Chinese Quartz Countertops: What to Avoid

Chinese Quartz Countertops What To Avoid

When looking to update your Kitchen and Bathroom, you might have heard about Quartz Countertops.  Quartz Countertops are a great option for any home, but not all quartz is made equally. Countertop Projects are a big undertaking, and many people try to make sure they get the best price possible for their project.  That may include choosing an off-brand Countertop Material to save a little on cost.  Little did you know, that off-brand Quartz Countertop was made in China, and can have a whole host of issues.  In this article, we review the common issues that can arise when using a Chinese Quartz Product for your Countertops.

Inconsistent Material Ratios

Inconsistent Material Ratios in Chinese Quartz Countertops are One of the Biggest Signs of a Cheaply Made Material
Inconsistent Material Ratios in Chinese Quartz Countertops are One of the Biggest Signs of a Cheaply Made Material

One of the biggest issues that Fabricators and Installers of Chinese Quartz have found is that from slab to slab, there are vast inconsistencies.  Read below for more details on Inconsistencies with Chinese Quartz Countertops.

Inconsistent Slab Thickness

What you see is not always what you get with Chinese Quartz Countertops.  Many people have reported having issues with the varying or incorrect thickness of their Chinese Quartz Countertops.   Issues have arisen because the material is being sold and advertised as a certain thickness, and the countertops being delivered are not the accurate thickness.  The material being thinner than it should could make the countertops less durable, and the material being thicker than it should be can create an issue when Installing the Countertops. If the material is too thick, this can cause misalignment from the official template and they may not fit in the Kitchen correctly.

Resin to Crushed Quartz Ratios

Another issue with Chinese Quartz is the unpredictability of the makeup of the quartz.  Chinese Quartz brands tend to use a higher percentage of resin than most American companies, so they can save on the amount of quartz they use in each slab.  American Quartz Brand Cambria uses 93% crushed quartz and 7% resin.  Chinese Quartz Brands have upwards of 30% resin in their slabs.  Too much resin creates issues in itself such as Resin Pooling, but it also creates issues with heat.  Too much resin makes the countertops susceptible to melting and scorching.

Resin to Pigment Ratios

There have also been reported issues of color variations not matching the samples they were sold from, and color differences from piece to piece.  Quartz slabs are supposed to be very similar to one another, but in some cases, customers who bought Chinese Quartz have noticed vast differences from one slab to another.

Resin Pooling in Chinese Quartz Countertops

Resin Pooling in Chines Quartz Countertops
Resin Pooling in Chinese Quartz Countertops

When too much Resin is used in the production of quartz slabs, you run into an issue called “Resin Pooling”. Resin Pooling is defined as an area on a quartz countertop where the resin used to produce the slab pooled up or settled in one spot.  Resin Pooling can leave dark spots on the quartz countertop and detract from the overall color pattern of the slab.  Resin Pooling in Chinese Quartz is a commonly reported issue that can mar the appearance of a quartz countertop and is a sign of poor craftsmanship.

Chemicals Standards China vs. United States

Many Chinese Quartz Countertop Owners have Reported an Odd Chemical Smell Coming from their Installed Countertops
Many Chinese Quartz Countertop Owners have Reported an Odd Chemical Smell Coming from their Installed Countertops

The United States is one of the strictest countries in terms of its Health and Safety Standards.  Due to this, products produced inside the United States go through rigorous product checks and quality checks, ensuring that the product is produced according to the law.  China’s standards differ from the US, and as such the chemicals used during production may not be the safest.  One example of this we’ve seen reported is that Chinese Quartz Countertops may emit a smell for the first year or so in your home, due to excess chemicals used during production in China.  This is something important to consider, as the United States has very specific regulations as to what chemicals can be used during the production of a surface that will come into contact with food. 

American Anti Dumping Lawsuit Against the Chinese Quartz Producers

Cambria Anti Dumping Lawsuit
Cambria Anti-Dumping Lawsuit Against Chinese Quartz Manufacturers

Cambria Quartz, a family owned, Minnesota based company, has started a huge lawsuit against China involving both the International and Federal Trade Commissions.  China’s illegal dumping of Chinese Quartz into America’s Free Market has disrupted American Quartz Brands, in amounts in excess of $1.2 billion. 

Consumers are always looking for the best price and value, big brands and companies undercut the farmers, workers, and producers, in order to make a cost-effective product to sell to the mass market.  In this case, the Chinese Government issued subsidies to Chinese quartz slab producers in an effort to destroy the domestic quartz slab market.  As a result, Chinese quartz slabs were imported into the United States at a price below the cost to manufacture the same slabs in America.  This created an unfair advantage and unfairly traded goods in the American Market, ultimately hurting the American worker. 

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