Granite Britain is Manchester's Approved Fabricator of Zodiaq.
WHAT IS ZODIAQ?
Zodiaq is an composite material made of 93% quartz, a DuPont proprietary binding polymer and pigments developed for one purpose: to create a new material with its own depth and
character and a unique aesthetic, suggesting a sense of luxury. With a cool, fresh, sparkling look, Zodiaq catches and reflects light, capturing the radiance of quartz crystal. Zodiaq also has unusual clarity and consistency of colour. Zodiaq® is the original quartz surface material made by DuPont.
Quartz is extremely hard, with unusual depth, clarity and radiance. More reasons why DuPont selected quartz as the core ingredient for Zodiaq.
Quartz is one of the most varied minerals, occurring in different types, colours and forms, each with its own unique appearance. It is found in the ground, in sand, in rocks - in nearly every geological environment around the world. It is a crystal with many facets in its original form, giving it a radiance similar to that of diamonds. It provides rich aesthetics coupled with extraordinary strength and durability.
The colours of Zodiaq
The Zodiaq by Dupont Concrete Block Series gives strength and solidity in neutral tones.
Chalk White, Sand Beige, Clay Brown, Concrete Grey, Gravel Grey, Charcoal Black, Riviera Biege, Argil Brown, Jade Green, Mahogany Brown, Steel Blue, Twany Brown.
The Zodiaq Metro Series for a stylish, cosmopolitan appearance, yet with a serene spirit.
Alabaster, Papyrus, Sterling.
The Zodiaq Terra Series, inspired by nature to give a traditional, elegant look.
Cygnus Pearl, Alpha Brown, Copper Sunset, Vela Brown, Borealis Blue, Meteor Grey, Space Black, Galaxy Black.
The Zodiaq Graphica Series for more modern approach. Distinctive and bold.
Vortex Black, Storm Grey, Magellan Green, Indus Red, Snow White, Cloud White, Celestial Blue.
Zodiaq stands out for its superior strength and durability. Because it is made of quartz, Zodiaq has exceptional toughness. This makes Zodiaq extremely resistant to scratches, chips, cracks or dulling. Zodiaq can be cut and installed to meet design requirements with precision, uniformity and consistency. Colours and patterns run all the way through the material and cannot wear off. Zodiaq is dense and stain resistant, with NO SEALING REQUIRED. It survives the impact, nicks and cuts that can occur with daily wear and tear. Zodiaq complies with
existing class 1 standards for flame resistance and fire safety.
Zodiaq worktops are hygienic because the material is non-porous; bacteria and mould have nowhere to hide. Inert, non-toxic, chemically non-reactive, the hygienic properties of Zodiaq are certified by an independent laboratory using an Internationally recognized standard method (DIN EN ISO 846).
Workable like stone
Zodiaq quartz Worktops can be fit and cut, utilizing the same tools used when working with anymarble or stone, to meet exacting requirements with precision, uniformity and consistency. Zodiaqcan be machined, sandblasted and inlaid.
Zodiaq offers consistency of structure and aesthetics, ensuring a coherent appearance throughout an installation. In addition, proprietary pigment-polymer technology from DuPont helps ensure uniformity of colours.
Zodiaq is manufactured by DuPont. The three main ingredients quartz, pigments and the proprietary polymer are thoroughly mixed in the first step of the process. This mixture is subsequently moved to the so-called ‘lay-down’ area where the mixture is molded and shaken (vibro-compacted) in a vacuum. This process defines the rough size of the slab in the mold, then compresses all the raw materials together while removing any mixed-in air, effecting the strength and homogeneity of the final product. The slabs move to the curing tower in which the uncured proprietary resin transforms into solid polymer. Subsequently the slabs go through a series of wet abrasive grinding steps. The first step is designed to gauge the slab to the desired thickness. In the next steps finer abrasives are used to obtain the final surface gloss. The slabs are then cut to size and moved to a manufacturing shop.
