Where quartz worktops come from and how they go from Quarry to kitchen
Quartz is an engineered stone, this doesn’t mean that it’s synthetic this is a common misconception people have, Quartz worktops are manmade, but they are not synthetic, the primary material used is naturally-occurring quartzite. Quartzite itself is mined from igneous and metamorphic rocks and it is one of the most abundant minerals in the earth’s crust.
Our High-quality quartz worktops are 95-97 per cent quartz, They are not 100 per cent quartz as quartz is near-colourless and a quartz worktop needs colour so additional materials are added. These are the ‘bonding agents’ or ‘colouring agents’ which make up the 3-4% of the worktop.
The quartz is mined in the same way as granite by blasting and chiselling and then sorted. It is stripped from any stone it is embedded within before being sent onto a processing plant. This is where it’s ground down, depending on which desired to finish it can be as fine as sand or sometimes the size of gravel. With the quartz ground down, the manufacturer will then add the other materials to it. As previously mentioned, this will typically be 3-4% per cent of the quartz amount.
The quartz and bonding agents are then pressed with huge force to fuse them together. This material is then super-heated to form the slab.
Quartz doesn’t normally require any polishing since it has a natural shine, but there are times we will polish or buff to create the optimum shine especially onsite just to give you that extra glimmer to your surface so you have the best possible finish. Please give us a call if your interested in a quartz worktop for your kitchen or project and we would gladly guide you through the process and help you decide on what suits you best