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The Ultimate Quartz Alternatives Product Guide


As the Quartz industry spirals indefinitely out of control, the design world looks for alternatives that are not commodities caught up in a war of trade and arrogance. Simultaneously, countertop fabricators and millworkers alike are looking for materials that are unfettered with cost uncertainty and impending penalties on already installed materials. Companies are scrambling to set up quartz manufacturing here in the US, but the reality is that there are already suitable alternatives here.
 

We have pulled together a list of some great alternatives to quartz that are beautiful, have exceptional performance and will get you ahead of the surfacing design curve and out of the quartz quandary.

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Why PaperStone is Your Domestic Quartz Alternative

Pardon our stars, but why the **** are you still using quartz for your countertops?! It's time to use PaperStone, and we'll tell you why. 

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Terrible Tariffs and What it Means for You

The latest on the quartz tariff saga. Grab some aspirin - you're about to have a serious headache. 

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Biomimicry and Building Materials - What You Need to Know

Imagine spending four billion years in school.  That is a lot of education, and it forms the baseline for everything around us as we know it. For billions of years, nature has been adapting and evolving to changing temperatures, sea levels, climates, canopies and weather patterns, constantly learning and adjusting to survive.

 

Building has evolved for a few thousand years, starting with rocks, peaking with glass-clad high rises across the globe, and now settling back into an attempted harmony with nature.  

 

We are optimistic about the trend of bringing nature into the space through Biophilic Design, and we are eager to see more widespread adoption of Biomimicry on its heels.  

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A Whizard in a Blizzard -  A 2-Day Crash Course in Improving Building Materials Marketing

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Venturing out to Boulder, CO the day before a bomb cyclone to meet with a group of building materials suppliers and marketing gurus may not appear to be the most sound of decisions.  We are all experts in our field and run companies brilliantly, so what could we possibly learn from a LinkedIn pontificator with over 300 pairs of socks and a packed agenda of marketing techniques which we have all heard of and implemented to some degree already?  

A lot.

In this blog post, we'll recap the most important takeaways from the 2019 Whizard Summit Event and the top three things we plan on implementing based off what we learned. 

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Construction Downturn - Are You Ignoring It?

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Reports are coming out about slowed construction starts and new home sales dropping.  Are you paying attention? Are you protecting your business? Or are you shrugging it off and saying it is just a temporary correction?

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UPDATE: Quartz Companies Coalesce - Calling Out Cambria

And just when I thought surfacing was pretty boring, this Quartz countertop thing is blowing up!

An industry that rests on its laurels and has largely been running to the bank in a boom construction market for the last 7+ years, has had to stop and smell the roses.  And those are some thorny roses.

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UPDATE: Trifecta of Tariffs Take Down Quartz Surfacing

The quartz tariff saga continues. Here is everything that you need to know about quartz countertops and why they just got really, really expensive:

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