Zodiaq can be used in wall cladding, worktops, reception counters, windowsills, bar tops, vanity tops, wet areas, tabletops,sales counters and lab tables. Zodiaq is equally effective in residential environments, whether contemporary or classic in style.
Slab sizes and colours
All the Zodiaq colours are available in 20 and 30 mm thickness. Slab dimensions are 1320 mm wide and 3000 mm long. Zodiaq is available in over 20 colours.
Hobs and sink cutouts
Radius corners are recommended on all cutouts. A minimum clearance of 3 mm space should be left on all sides to allow for cooktop and sink expansion.
Cutouts have to be supported on all sides within 7.5 cm of the edge of the cutout. Undermounted sinks should be supported with brackets.
The DuPont 10-year Limited Installed Warranty is applicable only when Zodiaq has been installed
and manufactured by authorized installers and manufacturers.
Zodiaq must be cut to size, shaped and polished with the appropriate diamond tooling and needs to be done with enough water to keep the surface and the resin cool. Joints must be colour matched with a two part polyester adhesive and filled through the entire seam thickness. Joints must be supported front to back. In addition, any seams that extend into an overhang should fall onto a support. All inside corners of one-piece L, U, etc. shaped tops should have a minimum 6mm radius to reduce corner stresses.
All top and bottom edges of straight-edge profiles should be broken to a minimum of 1.5 mm radius or chamfer.
With simple care, Zodiaq will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, use a damp white cloth and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive liquid household cleanser or a household vinegar/water solution (always follow the
manufacturer’s dilution instructions). Even though Zodiaq® resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible. For stubborn spills, use a household vinegar cleaner together with a non-abrasive cleaning pad.
Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue and dry with a white paper towel or a white cloth. Repeat if necessary. Avoid using cleansers that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer's use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products. As with any surface, an accumulation of dirt over time will necessitate periodic cleaning to remove surface contamination. The visibility of surface contamination will depend on both the colour of the surface and the finish used. For example, in matt finished products some surface contamination (such as grease from fingerprints) may be more visible compared to similar contamination in high gloss finished products.
Consequently the frequency of routine cleaning required may be dependent on both the colour and surface finish selected .
Sometimes spills occur and dry on the worktop. Materials that harden as they dry, such as gum, food containing natural dyes (mustard, curry etc.), grease, nail polish or paint etc., should be removed by gently scraping away the residue material with a blunt plastic scraper. Then the quartz surface shouldbe cleaned with a household vinegar/water solution (always follow the manufacturer’s dilution instructions) or with a non-abrasive cleaning pad together with a non-bleach, non-abrasive liquid household cleanser and rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Surface should be dried with a clean white paper towel or white cloth. Repeat if necessary with a household vinegar cleaner. Permanent markers/inks and some chemicals, solvents or dyes may cause permanent discolouration to the surface and should be avoided. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, wipe up immediately and rinse with plenty
of water. Then clean with a household vinegar cleaner. If stain persists, the supplier and/or installer of the Zodiaq quartz surfaces should be contacted for further assistance.
Cuts or scratches
Quartz is one of the hardest materials in nature. That’s why the Zodiaq® surface will not easily scratch or chip. The use of a cutting board is nevertheless recommended.
Resistance to heat Quartz is one of the hardest materials in nature, which ensures that a Zodiaq surface will withstand limited exposure to normal cooking temperatures from pots, pans and dishes. To maintain the natural beauty of Zodiaq, DuPont recommends that hot skillets or roasting pans are not put directly onto the surface but placed on a trivet or hot pad instead.
Resistance to stains and chemicals Zodiaq is non-porous, so spills and stains are not absorbed into the surface, making it stain-resistant.
However, certain aggressive chemicals, solvents or dyes, especially paint removers, car battery liquid or furniture strippers, may cause permanent damage to a Zodiaq surface. Products containing bleach, permanent markers and printing inks should also be avoided.