Cambria Frequently Asked Questions

Cambria is a natural, quartz surfacing product that has a variety of uses in your home such as countertops, floor tile, vanities, fireplace surrounds, wet bars, showers, etc. It has the natural look and feel of granite, but with superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is nonporous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite does. And best of all, it is maintenance-free.

Cambria is pure, natural quartz, a stone right from the earth. Quartz is one of the hardest and most common minerals on earth, giving Cambria the rare combination of superior beauty and strength.

Cambria is quartz, a natural stone. You get the look and feel of granite, but it is nonporous and maintenance free. Just wash it with warm water, use mild soap if desired. Cambria won’t stain, and it never needs sealing or reconditioning. Granite is a porous stone. It needs to be sealed regularly with a chemical treatment. It can absorb liquids and food, risking potential staining and bacterial growth in the countertop.

Cambria is pure natural quartz, a stone crystal mined from the earth. Corian® is 100% plastic polymer, it has NO stone in it. Cambria gives you the timeless beauty of natural stone with a harder and more durable surface.

Cambria is the ONLY quartz surface produced in the United States of America; all of the other quartz products are imported. Therefore, Cambria’s color options are also significantly different, reflecting our knowledge and responsiveness to the American marketplace. Additionally, Cambria is a family owned company with more than 60 years of manufacturing experience.

Generally, Cambria prices are comparable to granite and other high-end countertop options. Our trade customers such as kitchen and bath dealers, fabricators, and contractors establish Cambria retail prices. Cambria works hard to provide simple pricing to all of our trade customers. For example, unlike other products, all Cambria colors are sold at the same price. Because most other products have complex pricing schemes that vary by color and edge, we recommend that you compare quotes for various surface options to correctly evaluate Cambria pricing.

Yes. Cambria is pure natural quartz with a small amount of pigments and an epoxy resin. It contains no soft minerals like granite. The unique process results in a natural stone product of uncommon beauty and superior strength. It’s twice as strong as granite and is nonporous.

No. Cambria is pure, natural quartz. Quartz is the extremely hard mineral that gives Cambria its strength. Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities. Cambria is not synthetic. It actually has more of the pure natural quartz that you want.

The Cambria facility produces natural quartz into slabs. We take pure natural quartz and combine it with a small amount of pigment and resin to create a slab of uncommon beauty and strength. This is done in our facility in LeSueur, Minnesota, the only one of its kind in the United States. By recombining the quartz in our facility, we are able to recreate the slabs to make them nonporous, strong and compact.

Cambria is an excellent surface choice for a wide variety of uses, including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, shower and tub surrounds, furniture tabletops and accent pieces, fireplace surrounds, desk tops, wet bar areas, and window sills. Cambria is available in 1cm, 2cm, and 3cm thickness. Many fabricators also offer edges that create the appearance of a thicker slab.

Beauty – Cambria is available in a wide variety of designer colors. Cambria offers three distinct color collections that boast the natural beauty and variation of quarry cut stone.
Strong – Diamond-like hardness, superior strength. Cambria is twice as strong as granite.
Maintenance-free – No sealing or polishing required. Simply wash it with warm water, use mild soap if desired. It’s that simple.
Food safe – Cambria is nonporous and has been certified by NSF International for food and splash zones. Rest assured, there is no safer surface for consumers.
Stain resistant – Cambria will resist stains from common household items such as coffee, tea, and wine.
Guaranteed – Cambria is the only producer of quartz surfaces in the United States. Cambria is covered by a Lifetime Limited Warrranty.

No, Cambria is maintenance free because it is nonporous. Simply wipe it up with warm water, use mild soap if desired. So unlike granite, it does NOT require regular sealing and is resistant to staining.

Cambria is structurally more resistant to surface damage than other stone. However, all stone can be damaged by excessive force or pressure.

Natural stone surfaces can be damaged by sudden and rapid change of temperature especially near the edges, as well as direct or sustained heating of the top. Cambria may not withstand the direct transfer of heat from pots and pans and other cooking units such as electric frying pans and griddles, and some crock-pots or roaster ovens and heat lamps. Therefore, the use of a hot pad or trivet is always recommended.

No. The use of a hot pad or trivet is always recommended.

Cambria is stain resistant. These materials do not leave stains on Cambria. Cambria’s nonporous surface provides resistance to staining and eliminates the need for any sealing. Its nonporous surface also greatly reduces the potential for bacterial growth from food absorbing in your countertop.

Yes, Cambria is nonporous and has been certified by NSF International* for food and splash zones in commercial kitchens. That is the same certification as stainless steel. There is no safer countertop for food preparation.
* NSF International is The Public Health and Safety Company™

Yes, Cambria’s natural quartz and rich colors go all the way through the material.

Cambria is a hard, dense and nonporous material that is consistent throughout its composition, making it more dependable in color, durability and fabrication than other stone materials.

Cambria is a natural stone product that does require seams for any application longer than 120.5″ or wider than 53″. These seams are generally visible, but often less noticeable than a typical granite seam. Where there are seams the product pattern and shade can change (countertops).

No. Not a plastic integrated sink like Corian®. However, most under-mount sinks have the same advantage of not having a caulked lip on top of your countertop and allow you to wipe food and liquids directly into your sink.

Cambria can be used with any under-mount or drop in sink, including stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain, or solid surface. Farm sinks can also be used.

Cambria offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty for product defects for as long as the original owner owns the product.