The Zodiac counter top is a quartz countertop made by DuPont which also makes Corian solid-surface countertops. In the following guide, we'll explore the pros and cons, colors, cleaning and cost of Zodiaq for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Quartz countertops are a man-made surface combining natural quartz (an element found in granite) with binding resins 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. They cannot be used for an outdoor kitchen as the dyes in the resin will fade and turn yellow with exposure to sunlight.
Zodiaq, Cambria and Silestone countertops are all essentially the same product. All are quartz countertops made in essentially the same manner.
Zodiaq, Silestone, Caesarstone 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 or company to buy from 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 Dupont Zodiaq installer than say a Silestone installer.
45 Zodiaq quartz colors are currently available including whites, tans, ocean blues, rusty reds, sea greens and blacks, but they are making more.
Patterns are similar to Silestone and Cambria in that most Zodiaq counters have consistent patterns across the entire surface. Comparing these to the infinite variety of granite patterns, quartz countertops can seem a bit limited.
They look very nice, of course, but you won't find as many patterns with "movement" like granite if you like that.
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. Zodiaq countertops are extremely resistant to chemicals, heat and scratching (just like granite), but they are not heat and scratch-proof and can be damaged by intense heat which may burn the resin.
Certain chemicals can also discolor (often permanently) Zodiac counter tops including some typical household cleaners. It's impossible to list all that will or won't damage quartz, but see out tips just below.
Many believe that quartz countertops are basically indestructible and nearly maintenance-free, but that is not really accurate.
A Quartz countertop is an excellent and durable surface, but no surface is perfect. All countertop materials are susceptible to damage in one way or another.
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 a Zodiac counter top is a snap. Hot water and a sponge are sufficient for keeping things tidy followed by an appropriate cleaner on a daily or as-needed basis.
It's best to use a quality natural stone cleaner. Since the major component of Zodiaq is quartz (a natural stone element), it makes sense to treat it like granite and avoid potential damage from use of the wrong cleaner.
Do not use abrasive powders such as Comet or abrasive scratch pads. Do not use bleach or other common household cleaners which may be too caustic and discolor a quartz countertop.
For more Do’s & Don’ts and general bath & kitchen 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 Zodiaq or other brands of quartz countertops.
Once this is understood, the decision between granite and Zodiaq countertops comes down to color, pattern, and perceived value for most buyers.
Value & Options. As mentioned Zodiaq quartz countertops have a limited color palette compared to granite, but a broad palette 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 fantastic countertops with qualities as good as granite. So if you find that perfect color and pattern from Dupont Zodiaq, then you can bet you’ll be very satisfied.
For more on this topic go to the: counter tops materials comparison page.
The installation costs of Dupont Zodiaq counters run very similar to granite. Prices can vary quite a bit depending on specific color, edge style, the number of sink, faucet and cooktop cutouts, etc.
Expect to pay between $45-$120 per square foot with an average around $50-$65 sq. ft. Also, prices and averages can vary based on the region of the country.