Quartz Joint explained: Cambria Brittanica

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By: Maria Kairuz Jun 21, 2021 0 Comments

Quartz Joint: If you’ve been considering a kitchen refurbishment project at home and you’ve been looking at new worktops, you’ve probably been thinking granite or quartz slabs. And if you’ve been looking at quartz, you’ve probably seen Cambria Britannica from Cambria Quartz. One of our absolute favourites. We will go through everything you need to know before purchasing this or any other quartz worktop. But as importantly, we will explain how to ensure you get nice joints on your quartz worktops.

Cambria Quartz as an example of where you should place a quartz joint.

Today’s focus is on quartz worktops and their joints. And more specifically, on Cambria quartz and high movement quartz countertops. These type of quartz slabs are beautiful. And if you’ve spent any time looking at home decor magazines or websites, you’ve seen this type of product. 

White marble effect quartz is in trend, but there are some things to know before purchasing this product. With over fifteen years of experience installing quartz kitchen worktops, we have become huge fans of quartz worktop surfaces. In fact, I also have quartz worktops in my own home. Another point is that approximately 70% per cent of the total worktop installations we carry out are in quartz stone. 

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Image of a joint in a Cambria Britannica Gold waterfall island

One of the leaders in this sector is Cambria Quartz. And although we are fans, we want to clarify that we aren’t endorsing their product because they are paying us. We are strictly talking about this product because we believe in it here very much. Still, you must know what you’re getting with this product. Also, it would help if you had some candid chats with your worktop supplier to get the results you want from this product. 

Quartz joint. A Marble Look Worktop‘s perspective.

Cambria Quartz worktops are an excellent option for people trying to get the marble look. We used to be limited to marble before, and marble is not one of the worktop options for active households. Marble is not practical if you utilize your kitchen for cooking and entertaining because it’s a soft and porous stone. Therefore, when we looked at worktops before quartz was an option, we were sticking to granite as it’s a hard and non-porous stone. But saying that, even granite is porous. 

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Cambria Portrush displays blue veins on a marble look slab

Enter Quartz Worktops 

Quartz is a non-porous product. And there are some significant differences from one brand to the next. Both in terms of what type of performance qualities you can have. For instance, Cambria worktops, made in the United States, are a hundred per cent non-porous to the point that they are National Safety Food Council-certified. It means that you can use Cambria quartz countertops even in commercial kitchens. There aren’t many other products that we believe in more than this one regarding resistance to staining. 

As far as an anti-bacterial component to it, it’s just a great worktop. And by far one of the most popular options in Cambria worktops to place a quartz joint.

Is there heavy veining in Cambria Britannica Quartz? 

There are lots of movement looks in the slab. Britannica offers a white base with some grey-blue vein going through it. If you’ve been researching this material, you would have noticed that Britannica dominates many magazines in the media surrounding kitchen and bathroom worktops. It’s just a gorgeous stone. Similarly, you’ve probably seen Cambria Britannica many times in pictures of kitchens over the last few years. It’s often paired with bright, white cabinets or white cabinets, with a navy blue island. It’s just stunningly classy. And it offers a timeless look even when there is a quartz joint.  

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Cambria Britannica Warm Quartz slab

One of the essential things in conversation when working with clients on selecting quartz worktops, granite countertops, or any of our slabs is that they come in pre-determined sizes. For example, this Cambria stone measures 3360 x 1660 millimetres. 

Measuring up Cambria Quartz worktops: avoid wasting material.

When we go into a home and measure kitchen worktops, we’re taking the length and width of your worktops. Also we are determining the dimensions of those tops. We often find that we need between 8-10m2 of worktops for a kitchen if we add up all its dimensions. Yet, we’re looking at potentially twelve square metres of actual material space. And in some cases, even that isn’t enough to supply the tops. This is, when we factor in items like a big kitchen island. When we’re looking at how we utilize these for our worktops, we have to remember that it’s like we are rolling out dough for a pizza and taking our pizza cutter. We drop it into the dough and get our pieces out of it.

But do you know what happens and how it affects the position of your worktop joints?

We end up with a lot of the dough around the sides that are leftover. After we’ve made our cut-outs, it’s the same thing with our kitchen worktops. We have to take and remove the pieces from the slab. And then we will have pieces leftover around the perimeter. Therefore, we want to ensure we clearly understand how we use this material with these particular stones when we lay it out. Due to its high degree of movement, that can become potential waste. The process is even more significant because we have a direction to the patterned stone. Therefore, we can’t just take and start moving the stone’s direction and placing joints in your worktops. Because here you’ve got distinctly different movements going on in ideal places. That’s a conversation. It will help if you discuss it with your worktop supplier. You should do so when you’re buying your Cambria or any other quartz worktop presenting high movement. 

Quartz Joint vs Granite’s joint

Regarding granite, you need to ensure you understand what its veining will look like once laid out on your kitchen cabinets. And you also want to know what the plan is for how you create the granite worktop’s joint. You don’t want to leave this out without having a clear opportunity to understand how your worktop will look. Especially, when it comes to your kitchen worktop’s joints. 

