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Let’s Discuss Engineered Stones – MSI Q Quartz, Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone

Our team at USA Marble and Granite, prides ourselves in bringing you superior quality stone work for all your needs.  Our ever expanding catalog includes some of the best natural and engineered stones from around the globe.

Talking specifically about engineered stones, we offer four options you can choose from depending on your needs.

  • MSI Q Quartz
  • Silestone
  • Cambria
  • Caesarstone

In the world of home renovation, quartz is quickly emerging as a worthy alternative to natural stones such as granite and marble.  It is created by fusing natural stone with polymer resins.  Not only is it more reliable and long lasting, it is also spectacularly beautiful and requires little to no maintenance.

Let us dig deeper into the engineered stones mentioned above, and understand the underlying differences between the products so that you can make the best decision for your home.

MSI Q Quartz

USA Marble and Granite are the proud authorized dealers and installation experts of MSI Quartz Countertops by MSI Stone.  MSI is one of the largest supplier and producers of countertops in the U.S. and they have a wide range of options for all your countertop needs.

In a league of its own, Q Quartz is contemporarily elegant and extremely durable.  A perfect mix of natural and manufactured materials, you can count on it to be the centre of attention for decades.  Quartz in itself is one of the hardest mineral available, and treating it specifically to enhance its durability makes it a stone for the ages.

Built specifically to be the finest stone for a countertop, it showcases near extraordinary qualities making it stand out when compared to other natural stones.  Being naturally scratch resistant, Q Quartz doesn’t require polishing, sealing, or reconditioning.  Thus making it unexpectedly low maintenance.  The non porous, stain resistant surface makes sure your countertop is always protected from juices, coffee, tea, and a lot of otherwise damaging agents.

Apart from the inherent qualities mentioned above, there is a wide range of colors you can choose from.  Currently, MSI offers 61 different colors for residential or commercial projects.  From the elegant white varieties that include Arctic White, Calacatta Classique, Pelican White among others; to the bold and daring Midnight Black, and Midnight Majesty; to the gray lover’s paradise which includes Fossil Gray, Stellar Gray, Babylon Gray etc.; you will be spoiled for choices.

Using the Q Quartz for interior design is an excellent option.  Generally, you can go for a lighter shade in a home setting.  Light colors will add warmth and a contemporary grace to your home.  Pelican white which is a combination of white and gray, Sahara beige which has specks of brick and amber, Stellar Gray which is a mid-toned gray with flecks of a lighter gray, Glacier White, Carrara Marmi, etc. are but a few of the shades you can choose from.

For a commercial setting, mid-toned and deeper colors can be preferred.  This would include Midnight Black which imparts a polished look, Midnight Majesty which shows off a brushed look,  Babylon Gray Concrete, Fossil Brown, Coronado, etc.

Rest assured, our team at USA Marble and Granite along with the experts at MSI Stone are dedicated to finding you the best possible stone for your home.

Silestone

Just Like MSI Quartz, we have also teamed up with Silestone quartz countertops providing quartz countertops to homes everywhere.  Consistent with our core values of providing unparalleled quality and customer satisfaction, Silestone are so confident about their product that each of their countertops comes with a 25-year guarantee.  Going with Silestone can be considered an obvious choice, and will make your bathroom or your kitchen look great for years and years.

Like most other engineered stones, Silestone is also made by mixing various polyester resins with natural quartz crystals.  Apart from these, it also has antimicrobial agents and coloring dyes mixed in.  Although similar to marble and granite in look and style, it stands out because of the quartz crystals which give it a patented shine and sparkle.

Silestone is scratch resistant and prevents the growth of bacteria, thus making it one of the easiest stones to keep clean.  Furthermore, the non porous nature of the surface makes sure that the spills (tea, coffee, soups, etc.) do not penetrate the stone and damage it from within.  This is particularly advantageous because you don’t have to worry about sealing the surface like you would do with other natural stone materials.

