How to Hide Quartz Countertop Seams
The difference between a good countertop installation and a great one often time boils down to some basic techniques. Clean looking quartz countertop installations can make an impact on the customer. They might not even know exactly why they like one particular installation over another. However, the details usually hold the key. One such detail is the invisibility of the seams in the surface. In this article we will consider some basic principles that can help create invisible seams when you fabricate engineered quartz countertop surfaces.
We have already mentioned that the details play a big part in the appearance of the finished job. However, some may wonder, "How do I improve the detail work on my projects?" It really comes down to a few basic techniques; one of which is invisible seaming. Let's consider the following tips for hiding quartz engineered stone seams:
- Clean Cut Edges
- Color Matched Adhesive
- As Tight of Seam As Possible
Let's go through each of those techniques to see how it plays a part in hiding your seams when you install quartz counter tops.
Clean Cuts & Smooth Edges
The first aspect of hiding your quartz seams that we will cover here is the cleanliness of the cut. The cleaner the cut, the better the two pieces of stone will fit together. On the other hand, if your edges have chips or even minor breaks, the edges will not fit together as well and the gaps - even if filled in with glue - will be more noticeable. So what can you do to get the cleanest cut possible?
Proper Quartz Cutting Saw
One factor that contributes to clean cuts is the type of saw that you are using. You can find all sorts of information on the Internet explaining how to cut quartz with a skill saw. Another search that no doubt gets a lot of results is how to cut stone with a circular saw. However, using this kind of saw for cutting quartz makes the task more challenging. However if you use a saw designed for cutting stone slabs, the results are better.
Bridge saws are known for producing straight, clean cuts and yielding good results. Of course, these types of saws are more costly than circular saws. However, you have heard the saying, "you get what you pay for". So, if you are wanting the absolute best cut possible, get a saw that is designed to give it to you.
Using A Good Quartz Blade
The saw is important but so is the blade you use. If you use the wrong type of blade (or a blade of inferior quality) you will get chipping. as we stated earlier, if you have chipped edges along your seam, you will not get as clean of a bond and the seam will be more visible. So choose a blade designed for cutting quartz material. One good quartz cutting blade is the Grey Leopard. The Grey Leopard diamond blade is a great quartz cutting blade. It is made for making clean cuts in hard stone materials like quartz.
Of course, which blade you select for your project will depend on your budget, how often you plan to cut quartz and ultimately, how good you want your project to turn out.
Adhesive that Matches The Stone
Another key aspect to getting a very unnoticeable seam in your quartz countertop is using a glue that is matched to the color of the stone you are gluing. For gluing quartz materials we recommend using Multibond cartridge glue. It is a quality adhesive for gluing quartz countertops.
Of course you can use any color of glue you like. However, using Multibond gives you the ability to get a glue that is matched to the color of the stone. You can even look up the stone and find the proper color using the Multibond color matching tool here on our website.
Tight Seams Are Harder to See
Along with all of the previous techniques that we have mentioned in this article, you will want to make your seem as tight as possible. The tighter the seam, the harder it will be to notice; especially if you have clean edges and a glue tat is so close to the color of the stone that it is hard to see anyway.
As we have seen, the way to hide your quartz seams is really by using a combination of techniques to make the thing just go away. Using the right tools to get a clean cut, finding a color matched glue for quartz (Multibond), and getting the seam as tight as possible, all play a role. Using these tips along with your skills you will produce seams that are so tough to see, your customers will know it looks good but might not realize why it looks so good.