If you’ve seen many kitchens with mitred edges, you can see the difference in how someone who understands these lays them out. They make sure that the movement is continuous from our edge details to our joints on the worktops. 

So let’s go ahead and discuss a couple of kitchens with what would be a seemingly good job, where we thoughtfully prepared our joints. We’re using the material to ensure that it flows well, and then I’m going to show you a picture of a project.

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Incorrect joint placement

It was not done correctly, obviously not by our company. This isn’t so that we just point out the bad quartz joint. But to give you an instance of what kind of conversations you need to have with your fabricator to achieve a very desirable result. Or, otherwise, a potentially very undesirable result, like the one shown with the quartz joint. And sometimes, there’s not necessarily a right or wrong option. But, still, it may mean that for you to get the results that you want, you’re buying an entirely separate slab, just specifically to accommodate that movement. 

Let’s take a look at these pictures of joints. And in particular a quartz joint.

So here we have a picture of a kitchen finished with the Britannica Stone from Cambria:

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A Cambria Britannica island with veins following through the mitred edges

And you’ll notice here on this island; we have these mitred edges. So when we’re laying out the slabs and planning, we discuss how we will utilize them. And when we install it, you want to follow these slabs’ veining, especially if your kitchen isn’t huge. But for you to do this properly with the mitred edge, it can add a slab to your project. Without a doubt, having an additional slab of material will avoid an off quartz joint.

Following Veins on your Cambria Worktop Joint

You may have a slab almost entirely dedicated to just the kitchen island. And then, we have the perimeter worktops that you get supplied with the additional slab.

A cutting layout showing why if you want your kitchen island without seams may add an additional slab of quartz to your worktops

Check the island’s photo again. You’ll notice that as the worktop falls over the edge, you see the veining going from the top to bottom. So there is a joint right the corner, but you don’t even see it in person. 

The quartz joint was one of the things our clients often discuss. And then, if you also look at the back portion of the worktop, you see the veins running down the laminated edge of that mitred edge worktop. Again, when utilizing quartz, we’ve got it very carefully planned. This is so that we’re not disrupting the flow of this stone’s movement.  

Here’s another picture of that.

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A photo of a quartz worktop edge with a mitred profile

Placing joints correctly on heavily veined worktops.

Where again, you can see that we’ve got the veining. Straight down the side again on the corner of this joint. You don’t see any actual joint there. It’s just a nice clean corner running down the side. Now let’s go ahead and contrast that with this picture of a worktop that I found online:

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It appears similar to the Britannica quartz with marble veining. But you’ll notice right away that there is a very distinct disruption in the flow of its veining. They’ve placed the quartz joint right at the corner. It looks like they have an angled joint. And then it comes back, creating two different lines that we see where we place the quartz joint. Opposed to that joint running straight from the corner. And all the way to the back or the entire seam running diagonally to the other corner. So it’s running in two different directions. We’ve got approximately an inch, and then it goes towards the back. With this type of look here, there may be certain circumstances that this is the best that you can do. 

For example, when trying to make the job work with only two slabs or only one slab. In this case, you know you do not want to purchase an entirely additional slab. So that the layout is the most ideal from one worktop to the next, the dimensions work differently. And you may not have the ability for every single top to be seamless. 

Getting the look you want on your quartz worktops may be more expensive depending on where you place the joints.

We’re trying to point out that when you’re spending several thousands of pounds, you want to ensure that you have this conversation with your worktop supplier. Otherwise, they will make that decision for you. They may prioritize your budget over the results because many fabricators have your best interest at heart. Because they want to earn your business, they may be afraid to tell you that you’re going to have to spend more money to get the right look. Therefore, in a hurry to try and earn your business and get the job, they may be afraid to tell you, hey, you need another slab to make this the way you want it. But this may be right when you think about your worktops over the long term. Even if you got to pay a little bit more for it upfront, you’re going to thank us later. But not every company is going to do this. Some will say that it is a beautiful slab, regardless, and then they lay it out incorrectly.

Here’s another example of a quartz slab that comes with much less pattern. But we can see there’s still a very poor seem job here.

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A photo of a white quartz worktop with a dark joint

The darker joint is very visible, and there shouldn’t be any reason for this. The joint should not be necessarily invisible as no seams are invisible. But there shouldn’t be such a drastic dark line across the worktop. That’s just a mis cut from the fabricator. It would be best if you did far better than this picture. Therefore, these are the types of concerns you should address with your worktop supplier before purchasing any stone. 

Deciding on the features of your Cambria Quartz Kitchen

Before deciding on what level of movement and what colour, you want to make sure that you have confidence that your worktop installer it’s up to reasonable standards when installation takes place. And you must know that nobody’s perfect. There will be mistakes. But you want to make sure that your worktop company will be able to stand behind them. 

Here’s just another example:

A marble worktop showing a joint with the pattern running in opposite directions

It is a marble kitchen worktop. But again you’ll see this joint not only has the movement not lining up, but we have the stone visibly running in two different directions. 