Since the manufacturing process is controlled from start to finish, the choices regarding style, color, size, etc. are aplenty.  Silestone offers over a 100 different shades and colors, making it one of the most comprehensive catalogs in the market.  You can go for the classics such Creamstone, Calacatta varieties, various gray dominant hues.  Or you can go for some of the more eccentric styles like Zirconium, Chrome, Ocean Storm, Albedo, etc.  If you choose to add color to your kitchen/bathroom renovations, Silestone has you covered there as well with solid color like Green Fun, Magenta Energy, Tao, Orange Cool, Red Eros, etc.

With an extensive catalog of design and great qualities, Silestone should definitely be a stop on your renovation journey.

Cambria

Cambria is a family owned and operated natural quartz producer in the United States.  USA Marble and Granite is proud to be authorized dealers and installation experts associated with Cambria.

Cambria countertops are made in the United States in their state of the art fabrication facility.  We share the values of superior quality, unparalleled customer satisfaction, constant innovation, and a dedicated team of experts which makes our collaboration that much more fruitful.  If you are looking for a touch of flair and panache to your home decor, Cambria can be your worthy partner.

Just like the other engineered stones, Cambria is highly durable, non porous, easy to maintain, and comes in a wide variety styles and colors.  Comparing it to granite, it is far superior in almost all the relevant areas of comparison.  Granite is usually 40% to 60% quartz, the rest composing of impurities and other minerals.  Whereas Cambria pure natural quartz.  Unlike granite or marble, Cambria never needs sealing or reconditioning.  Being pure natural quartz is what separates it from other engineered stones.

Cambria offers stones in more than 140 designs.  With a diamond like hardness and superior strength, Cambria’s confidence in their product translates to a full lifetime warranty program.  The stone is maintenance free i.e. it does not require sealing or polishing.  And on top of all that, Cambria is NSF 51 certified for food and splash zone use, making it one of the safest surfaces available in the market for consumers.

As a company, their attention to details and a single minded focus on being the best has provided thousands of customers the kitchen they have always dreamt about.  Talking about the colors, you can find almost anything you can think of when it comes to Cambria.  From the subtle and classic Swanbridge, Torquay, and Britannica.  To the more flare inducing Cardigan Red, Hollinsbrook, and Sharpham.  We got you covered.

With so many different options to choose from, we hope you will take your time to choose the stone that compliments your home and yourself the most.

Caesarstone

With probably one of the most diverse and eccentric collection of stones out there, our team at USA Marble and Granite is proud to introduce the last, but never the least, of our collaborators in engineered stones.  Caesarstone line of engineered quartz is loved by our clients for their diverse collection and a great customer centric approach.

Caesarstone is a form of engineered stone that combines multiple sources of crushed stone into one continuous surface.  Caesarstone countertops are made from up to ninety-three percent of natural quartz materials with pigments and polymer resins. Each of their surfaces must meet stringent qualifications before they decide to begin the fabrication process, ensuring that each of our customers receive the best quartz countertops that are available on the market today. Any material that has not passed their qualification testing will never be used to renovate our customer’s home.

Caesarstone shares all the qualities of the other engineered stones described here.  It’s non-porous, thus making it easier to maintain and also resistant to bacteria building up in the pores and cracks.  It is scratch resistant, making it low maintenance and long lasting.  The surface is exceptionally hard and will last a lifetime.

Apart from these, what makes Caesarstone stand out are their designs.  Their collaboration with well-known designers combined with the ease of maintenance that their quartz countertops provides has made them a favorite of our clients who are looking for quartz kitchen countertops.  Hear about the collections they offer and you will know what we are talking about:

  • Supernatural Collection
  • Classico Collection
  • Motivo Collection
  • Concetto Collection

Designs like Vanilla Noir, Viola, Sirena, Indigo and a bunch of others are so out of the box and incredibly beautiful that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of them.

Apart from their unique designs, their dedication to customer satisfaction has attracted and helped retain a lot of clients as well.  Based on a mutual respect and admiration, our collaboration has been greatly beneficial and together we intend to continue providing our customers the best of everything.

Engineered stones, or man-made stones, can be seen as a great investment.  With a warranty of anywhere between 25 years to even a lifetime, they will be the perfect home decor element that you can just install and forget about.  We have discussed the 4 different types of engineered stones we provide, and how they can be beneficial.  Rest assured, USA Marble and Granite is committed to finding you the perfect match for any and all of your needs.

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