What is Cambria?
Manufacturers combine quartz–one of the hardest minerals on the planet–with pigments that make it look just like natural stone (but with none of the cons of natural stone!). And, if you need color choices, Cambria comes in over 200 different colors. Because they can make it to your specifications, you can choose any color you want! And the quartz gives your countertops an exceptional shimmering quality.
What are the Pros of Cambria?
- Maintenance Free – One of the huge benefits of choosing Cambria quartz for your countertops is that it is stain-resistant and maintenance-free. Surfaces such as granite and marble tend to require periodic maintenance such as sealing and polishing. With Cambria, you simply clean the surface with warm water and a soft cloth. If there are food particles, then a mild soap will finish the job.
- Strength and Durability – Cambria is much harder than any other stone alternatives. You can rest easy with Cambria as your countertop, as it provides optimal scratch and chip resistance.
- Innovative Design – Cambria provides a lot of versatility in the expansive options for designs. With this American craftsmanship and versatility, Cambria allows you to match the colors and overall look you have envisioned.
What are the Cons of Cambria?
- Higher Unit Price – Cambria can come with a higher upfront cost, as it is of higher quality than chearper alternatives such as ceramic, porcelain and tile. Engineered quartz is simply a quality, higher-end product. Installing these countertops will provide you with more years of functionality in your kitchen due to its hardness and durability.
- Requires Professional Installation – Cambria, much like granite, requires the expertise of licensed and trained stone technician professionals. You can be confident that your countertops will be installed to industry specifications while also meeting your personal desires.
- Low Heat Tolerance – Unlike some other options, Cambria cannot withstand heat or direct sunlight. When this occurs, it will cause burn marks and discoloration on your countertops. Cambria would not be an ideal choice for outdoor countertops. You will need to use trivets or hot pads to protect your Cambria countertops from hot pots and pans.
How to Care and Maintain Cambria
Maintaining Cambria is easy. Simply wash with a soft cotton cloth and warm water, and mild soap if desired.
It is important to realize that common household cleaners include abrasive chemicals which will damage your Cambria surfaces. Do not expose, in use or otherwise, Cambria Product to abrasive, strong alkaline, acid, free radicals, oxidizers, or other cleaners of the like (whether high, neutral, or low pH). Cambria is not heat-proof, chemical-proof, or fracture-proof in any form. Be aware of exposure to these potentially damaging acts.
The Best Uses of Cambria
Cambria is a good choice for a variety of types of countertops as it is durable and more resistant to surface damage than other stones. However, all stones can be damaged by force and no stone is chip-proof. Although a slip of the knife off the cutting board won’t typically damage your Cambria countertop, no surface is completely scratch-proof. It is also important to remember that surface markings are more visible on monotone designs than on multi-colored surfaces.
Since Cambria is a nonporous and nonabsorbent surface, it is the safest countertop for food preparation. It is NSF* 51 certified for food and splash zones in kitchens.