About Cambria – Helpful Information
One of the most popular hard surface materials used in homes all over is engineered quartz. One of the brands of quartz available to consumers is Cambria. Quartz materials such as Cambria are very desirable and continually are selected to be the material used for all sorts of hard surfaces. In this post, we will consider some basic information about Cambria, including what it is, fabricating it, and how to care for it.
What Quartz Is Made Of
Engineered quartz is a combination of raw materials, polymer resins and coloring pigments mixed together into a composite material. This composite is then heated an formed into a slab. The mixture varies in percentage by weight for each of the above ingredients. The ranges generally used by the companies that produce engineered quartz are:
- +90% Crushed Raw Quartz and Other Raw Materials
- -10% Polymer Resins for Binding and Coloring Pigments
The process by which engineered quartz slabs are made consist of mixing certain ingredients together to form a composite. This composite is then formed and the air is removed from the mixture. After that, the mixture is baked at a high temperature and then cooled. The ingredients that are mixed to produce the slab are:
- Polymer Resins
- Coloring Pigments
- Natural Stone Aggregate
The ingredients may vary to a degree, but the overall recipe is pretty consistent.
As mentioned, most of the engineered quartz falls within those parameters, but Cambria might have a mix that varies from that guideline. The best way to determine the exact mix for Cambria is to check out the information on the website for Cambria. And keep in mind, companies are constantly adjusting their recipes and protocols to tune the product.
Quartz Popularity & Cambria
There are many reasons that people choose quartz to be the material for their surfaces. Kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and even shower walls are often times fashioned from quartz. In fact, many online resources make mention of the benefits and/or reasons that quartz (including Cambria) is an appealing choice.
The popularity of quartz cannot be denied and there are a number of ways to see this is true. Notice the following statement taken from an article on the Consumer Reports website:
According to a National Kitchen & Bath Association survey, the vast majority of folks installing counters these days choose quartz. So quartz may appeal to house hunters.
Quartz in general is really a desirable material and that helps Cambria as well. In general, the engineered quartz industry has a variety of benefits that get focused on. However, there are usually specific focus points talked about by each brand or manufacturer. For example, notice the point that Cambria highlights in its material. On the website Cambria Quartz
What do exceptional stain resistance, maintenance-free convenience, unmatched durability, and hygienic food safety have in common? They’re all part of the Cambria® advantage for your next project.
Properties of Engineered Quartz
As we mentioned, quartz surfaces are generally produced following similar processes. The nuances of the process varies, but that doesn’t mean that all are necessarily created equal. There are different grades of quartz just as there are various grades of natural stone. Cambria and even other engineered quartz materials though, will promote the following appealing traits:
- Stain Resistance
- Resistant to Scratching
- Easy to Clean
Like other engineered quartz surfaces, Cambria no doubt offers variations of the benefits listed above. Additionally, the maintenance and care procedures for Cambria will be much the same as the other brands of engineered quartz. We will cover some of those care and maintenance practices shortly, be first, let’s take a look at the color selection.
Cambria Color Selection
The colors in which Cambria is available is another reason for its success. After all if a company offers a product and the color palette is not chosen carefully, it could mean another trip to the drawing board to create more colors needed by the consumer. Cambria has put together the following color selection for the product they offer:
- Snowdon White
- Brittanicca Warm
- Brittanicca Gold
- Skara Brae
- Rose Bay
- Pendle Hill
- Praa Sand
- New Qua
- Queen Anne
- Cardiff Cream
- Coswell Cream
- Tenby Cream
- New Castle
- Hyde Park
- Carlisle Gray
- Cambrian Gold
- Brecon Brown
- Stafford Brown
- Burton Brown
- New Brighton
- Cardigan Red
- Park Gate
- Carmarthen Brown
- Willshire Red
- Bala Blue
- Talbot Gray
- Bristol Blue
- South Hampton
- Ashbourne Matte
- Oxwich Green
- Caerphilly Green
- Welshpool Black
- Golden Dragon
- Flint Black
- Blackpool Matte
Fabricating Cambria Surfaces
Fabricating Cambria brings with it some of the challenges that are common to the quartz material. There are some key things that fabrication professionals need to be aware of if they choose to begin working with Cambria – or another brand of quartz for that matter.
Dust Collection Equipment for Cambria Fabrication
Nearly all hard surface materials used in construction projects contain at least some silica. When this material is cut, shaped, or polished, it creates dust. Those dust particles contain silica that can be dangerous if inhaled. So, when working with Cambria, it is recommended that quartz fabrication dust collection equipment be used. Having the proper dust collection equipment can keep your working environment as free of respirable silica as possible.
Cambria Fabrication Water Treatment
Even after the quartz dust is removed, it could still be a potential hazard. For example, some Cambria fabricators are running wet tools that produce a slurry. This slurry is produced when water traps the particles that would become air particulates. The slurry is then processed using a quartz water treatment plant to separate the particles from the water. Then, the water is sent back to the shop where it can be used again to fabricate more Cambria surfaces.
Proper Tools for Cambria Fabrication
When working with engineered stone, many of the tools are the same as they would be for cutting or fabricating natural stone. However, there are specific variations of these tools for use on quartz. Let’s look at just a couple of examples.
First, let’s look at diamond polishing pads. When working with Cambria, just like other quartz, you need to be aware of the need to keep the material from getting too hot. Excess heat during the polishing process can turn the material a different color. By using either wet polishing pads or polishing pads designed for quartz, you will likely get the best results when polishing Cambria.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not all materials have the same hardness. Because Cambria is among the harder materials (quartz is very hard), it requires a diamond bridge saw blade for cutting quartz.
Of course, there are other best practices to follow when fabricating Cambria but they are too numerous to mention here. The thing to take away form this post regarding Cambria fabrication is that there are specific practices and tooling to consider. There is also some equipment that can be used for both natural stone and Cambria
How to Care for Cambria
Caring for Cambria is likewise a matter for consideration. Maintenance and cleaning processes are fairly standard for virtually all kinds of quartz, including Cambria. So what is involved?
Although, Cambria does not require sealing after installation, there are occasions that can cause it to need to be sealed. There are quartz sealers that exist for treating materials like Cambria should they come to need sealing due to improper care.
How to Clean Cambria
Cleaning Cambria can be very simple. Since Cambria is stain resistant, cleaning it is as simple as using the appropriate quartz cleaning solution and not using harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbing products. Cleaners designed for use on quartz are generally the correct cleaners to use. We do recommend reading the information provided by Cambria or whichever quartz surface you are considering to see which kinds of cleaners are approved.
In the end, Cambria is one of the brands of quartz available. It has properties that make it appealing as a hard surface material. It also offers its own color selection and it is best fabricated using recommended best practices for working with quartz. And one thing is for sure, there are plenty of reasons for choosing Cambria.