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Cindi Vincent

What brand quartz do you recommend?

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I absolutely love the quartzite in my kitchen. The color is Sea Pearl. It's been down 5 years and I've never sealed it. No stains, no etching, no chips. Looks as good as the day it was installed. I have a feeling that those who are having issues with staining and etching on quartzite may have been told they had quartzite but actually have marble instead.

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@Cindi Vincent: No matter what brand you choose, quality is of upmost importance. So make sure you research out the various products of what ever brands you choose. Remember there are different grades of engineered quartz, so that information should be supplied. Also check percentage of stone material vs dyes, polymers and resins. That will also make a difference in quality. Once you select your favorites, then compare prices. Generally cheap prices like around $50 sq ft mean cheaper materials and less stone content (durability, breakage, heat resistance etc). Generally higher quality quartz cost more than lower grades. If a company doesn't provide information for you, then go elsewhere.

That said, here are some very popular quartz brands you can research for your needs.

Silestone, Caesarstone, Zodiaq, Viatera, Cambria, Santa Margherita, Okite,Corian, Hanstone, Pental and MS International Q. There are others, but these will get you started. Do remember, each brand also has different series of grades and usages of specified materials. Start with top of the line then you can compare with lower priced lines and quality. Never buy something you can't see, so make sure you take a good look at the full slabs. Also be aware of quality of quarts manufactured in certain asian countries which I won't name but are well known to be problematic. However, there are some companies that do deliver quality quartz even from problematic countries.


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