The Zodiac counter top is a quartz countertop made by the big chemical company DuPont. This is the same company that makes Corian solid-surface countertops.
Quartz countertops are a man-made surface combining natural quartz (an element found in granite) mixed with a binding resin and colored dyes. This process forms a very hard and durable surface that is similar to granite in look, feel and performance.
Zodiac counter tops are an excellent choice for anywhere in your home: kitchen countertops, kitchen island, bathroom vanity, wet bar or wine cellar and even for a backsplash, but they cannot be used for an outdoor kitchen because the dyes in the resin will fade and yellow with exposure to sunlight.
Zodiac, Cambria and Silestone countertops are all essentially the same product. They are all quartz countertops made in essentially the same manner.
Zodiac, Silestone and Cambria are simply brand names marketed by different companies with Silestone by far the leader in the market with the most distributors, more efficient production and more colors to choose from.
Deciding which product/company to buy will likely come down to color choices and availability from you local fabricator or distributor. Depending on your area, it may be more difficult to find a certified Zodiaq installer than say a Silestone installer.
30 Zodiac countertop colors are currently available from including whites, tans, ocean blues, rusty reds, sea greens and blacks, but they are making more.
Pattern. Similar to Silestone and Cambria,
Zodiac counter tops have consistent patterns across the entire surface.
Comparing these to the infinite variety of granite patterns, quartz countertops can seem a bit boring.
They look very nice, of course, but you won't find a pattern with "movement" like granite if you like that.
Preference. However, many people prefer the same pattern over the entire countertop surface. And one advantage is that Zodiac counter top slabs can be easily matched up without a shift in the pattern or color that can happen with granite at the seams.
Resistant Not Invincible. Zodiac countertops are extremely resistant to chemicals, heat and scratching (just like granite); but they are not heat or scratch proof and can be damaged by intense heat or certain chemicals and food products such as, wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice, coffee, soda, some fruits and vegetables if these substances are left to dry.
This may sound like all you’re able to do is “look” at your beautiful countertops but, don’t worry.
The truth is that you would have to try very hard and be very neglectful to do any real damage to quartz countertops, but it is possible, so....
Always use cutting boards for food prep, trivets under hot pots and pans and wipe up spills before they dry.
Daily cleaning for Zodiac countertops is a snap. Hot water and a sponge are sufficient for keeping things tidy.
Since the major component of Zodiac is quartz, the best practice for general cleaning is to use a natural stone cleaner like Stone PLUS Cleaner... the brand we find to be the most effective and cheaper than most other cleaners!
Do not use abrasive powders such as Comet or abrasive scratch pads.
For more Do’s & Don’ts and general countertop maintenance, go to Care & Cleaning.
It's All Marketing. Despite marketing efforts by makers of quartz countertops to try and convince you otherwise, there isn’t any significant difference regarding performance, function, cleaning or price between granite and Zodiac or other brands of quartz countertops.
Once this is understood, the decision between granite and Zodiac countertops comes down to color, pattern and perceived value for most buyers.
Value & Options. As mentioned Zodiac quartz countertops have a limited color palette compared to granite, but a broad range is available to suit many design themes. Granite enjoys a greater “prestige,” if you will, due to it’s natural uniqueness and therefore, a greater perceived value.
However, quartz countertops are excellent countertops with qualities as good as granite. So if you find that perfect color and pattern from Zodiac, then you can bet you’ll be very satisfied.
For more on this topic go to the: counter tops materials comparison page.
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QUESTION: I gave a zodiac countertops on my kitchen island that is a dark burgandy. The cooking range is in the center of the quartz countertop. …