Modern homes pay as much attention to bathrooms as they do for other rooms. Gone are the days when bathrooms were just four functional walls with some space to wash. In the current scenario, bathrooms are the idyllic spots for relaxing, unwinding, and de-stressing after a hard day’s work. With a myriad of options available in accessories, fittings, tiles, bathtubs, shower surrounds, and vanity tops, there are endless ways to amp up the charm of the bathrooms.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to shower surround is the choice of material. While the shower surround is exposed to high amounts of moisture and dampness throughout its lifecycle, a top priority is to choose materials that can withstand the onslaught of moisture. Quartz is an ideal material for shower surround given its beauty and durability.
What is quartz?
Quartz is often mistakenly thought of as being the same as Quartzite. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock created through years of heat and pressure. When sand grains on dunes, sea or river bed is subject to intense and constant pressure and heat, they fuse to form sandstone. When sandstone is subject to more rigorous heat and pressure over time, it turns to Quartzite.
Engineered quartz, on the other hand, is a man-made product synthesized from natural materials. Quartz comprises 90 percent of ground quartz while 6 to 10 percent is comprised of pigments and resins.
Quartz is strong enough to resist scratches, abrasion, dents, and acids while being non-allergenic and non-toxic. It can also withstand the high amounts of humidity in bathrooms as it is non-porous in nature.
An array of colors and finishes
Quartz is available in a wide array of colors which makes the material a great choice to match any kind of décor and color schemes in the bathroom. Quartz shower surrounds perfectly match neutral, pastel, earthy colors including black, brown, white, pink or cream.
For those who wish to experiment with bolder colors, quartz is also available in a range of interesting hues such as bright red, green or orange. The myriad speckles and veins patterns in quartz resemble the ones on marble and granite.
Quartz is also available in wide-ranging finishes including embossed, honed, polished or sandblasted which means you can find the right quartz for a textured or a glossy shower surround.
A quartz shower surround not only adds an excellent focal point in the bathroom but has the added advantages of durability, water resistance, and strength.