Over the past nine years a trend has emerged to create clean-looking seamless floors with no tile joints or dirty grout lines. This trend has encouraged leading tile suppliers to market rectified tiles, which are butt-jointed to create the seamless effect.
The natural stone flooring market in South Africa has risen by 22% to capture a considerable proportion of the overall flooring market, with colour choices steering towards the more organic colour ranges. These factors are possibly the main reasons for the remarkable growth of Quartz Carpet in South Africa and Africa over the past few years.
The stones used in Quartz Carpet are washed, fire-dried, have a residual moisture content of less than 0,2% and are 99% SiO2, graded into the different stone sizes. The end product complies with stringent ISO 9002, ISO 14001 and EU regulations.
Quartz Carpet is a seamless natural stone flooring system that is trowel-applied on site, utilising imported quartz glacial aggregates and clear resin binders, and is available in a range of 36 colours.
These exquisite interior and 100% UV-stable exterior floor finishes are available in open- or closed-pore structures and two aggregate sizes, and result in unrivalled aesthetics and performance.
The imported alluvial glacial quartz stone is extremely hard, measuring 8 on the MOH (Measure of Hardness) scale where diamond measures 10, and it is highly impact- and abrasion-resistant.
Local crushed stone cannot be used in flooring systems as the stones themselves are filled with millions of cracks/fissures caused by the crushing process.
Products incorporating this type of stone, without a proven track record or test results, are destined to disappoint or fail! Unfortunately, there are companies out there marketing these so-called natural quartz floors.
Claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing flooring system, Quartz Carpet (almost 35 years old worldwide) is now available in over 24 countries. The Africa-based division has 35 fully trained and licensed applicators in all provinces of South Africa and is also in Namibia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and Mauritius.
Quartz Carpet is expanding its business locally and throughout Africa and is in the process of appointing more applicators. Interested parties are welcome to apply to become registered and licensed installers of Quartz Carpet. The next Quartz Carpet training course is almost booked out with 30 applicants already attending the course.
Apart from being totally seamless with unlimited colour combinations and design opportunities (customised logos are part of the service provided), Quartz Carpet is non-slip, easy to maintain and clean, relatively inexpensive to install, and is underfloor-heating compliant.