What Is Quartz?
Quartz slabs are 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. At Intrepid Granite and Marble in Portland, OR, we carry a variety of gorgeous quartz slabs for you to choose from.
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, manufacturers add different pigments to create different 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 countertop.
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 over [yearssince year=”1993”] we have strived to provide our Oregon residents with the highest quality materials.
Best Choice for Quartz in Portland
Being Oregon’s largest city has its benefits; there is always so much to do and see in Portland. And because it is a melting pot of different people and cultures, you’re guaranteed to find everything that you’re looking for in this city.
Including natural stone, tile, and slab. Intrepid Marble and Granite supply Portland residents with the most exceptional materials imported from the highest quality quarries and manufacturers. Visit our 30,000 sq ft. showroom that showcases all of our inventory and finds the perfect product for you!