and beautiful! Intrepid Granite and Marble has a huge selection available in our 30,000 sqft. showroom! Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you through the process and assist you in any way you need. For many years we have strived to provide our Oregon residents with the highest quality materials.
Lake Oswego’s Quartz Supplier
Lake Oswego is a small, prosperous suburb of Portland, Oregon. Many resident’s homes reside along the edge of the cherished 420-acre Oswego Lake. This thriving community has much to offer and maintains an air of affluence throughout the neighborhoods, holding a higher standard for goods and services.
And so do we. At Intrepid Marble and Granite we only import the highest quality natural stone, tile, and slab, providing our Lake Oswego residents with the best products available. Our 30,000 sq ft. showroom proudly displays all the beautiful materials that we have. Visit us today and find the perfect stone, tile or slab for you!