Quartz is well known as a popular, beautiful, and durable countertop material. But it’s also versatile when used as a tile in applications such as wall cladding. The same durable, low maintenance,and attractive material can be used to create unique and low maintenance wall designs in homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses.
Quartz wall cladding fills a need for many areas for attractive, durable wall coverings that have personality and style, while also being easy to work with and install.
Benefits of Using Quartz
Many people are aware of the fact that quartz makes a fantastic material for countertops. It’s durable, low maintenance, attractive, and comes in a wide range of different colors and styles. All of those attributes apply when using quartz as a wall cladding as well.
Walls don’t often get as much attention as other areas such as countertops and flooring. In many cases wall material is seen as not needing to be as low maintenance or durable, when in fact the opposite is often true.
When used in wet areas like showers and bathrooms, quartz cladding excels. The material is water resistant and does not absorb moisture, so it is unlikely to darken on contact, to stain, spall, or experience the issues that many natural stone cladding products will.
When used in areas that see a lot of traffic or that have furniture that impacts the walls regularly, quartz also helps protect against damage. Quartz will not chip or peel the way that paint will if a chair is pushed against it too hard. Scuff marks from shoes or umbrellas are easily cleaned away with no damage done to the wall, and the entire surface is easy to care for and clean. No special cleansers are needed and no special clothes or materials are necessary, making quartz an easy to care for material in even commercial or wet spaces.
Best of all, quartz can be found in numerous colors, patterns, and styles. This means that you can customize the look of the wall. Cut the panels into different shapes and create a pattern with a single color. Or, mix two or more colors together to create a completely unique and new design. Quartz can be mixed and matched must like ceramic or porcelain tile, but comes in much larger panels. This means more customization for shapes and sizes, fewer joints between the panels, and a smoother, more contemporary surface.
Finally, the edges of quartz cladding are created to be ultra smooth, meaning that the pieces can be laid butt-edged together. While ceramic tile needs space to prevent damage, some types of stone need additional space to prevent off-setting of the joints over time, and large-format porcelain can create lippage issues on walls, quartz can be butt-edged for smooth, sleek installations.
Applications for Quartz Wall Cladding
Unlike some wall claddings made of natural stone or stone veneers, quartz can be used nearly anywhere. The cladding is non porous, and can be installed in wet areas like showers. It can also be used in areas like kitchen backsplashes, mudrooms, hallways, and other areas where traditional claddings may fail.
A few unique ways to use quartz wall cladding include:
- Creating shower benches in the same material, color, and style, as the shower walls
- Lining the risers of stair treads to create a sleek and contemporary appearance
- Lining the backs of mudrooms cubbies and wall hooks
- Facing the backs of niches and bookcases
- Creating a durable and contemporary chair rail area for dining rooms, breakfast nooks, and busy restaurants
- Around fireplace surrounds
- Creating unique room and wall dividers
- Cladding columns and half walls
Quartz wall cladding cuts and installs like large format tile. It can therefore be used in all the same applications, including those that would benefit from an exceptionally durable, waterproof, and low maintenance material, such as wet rooms and showers.
The panels can be cut into different sizes and shapes, allowing you to create unique wall patterns, and to cover large areas quickly, with fewer joints.
Consider Cladding Your Walls in Quartz
Wall cladding has long been associated with traditional materials and formal styles, which makes it a poor fit for contemporary spaces that would otherwise benefit. Quartz wall cladding can bring those benefits to all styles of spaces, including modern and contemporary designs, and to wet areas that need the same style and benefits.
Whether you’re installing quartz cladding in a commercial setting, or a residential one, its durability, low maintenance care, and high style make it an ideal choice for all wall applications. Consider quartz for all your wall cladding applications to get the many benefits this versatile material can bring.