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What is composite quartz made of?
Composite quartz is 90-96% Quartzite (a naturally occurring mineral) and 6-10% resin + pigments and a few other chemicals.
How is composite quartz made?
Composite Quartz is mixture is cast into slabs The slabs are then put into an automated line polisher for sizing and polishing.
Why should I use Composite Quartz instead of natural granite?
Composite quartz is more dense and hence stain resistant. It is harder (6 – 7 Mhos in EN101 standard)) thus scratch resistant. It comes in standard sizes (3470 mm x 1920 mm or 3150 mm x 1450 mm or 3470 mm x 640 mm or 3470 mm x 1280 mm)) no trimming etc. is required which in turn means less wastage and less cost; also, composite quartz is man-made, hence devoid of any cracks or irregularities, it requires no resin filling, is consistent and requires less maintenance than natural marble. Light colored granites are very porous while porosity of composite quartz is lower (water absorption is ≤ 0.02% by EN99 standards. Composite quartz is good for floors as well, the abrasion resistance is quite high compared to natural marble or granite (98 – 160 mm3 by EN102 standard)
In what thicknesses is composite quartz available?
Normally in 15 or 20 mm. But, customized thickness can be supplied depending on the size of order. Please check with us beforehand.
What precautions should one take for installation and maintenance of composite quartz?
Here are a few tips to follow:
- Never use POP (Plaster of Paris).
- Use a high speed cutting machine with a good quality cutting blade
- Use good quantity of water during cutting
- Remove the plastic covering before installation or cutting, the covering is only for protection during transit.
- Preferably use adhesives instead of conventional cement mortar.
- Leave a gap of 5-8 mm underneath the skirting to counter any structural movement and thermal expansion.
- It is mandatory to leave an expansion gap of 8-10mm every 5 meters wherever the expanse is large.
- The joints should not be filled immediately. Wait for the bed to dry and then fill up the gap with a high quality resin.
- To clean the composite surface use lukewarm water or some good quality stone cleaner. DO NOT use phenyl or Harpic kind of cleaner, it will stain the surface permanently.
Can we get textures on composite quartz?
Yes. Sand blasting, Shot Blasting, Lupato, Leather and all kinds of CNC or Water Jet finishes can be done on composite marble. Inlay work is not possible on composite quartz.
Where all can we use composite quartz? Is it advisable to use composite quartz on facades and exteriors?
Light colored composites can be used anywhere, interior or exteriors. Dark composite marble should be used only in interiors. If one opts for textured composite marble on facades, exteriors or interiors, it must be sealed first. We recommend composite quartz on kitchen counter tops.
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