Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on Earth. Because of its strength and abundance, quartz is a popular and reliable choice for countertops. Quartz countertops are sometimes referred to as “engineered” or “man-made,” but quartz is in fact a natural stone. The amount of natural quartz in a slab depends on the quartz manufacturer. Shivam Surface India LLP (Evolution) is among the highest concentration of pure quartz to ensure strong, dense slabs.
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth and one of the hardest, so it is “hardly” surprising that manufacturers saw its great potential for a surface material more than 60 years ago. Since that time, quartz countertops have grown in popularity as homeowners discovered what the earliest quartz pioneers knew – when the natural the mineral quartz is improved upon by man’s ingenuity, quartz countertops can compete with other natural stone countertops in every way.
The process to engineer quartz countertops by pressing polymer resins into natural, raw quartz crystals were developed by an Italian company, in the early 1960s. The Italians were the first, who perceived the enormous potential in developing a market that was absolutely innovative and at the time practically unexplored: developing new technologies and manufacturing industrial plants for producing compound stone.
Their innovative process meant that a mineral, essentially unviable as a countertop material on its own could now be reinforced to make a solid surface that was hard, durable, and very low in porosity. Additionally, manufacturing could be controlled to produce a variety of products, from fine to coarse-grained, with varying color depending upon the pigments added during the process and varying sparkle, depending upon materials like glass that may be added as well.
Quartz countertops quickly became popular in Italy, and have been featured in European kitchens for decades to follow. It took longer for the trend to catch on in the United States – this may be explained in various ways: trends and fashions that originate abroad often take time to trickle to the U.S., or, more likely, American homeowners were satisfied with our current options at the time (laminate was the predominant surface in the 60s and 70s) and were not inclined to embrace a material that looked so similar to widely available natural stone options like granite, marble, and limestone. (Quartz countertops can be manufactured to look strikingly like all three of these natural stones.)
Whatever the explanation, when the significant benefits of quartz countertops became clear to American consumers in the 90s, their popularity grew swiftly. By 2004. The quartz boom had begun – and continues to this day. Countertop Market to Reach USD 110.87 Billion by 2026, Rising Demand For Quartz Countertop Material Will Encourage Growth, says Fortune Business Insights
Some of the many benefits of Quartz countertops are…
- Consistent & uniform appearance.
- Heavy, solid slabs make up for great & long-lasting surfaces that can typically be installed in one piece.
- Wide variety of colors – and unrivaled availability.
- Exceptionally hard and durable.
- Highly resistant to chips, dents, stains, and other surface damages that are bound to happen in a normal family Kitchen.
- Very low porosity which limits (almost negates) bacterial growth.
- Heat resistant.
- No need for re-sealing.
- Low and easy maintenance.
As a manmade material, not only is quartz widely available, it can be easily manufactured for unique sizing and unique shapes, including circles and curves.
The history of any building material is always fascinating, particularly when you are considering all your options for your next project. Consider quartz – it’s not the new kid on the block anymore. It’s a proven material full of exceptional benefits, with a half-century of experience as an innovative and exciting countertop option!
Evolution’s premium Quartz is the latest in elegant and durable natural quartz countertops from Shivam Surface India LLP. Shivam Surface’s strategy is to enhance the homes and projects of consumers all over the globe by providing a wide selection of products that are innovative, affordable, and accessible from a single supplier.