Natural quartz, also known as engineered stone, is the fastest-growing countertop material on the market. Natural quartz countertops are 93% mined quartz crystals, giving them a natural depth and radiance without imperfections, cracks or irregularities. And they’re as practical as they are beautiful. One of the hardest minerals found in nature, the quartz crystals are combined with technologically advanced polymers and pigments, resulting in a luxurious, smooth, high-gloss material that doesn’t require sealing or polishing to maintain its luster. It’s incredibly durable, resists stains, heat and scratches, and is virtually maintenance-free.
Natural quartz countertops resemble the natural granite look they emulate because they consist of common materials combined by similar means:
- Granite is a mix of one-half to two-thirds quartz and other minerals (feldspar, mica, and iron ores) along with a binder, solidified naturally under tremendous pressure and heat deep in the earth.
- Engineered stone is formed synthetically by a patented, hi-tech process that compresses and compacts crushed particles of quartz with polymers.
A key difference between natural granite and engineered stone is the array of available colors. The production of stunning, vibrant colors not found in nature is possible through the mixing of pigments in engineered stone.
Duracite® features natural quartz from two of the leading brands in the market, Dupont™ Zodiac® and HanStone™.
- Strength and durability
- Maintenance-free – no sealing required
- Range and consistency of colors
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