Using Cambria Quartz in a Kitchen or Bath Remodel

The Kitchen Master | April 17, 2016

If there’s such a thing as a perfect material for kitchen and bath surfaces, Cambria Quartz may just be it. Stronger and even more durable and natural than granite, available in a range of 120 colors and patterns, this product is easy to care for, never needs sealing or polishing, is safe for all food products, and never emits toxic fumes or gases. It is also green, making it a stylish choice for homeowners looking to incorporate a sleek color while protecting our natural resources.

The quartz used in this kind of counter is primarily mined in North America and made in Minnesota. The company is committed to sustainable practices, even recycling the water used in its fabrication, and sending scrap pieces to be used as sturdy road base in local construction projects.

A Quick Lesson in Quartz

Quartz is the second most abundant material in the earth’s crust, and it is also a component of many natural stone products, including granite. There are many types of quartz, and its crystalline structure also makes it popular for jewelry. Some forms of quartz are considered semi-precious stones, notably amethyst, citrine, onyx, agate and tiger’s eye.

In the case of countertops, slabs and stone tile, it is quartz that lends strength and character. Granite often has as little as 40 to 60 percent quartz content, but manufactured Cambria Quartz is typically 93 percent pure quartz.

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How to Use it in Your Home

  • Slabs: Because of its strength and beauty, Cambria quartz can be shaped into countertops of any size without compromising its performance or durability. It is fabricated especially for each project, and size limitations are less stringent than for natural stone, which must be cut from quarried slabs of material. Unusual edge treatments and substantial overhangs are not a problem with Cambria.
  • Details: Add vertical slabs if you wish, or thin overlays. It is not only possible, but easy to fabricate stunning islands, vanities, shower enclosures, bathroom dividers or other forms, even dining room tables, totally out of Cambria Quartz.
  • Variety: Unusual patterns and vibrant colors allow you to create unique artistic expressions, including pattern inlays and even tile-like backsplashes. Mix and match as you like. Mimic the look of nature, or go modern with graphic combinations. Cambria Quartz can even be color-matched to a favorite paint color.

Planning Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Among the many benefits of Cambria is that it takes only soap and water to clean it. Because it is non-porous and will not absorb liquids, it resists staining by foods or cosmetics, and it never needs sealing. It will handle low heat, and very difficult to damage by scratches or heavy objects.

The professional kitchen and bath designers at The Kitchen Master would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of using Cambria quartz or other brands in any upcoming remodel project that you may have planned. We will help you weigh the advantages of this technologically advanced option against more familiar materials, including laminates, natural stone, tile and even butcher block. The choice is up to you, and we can help you balance your dreams and your budget so that your dreams become reality.

Our Naperville showroom is a perfect place to explore ideas. Why not schedule an appointment with one of our consultants? Let’s work together to create a jewel-like kitchen or bath.

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