In this particular instance, most of our clients would not be thrilled with this outcome. And again, that’s why you must discuss the position of your worktop’s joints with your fabricator. We encourage you to have these conversations because the kitchen worktop is the central focal point of any kitchen refurbishment. You’re going to be spending a tremendous amount of money to put these when compared to many other projects you will take on around your house. It not a small expense, and you want to make sure that you get the desired results. 

It’s not because there’s always a clear cut and dry answer when pointing out a quartz joint. But it’s because this is a conversation you must have. And you want to make sure that your fabricator is taking these into account. In addition, you want to choose a fabricator that appreciates the final results to the same degree as you.

As you can see from the pictures, when we’re dealing with high movement slabs, it becomes essential to know how to utilize that material.

Similarly, it’s vital to understand how it will be laid out now by contrast. Here’s another product from the Cambria Quartz Collection that’s got much less movement to it. 

Cambria Whitney UK worktops have less pattern movement. Available at The Worktop Library in London

It’s a product that is more solid in colour. But we want to make sure we’re still having those joints correctly. Because you could still have a bad joint on this product. And when we don’t have any specific movement to it, there’s no particular direction. So we have a little bit more freedom as to how we utilize plain quartz colours. But even then, you may wish to have a chat with your London quartz worktop company that will install your kitchen quartz worktops. This way, you will know how you’re affected going from one slab to another.  

Quartz thicknesses when creating joints

Another critical aspect to consider. When looking at your quartz worktops or even your granite countertops is that you’re going to probably have two options regarding the thickness of the material. So if you go into a kitchen showroom and you’re dealing with somebody regarding your worktops, you’re going to discuss that thickness being available in two centimetre stone or three centimetres stone. 

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You should consider the quartz worktop thicknesses when creating joints.

When installing a 2-centimetre thick quartz worktop, we see that the edge detail becomes double this thickness. It is because we mitre the edge. That means that we’re making this piece, and we’re joining another part along the edges. That hides the plywood support. We put it underneath when we’re installing it on top of your cabinet base. Then, you have about a 3/4 inch plywood support that sits on top of the cabinets. And we put our two centimetres stone on top, helping reinforcement. 

It would help if you also considered any slight imperfections or inconsistencies in the cabinet boxes. They are part of any construction project. It can be the squareness of the rooms, the evenness of a floor, or even the exact precise measurements and dimensions of cabinets, etc. Also, four centimetres stone helps to hide any of these, giving you an excellent finish by contrast. And you also can get these stones in a 3 centimetre thick where the actual stone is thicker. But generally, when you see those, they will be directly installed on the cabinet. You will not have plywood support, and often you don’t have a laminated edge. 

Three centimetres worktop, two centimetres worktop. Which one should I choose? 

If you think that a three-centimetre worktop is better than two centimetres one, that is not necessarily true. 

We overwhelmingly install more with the two centimetres quartz and then even 40mm mitred edges. However, if you create a minimalistic kitchen, you may wish to consider 13mm quartz thickness.

Popular Quartz Edges

The edge most popular finish in 2021 is the Squared edge. It’s got a little bit more of a modern finish to it. But fifteen years ago, when we were installing a lot more granite, UK homeowners chose a more rounded bullnose edge. This happened because a bullnose edge is somewhat more decorative. 

Other types of edge such as an Ogee Edge or Chiselled edge married the natural stone look with a rough, rustic finish that also felt natural. 

But this year, overwhelmingly, people are choosing pencil edge, bevel edge and Squared edges. Because these edges offer very clean, modern tailored, look Cambria worktops. 

Cambria Quartz Quality

In our opinion, Cambria Quartz is one of the absolute Premier quartz brand options that you can get. 

It’s a beautiful product, and there aren’t many other brands like it. We’ve seen that even close to replicating the type of depth and movement that the Cambria Collection can achieve. And as previously mentioned, its quality is second to none. Not only that, but its production takes place in the United States, and that its national Safety food Council-Certified. In addition, it comes with a ten-year UK warranty that’s even transferable to a new owner. So, therefore, it has all of the things you could be looking for in terms of a worktop.

Finding a kitchen worktop supplier that understands how to place joints effectively

But you must be partnering with somebody who understands how to properly utilize this material. And also when it comes to installing it in the kitchen. Especially when you’re dealing with a much more expensive product than the vast majority of the other options. For a good reason, when you’re spending that kind of money on your material, you want to make sure that you’re partnering with somebody capable and qualified to be dealing with it. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending money on the product to get what you want, and then putting it in the hands of somebody that’s not going to make the absolute most of it. 

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Let us know, maybe what your favourite Cambria colours are? Have you seen them? If you’ve been out looking at Cambria, probably our personal favourite right now is Cambria Portrush. Because it’s got a beautiful blue veining through it and a marble white background. So, for all those choosing white kitchen cabinets with navy blue island cabinetry, maybe with gold hardware, this is a bespoke stone to fit that gorgeous look.

My name is Maria. And I’m here to help with all your worktop questions. So definitely, comment down below and let me know what else you need. And until next time, good luck with your project!

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