Engineered quartz slabs, manmade rather than quarried from a mine, have become a popular stone countertop option due to their easy care, stain resistance, and lasting durability. Available in nearly every color imaginable, including patterns mimicking natural stone, the stone is increasingly popping up in new applications, among them, flooring.
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Why use Quartz Slabs for Flooring?
From countertop to underfoot, quartz flooring offers unique benefits:
Manmade, engineered quartz is available in nearly limitless colors, including easy-care, natural stone doppelgangers.
With a hardness rating of 7 (diamonds are a 10), quartz is tough and scratch-resistant, making it an ideal fit for hard use surfaces such as flooring and walls.
Non-porous and no-fuss, quartz is easy to care for, requiring no sealing, buffing, or reconditioning as part of regular maintenance, as with other natural stones. Properly maintained, the nonporous surface of quartz is resistant to stains, mold and mildew. With solid grouting, it can be pressure washed at up to 1,450 psi.
Quartz flooring becomes less slippery than other stones when damp, making it ideal for entryway and bathroom floors.
Quartz Flooring Limitations
Though tough, quartz slabs are not invincible. High impacts may damage the surface of the stone, however professional repair can make marks quickly disappear. In addition, the polymers used in the construction of quartz makes it incompatible with outdoor use. Direct sunlight can cause fading/warping over time, and sudden changes in temperature can be detrimental to the stone’s durability.
Quartz Flooring Maintenance
Though quartz maintenance is minimal, proper care ensures lasting beauty:
Clean your quartz floors occasionally, using only dish soap or mild and pH neutral cleaners to avoid damage. Avoid abrasive scrubbing pads that can dull the stone’s surface. Like water flow that over time creates a path through even the hardest rock, the repeated abuse of dirt and furniture can also take a toll on quartz floors over time. To avoid this issue, regularly clean floors of sand and other gritty substances, and make use of felt pads beneath furniture.
Quartz is stain resistant, not stain proof. Though lemonade, vinegar, wine, and other acidic fluids don’t react with quartz, resulting in etching as with other natural stones, cleaning spills quickly safeguards the surface of the stone.
Looking for a unique, yet durable and versatile flooring surface? Take a walk through the wide range of quartz flooring options at your area Granite Imports today.