Cambria; A Lasting Beauty
While it’s exciting to be able to select new and beautiful materials for your home, the process of making the final decision can often be overwhelming. If this statement speaks to you, you are not alone. Many homeowners share in the fear of making the wrong decision. As an Interior Designer, my job is to alleviate this fear by making sure clients are informed.
So let’s take a closer look at Cambria; the composition, the benefits, how it compares with granite, and where Cambria is being used in homes today.
What is Cambria made out of?
* Cambria is a natural material. It is comprised of 93% pure quartz, natural pigments, and resins. These materials are combined and engineered into extremely strong and durable slabs. The color goes all the way through every design.
What are the unique benefits of Cambria?
* Cambria is beautiful. There are 8 different lines within the Cambria collection to help you wade through your 120+ color choices. With showrooms in Plymouth and a stunning gallery in downtown Minneapolis, you have access to see large slabs so that you can feel confident with your final decision. You can also borrow 12”x12” samples from our showroom.
* Cambria is maintenance free. You don’t have to seal it – ever! Simply clean with soap and warm water. It’s that simple.
* Cambria is food safe. Because quartz is non-porous, harmful bacteria can’t reside in the materials. For this reason it is a healthy choice for kitchen counters where food preparation is the main activity.
* Cambria is strong and durable. Cambria is made out of 93% pure quartz which is stronger than granite’s naturally occurring 40 – 60% quartz content. This makes Cambria more resistant to chipping and cracking.
* Cambria is stain resistant. Beverages like red wine, coffee, and tea are not a potential hazard.
* Cambria designs are all the same price. You can select from any design and several edge profiles and know that you won’t be increasing your cost if you change your mind as your project plan moves along. (The increased thicknesses and specialty edge profiles can increase your cost).
How does Cambria compare to granite?
As a Designer, I appreciate that the client’s individual preferences and the overall design scheme will dictate whether a granite or quartz slab should be specified. Cambria is definitely gaining in popularity, a success directly related to their newest design launches. However, it often comes down to client values. If you prefer the natural mineral content and slight imperfections that granite has to offer, and you enjoy selecting your own slab that will be a “one of a kind,” granite might be the right choice. You also might be more open to granite if you don’t mind maintenance, as granite should be sealed once every 1-3 years. I also get asked about the cost comparison of the two. Granite can range from $60.00 – $120.00 a square foot installed, with Cambria coming in at the mid $90’s.
Where is Cambria being used?
Cambria is too beautiful and functional to be designated solely for kitchen and bathroom counters. Many designs are extended to an entire backsplash which gives a seamless and sophisticated look from the back of the cabinets to the front of your counter. Slabs are also being used as complete shower walls, another elegant and simple use of a durable material (with less grout to clean). Fireplace surrounds are also showcasing Cambria, an area where creating a unique focal point is important. Other current uses are floor tiles, uniquely designed table tops, buffets, and anywhere else homeowners feel like making a lasting first impression.
Submitted by Submitted by Christina Burns/ Interior Designer