ZODIAQ COUNTERTOPS

Zodiaq® brings nature and technology together in the best possible way with this beautifully engineered and designed stone product that is both durable and resilient. It can be custom-fitted to meet any design specifications including thickness, dimensions, colors, and patterns so it is the perfect material anywhere.

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Cost of Zodiaq Countertops

There are many choices available to buyers of Zodiaq® countertops, so the price will vary. Factors that will affect the cost include the design, thickness, and edging type. A sink and backsplash usually carry extra cost unless you get a package deal. In general, 30 square feet of counter space will average about $2,000 without sink or backsplash with a beveled edge. With a backsplash, bullnose edge, and a double bowl sink will increase the price to $2,900. The price can go as low as $1,500 and as high as $4,000, including installation.

It is possible to get virtually seamless kitchen and bath countertops and backsplashes of surpassing beauty with Zodiaq®. Unlike natural stone, Zodiaq® is non-porous, which makes it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. ZEven heavy use will not mar the perfection of Zodiaq® with reasonable care and maintenance. DuPont stands behind its products by offering a 10-year warranty on both the product and installation if an accredited installer and fabricator was on the job. For best results, Zodiaq® kitchen countertops should be integrated with the equally beautiful and durable Corian® sink.

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Zodiaq® is a registered brand of engineered stone made by DuPont, which is made up of of 93% crushed and crystal quartz. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world, rating a 7 in the Mohs hardness scale. The remaining 7% is acrylic resin, colors and binders. Production happens in DuPont’s Thetford Mines Granirex plant in Canada. Architects, interior designers and discerning homeowners that want the look of luxury prefer Zodiaq® because of its look of elegance and luxury.

A unique feature of the Zodiaq® is the inclusion of pure quartz crystals in the mix, which lends the surface the radiance of diamonds and much of its hardness. It is visually striking and even mesmerizing under the right light conditions, and it is sure to become the centerpiece in any room. Zodiaq® quartz surfaces are available in many colors and patterns, and accredited fabricators and installers will have no problem custom cutting and installing it for any design and any number or no seams.
In addition, Zodiaq® is a green product. It is GREENGUARD Certified®, which means that it is a low-emitting material. Adhesives and sealants used with Zodiaq® are guaranteed to at least meet guidelines for acceptable levels of volatile organic compounds, and are both non-allergenic and nontoxic to people. Homeowners and builders with an eye on environmentally friendly products will be sure to appreciate the fact that Zodiaq® countertops and other surface products make use of available materials instead of quarrying for new ones. In fact, the New Terra Collection colors contain 25% recycled materials. They do not even have to sacrifice performance; Zodiaq® is remarkable in being both tough and beautiful.

Durability

The quartz content of Zodiaq® means it is extremely hard, and the technology behind its production makes it heat and scratch resistant. However, no stone is impervious to extreme stresses, so reasonable care will guarantee the continued excellent appearance and performance of the engineered stone. It best to use heat pads or trivets for protecting the Zodiaq® surface from thermal shock of a hot pan or pot, and avoid striking the surface with excessive force, especially the edges and areas with little or no under support. You can cut food items on the surface with a smooth knife without causing damage, but using the pointed end of a knife or a serrated edge will damage it. Spills should not be allowed to sit for long periods, especially for light colored countertops.

Cleaning

There is no need to polish, seal, wax, or recondition a Zodiaq® surface to keep it looking pristine. The polymers used in conjunction with the quartz are stain-resistant. It is easy to clean it; soap and warm water usually suffices. Routine care of the Zodiaq® comprise of a paper towel or clean, damp cloth to clean up fresh spills, and non-abrasive cleaner such as a glass cleaner with no bleach to remove dried-on spills. The best way to remove gum, nail polish, or dried on grease is to use a non-scratch scrub pad or plastic putty knife. High-alkaline cleansers will damage the surface.

Safety

Zodiaq® quartz countertops are non-porous and great for use in the kitchen for food preparation. It is both NSF/ANSI Standard 51 Certified and Class I(A) fire rated, which means hot food prepared on a Zodiaq®kitchen is safe to eat. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, it will not promote the growth of bacteria, mold, or mildew.

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Value Added To The Home

Zodiaq® countertops and surface products are beautiful and elegant, and they are sure to have a major impact on potential homebuyers. Some experts believe that stone surface products and countertops in general increase home values by as much as 25%, and with the current popularity of green engineered quartz products such as Zodiaq®, it may even be more. At any rate, the durability of Zodiaq® products guarantees a return on investment for homeowners that want to keep their property for many years because it will last as long as they will. There will be no need to replace these countertops with reasonable care and maintenance.

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