Although Curava is technically not quartz. Like many quartz producers, Curava makes its engineered stone materials using a resin bond and pigments. However, instead of using quartz, recycled glass is used. Since curava is made using recycled glass, it is a cost effective solution for modern looking kitchens. Additionally, this engineered stone offers a variety of edge profiles. Curava has been installed in 44 states as of the time of writing.
According to the Curava care instructions, their product is virtually maintenance free and can easily be cleaned. The care and maintenance page makes the following statement:
The composition of Curava ensures that your countertop will be low maintenance as well as resistant to scratches and stains. Curava also has excellent heat resistance, but is NOT heat or fracture proof.
So, what is the selection like?
Available Curava Colors
Curava has a few collections of surfaces. Here is a list of the colors they offer:
- Custom Colors (Commercial Projects Only)
Edge Profile Options
In addition to a variety of colors from which to choose, Curava also offers an array of edges. Here are the edge options:
- Full Bullnose
- 1/4" Bevel
- Half Bullnose
Curava offers a 15 year warranty on its products. Here is the information that is on their website:
Curava Corporation warrants our surfacing material will be free of manufacturing defects for a period of 15 years from the date of installation. After Curava Corp and any of its authorized agents or fabricators verify that there is a manufacturing defect within the warranty period, Curava Corp will, at its...
Care & Maintenance
As a general rule, quartz is relatively easy to take care of; caring for Curava is similar. If you follow some basic, simple rules, you can clean it with warm water and mild soap. However, it can be temperamental if you begin using strong chemicals on it or leaving home made concoctions on the surface for long periods of time. Caring for Curava is simple as well. Here are some basics when it comes to maintaining the look of your Curava surface:
- Using warm water and mild soap, clean up any spills quickly.
- For cleaning up dried on spills, use a cleaner designed for cleaning resin-based surfaces.
- Avoid using harsh household chemicals such as; cleaners containing bleach or ammonia. Along those same lines, do not use solvents.
However, there are other substances that can cause discolorations on your Curava surface. For the varieties of things that can stain your surfaces, it is good to look into the various types of stain removal products and cleaners.
Caring for your Curava is an important aspect of owning it, but you have to have it installed first. So let's briefly take a look at how the Curava surface gets installed in the first place.
How to Install
If you have your eye on new quartz countertops in your kitchen or bathroom and have decided on Curava for the hard surfaces, then you may be interested in finding out what goes into installing Curava. Even if you do not want to know how to install Curava so that you can install it yourself it is still wise to research it. Why?
Even if you are having a fabrication professional install your Curava surfaces, knowing what the project consists of can help you understand the pricing, timing, and scope of what you are having done. Here are the steps for how to install Curava countertops.
- Having the proper tools - if you are installing the Curava, you will need to be sure you have these tools and supplies before you begin installing the Curava. However, if you are having it installed, the fabrication professional has most likely already invested in these tools and has them for the install.
- Measure your space - measure out the stone and mark the slab(s) for cutouts like the sink hole and the faucet holes. This can be tricky and will require more tools. In fact, the additional tools are specifically made for this purpose.
- Setting the Curava - after measuring the area to see where the cuts need to be made, lay out your Curava on the base without any adhesive. This will allow you to get a good idea of how well the Curava will fit.
- Install your backsplash - if you have elected to have a backsplash installed with your Curava surface, you will install it after the surface has been installed. Choosing the proper backsplash for your Curava surface plays a key role in the appeal of your project.
Installing Curava countertops is not a project that will take only one afternoon. In fact, the whole process takes multiple days because the consequences are huge if there is a mistake. So, if you are installing your Curava yourself, be sure you set aside plenty of time for the task. Otherwise, you may end up overloading yourself and having to hire a fabricator anyway. Additionally, if you are going the do-it-yourself route, you will want to be sure you have the correct tools for the job; all of which are available through distributors you can find here on our website.
We offer a wide selection of products that can be used once you know how to install Curava countertops; and that includes installing Curava surfaces. When you go to install the slab, be sure you have all the right tools for the project. Here are some reminders for installing Curava & stone surfaces.
Sure, We have diamond blades that are designed to cut Curava slabs. Even stone that is harder than Curava can be cut with the Grey Leopard diamond blade. It is by no means the only blade that we offer to cut Curava surfaces, but it does well. Another blade that cuts Curava as discussed on other websites is the White Lion. The White Lion is the "king of the jungle" when it comes to hard stone cutting blades.
Another tool that is required for installing Curava is polishing pads (that is if you want a polished finish). Weha offers a number of polishing pads that work well for Curava surfaces. Depending on whether the polishing is done in a wet environment or dry environment, there are multiple choices. Here are some specifics:
Reminders for Installing Stone
- Know which type of edge the customer wants on the countertop when they install the material.
- Do you have the proper sink clips that are needed for the installation?
- What type of sink will the countertop have? Is there one in particular that compliments the Curava collection you are installing?
- Make sure you are all set on dry polishing pads just in case you have to touch up the surface during the install.
- If there is an overhang, have you included the the correct quality countertop support brackets for the installation?