Vals Quartzite

Vals Quartzite 

Quarried in the Swiss Alps.

Suitable for interior & exteriors applications even in freeze/thaw, salt rich winter enviroments.  

Prodominately grey with tonal range including blues, greens, white, and blacks.

Reflective silver mica and white quartz found throughout in varying degrees and patterns.  

Achieved architectural legendary status from the Priztker Prize winning Peter Zumthor's Therme Spa.  

Standard piece sizes & custom cut to size.  

Absorption by weight, mas %
0.40
Test Method:
C97
Density, min Ib/ft^3
160
Test Method:
C97
Compressive strength, min psi
19.000
Test Method:
C170
Modulus of Rupture, min psi
1.500
Test Method:
C99
Abrasion resistance, min H
25
Test Method:
C241/C1353
Flexural strength, min psi
1.200
Test Method:
C880


Vals Quartzite Range Illustrated with Samples 

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Grey

 Characteristicly linear paterning 

Most abundant color in the quarry

Note: the area of samples in images shown here are 11"x8"


Green

More concentrated white quartz and silver mica content than grey range 

Your Quarra Sales Team member may refer to those white quartz swirls as "eyes" 

Paterning spectrum ranges from entirely "eyes" to linear

Note: the area of the samples shown here are 11"x8"

 

Marbleized

Rarely occuring in the quarry so try to give us a hearty heads-up for projects larger than 100,000 sf 

Characterist high contrast swirls 

Your Quarra Sales Team member might refer to the two categories as: AFG Marbleized and Almost Black Marbleized (see images below for differentiation)

 Note: the area of the samples shown here are 11"x8"

Vals Quartzite Standand Piece Sizes 

Allow us to suggest choosing a piece size from the choices below.  If your team's dreams fall outside of the choices below, don't sweat it, you can choose cut to size too!  Note,  the Vals Quartzite quarry proprieters extract blocks from their gorgeous mountainous quarry that average in size around 4'x5'x7'.  

Fleuri Cut – Flooring Tiles and Wall Panels

  • Thickness: 1.2 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm, 5 cm, 8 cm

  • Width: 30 cm, 40 cm, 50 cm (50 cm max width for 1.2 cm thick material), 60 cm (60 cm is max width to still utilize “standard” fabrication systems)

  • Length: Random Length 50-100 cm (for 1.2 cm thick material) and 50-120 cm for 2 cm +

  • Finishes: C120 Honed, C220 Honed, C320 Honed, Polished, Brushed, Sandblasted

  • Standard dimension fabrication is NOT cut from “slab” material where each slab is viewed and selected. It is fabricated on “tile fabrication lines” from smaller blocks where the width & thickness are cut at an efficient pace and later finished and randomly cut to length. Anything greater than 60 cm height is cut from slab material and there is a premium to do so.

 

Out-of-standard limitations/notes

Thickness: any thickness can be achieved as long as it is greater than 1.2 cm

Width: 100 cm maximum width. It is very difficult to supply a “medium-to-large” quantity at this width
Length: 305 cm maximum width. It is very difficult to supply a “medium-to-large” quantity at this length
It is easier to provide out-of-standard “large” pieces if smaller, standard sizes with the same cut/finish and similar quantities can also be utilized for the project
Example: Using 70 cm x 220 cm in one area and utilizing 30 cm x 85 cm in another area (or a pattern in unison with the larger piece) on the project

Vein Cut – Flooring Tiles (vein cut flooring tiles should only be used as interior), Wall
Panels and “Brick-like” Layered Masonry

· Standard Dimensions
o Thickness: 2 cm, 3 cm, 5 cm, 8 cm
o Width/height: 3.1 cm, 4.7 cm, 6.3 cm, 7.8 cm, 9.8 cm, 11.6 cm, 15 cm, 30 cm (30
cm is maximum height for all vein cut material)
o Length: Random Length 40-100 for 2 cm thick and 50-120 cm for 3 cm +
o Finishes: C120 Honed, C220 Honed, C320 Honed, Polished
· Out-of-standard limitations/notes
o Thickness – can be any thickness as long as it is greater than 2 cm
o Width: can be any width/height as long as it is less than 30 cm
o Length: can be fixed length as long as it is less than 100 cm for 2 cm thick material
or 120 for 3 cm + thick material

The stone is typically sealed and we do not have the “official” sealer but other projects have used:
DuPont StoneTech Professional Impregnator Pro Sealer . Again, we do not “officially” recommend this
as a proven product but it has been used on our projects with Vals Quartzite in the past.