What is Quartz?

Quartz, a symphony of nature and engineering, is a composite material emanating from the harmonisation of natural quartz crystals with modern-day resins. Embodying both nature’s beauty and human precision, it’s a testament to the possibilities of collaboration between the natural world and human innovation. At FM Marble, our quest for perfection has led us to embrace quartz, heralded for its consistent patterns and unmatched durability. Each slab in our collection epitomises a blend of nature’s legacy and the pinnacle of human craftsmanship.

Venturing into the realm of quartz with FM Marble means engaging with a material that carries the resilience of one of Earth’s hardest minerals while flaunting a design versatility that satisfies diverse aesthetic preferences. Our quartz collection captures an array of hues and patterns, each slab echoing a tale of geological wonders melded with human ingenuity. When you choose quartz through FM Marble, you’re not merely opting for a countertop or surface; you’re embracing a harmonised narrative of nature and technology, crafted to perfection for those who seek nothing but the best.

The Science Behind Engineered Stone: Decoding Quartz

Quartz, as many know it today, is not just a product of nature but also of advanced engineering. This marvel of construction, termed ‘engineered stone’, draws its core essence from an orchestrated process. The foundation is laid with particles sourced from diverse origins – the purity of naturally occurring quartzite, the translucent allure of silica, the shimmer of man-made glass, and the reflective splendour of mirror particles. These elements, sometimes even inclusive of sustainable recycled materials, are unified in a symphonic blend with a polymer resin. This resin, constituting a mere 7-8% of the composition, plays a pivotal role. It grants the composite its hallmark features: an impressive hardness that rivals many natural stones, a non-porosity that ensures longevity and easier maintenance, and a tensile strength that is often underestimated. FM Marble recognises the technology at the heart of this – notably, the precision-driven Breton machines. They meticulously engineer each slab, ensuring that what our customers receive isn’t just a countertop but a testament to a synthesis of nature and innovation.

Diversity in Design: The Aesthetic Spectrum of Quartz

Quartz comes in many beautiful designs, thanks to human creativity. Engineered quartz offers countless design options. Some are simple and pure, with various colours. Others have shiny specks that look like stars in the sky. The world of quartz keeps growing, with new technology and styles. Today, you can find quartz in bold colours and designs that look like natural marble or granite. At FM Marble, we have a collection that offers something for everyone’s taste. From quartz worktops to splashbacks or bathroom surrounds, quartz can transform the look of any room.

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Navigating the Quartz Landscape

When it comes to quartz countertops, there are many brands to choose from, each with its own unique style and quality. Some focus on making quartz that looks like natural stone, while others get creative with out-there textures and patterns. At FM Marble, we work closely with these brands to offer a selection that meets the different tastes of our customers. Whether you like modern or traditional, bold or simple designs, our collection has something for everyone.

Safety and Sustainability: Beyond Aesthetics

In the captivating world of quartz, aesthetics and design are undeniably paramount. However, at FM Marble, we believe that true beauty also lies in responsibility and sustainability. The production of quartz, while marvellously innovative, has raised concerns, especially regarding the dust that emerges in the fabrication process. We are unequivocally committed to upholding the highest safety standards, ensuring that every slab and worktop that we craft is not just beautiful but also produced in an environment that values the well-being of our artisans. Sustainability, too, finds a voice in the world of quartz. Many variants are now crafted using recycled materials, nodding towards a future where luxury and eco-consciousness coexist. With FM Marble, choosing quartz is not just an aesthetic decision; it’s an ethical, informed, and sustainable one.

FAQs

Engineered stone, often referred to as quartz in the context of countertops, is a man-made product crafted by combining natural quartz particles with a small percentage of polymer resin. This blend results in a hard, non-porous surface. While natural stone, like granite or marble, is extracted directly from the earth and polished for use, engineered stone is fabricated using both natural and synthetic components to achieve a combination of durability and aesthetic variety.
Quartz countertops offer a range of benefits. They are non-porous, making them resistant to stains and eliminating the need for periodic sealing, unlike some natural stones. Additionally, due to the engineering process, quartz countertops can be designed in a myriad of colours and patterns, some of which can mimic natural stones or provide entirely unique aesthetics. Moreover, quartz offers excellent durability and tensile strength, often exceeding that of many natural stones.
Each brand offers its unique design palette and quality attributes. At FM Marble, we have curated a range from renowned brands, ensuring diversity in design and consistent quality. When choosing, consider the aesthetic you desire, your budget, and specific features like stain resistance or pattern consistency. Consulting with our experts can also provide tailored recommendations based on your requirements.
The production of quartz countertops involves the release of dust, which has raised some health concerns. However, at FM Marble, we ensure that the fabrication process adheres to stringent safety standards, protecting both our artisans and the environment. Additionally, many quartz variants now incorporate recycled materials, emphasising a commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness.
Quartz countertops are relatively low-maintenance compared to many natural stone options. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient to keep them looking pristine. They are resistant to stains, but it’s always a good practice to wipe up spills promptly. Avoid using abrasive pads or harsh chemicals, as they can dull the surface. With basic care, your quartz countertop will retain its beauty for years to come.