January 30, 2017 9:53 pm
It’s official: Quartz is the new Granite!
Quartz Countertops are fast-becoming one of the most popular choices for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry spaces, and it’s no wonder why. They’re a versatile, attractive countertop solution that fit in beautifully in custom homes as well as commercial spaces. Here are seven things to know about the Next Big Thing in countertops.
1. Quartz is actually a manufactured product.
Although “quartz” the stone is a natural byproduct of the earth, quartz countertops are actually a manmade product! The blend is typically somewhere in the neighborhood of 95% ground natural quartz stone to about 5% hard polymer resin, depending on the brand and model.
2. They’re nearly indestructible.
Perhaps the biggest selling feature of quartz is its near-indestructability. It’s far, far harder than natural stone countertops like marble and granite and is very resistant to chipping, and cracks. In fact, some quartz countertops even come with a warranty!
3. It’s a non-porous material.
Because of the polymer resin used to make quartz countertops, they’re resistant to absorbing anything. That means you don’t have to worry about stains, odors, or bacteria, even on a white countertop, over the life of the product.
4. Quartz requires special installers.
Unlike some other countertop materials, quartz is a little finicky to install. Putting in manufactured quartz countertops isn’t a job for a weekend do-it-yourselfer, and most quartz countertop engineers actually certify their own installers to ensure the job’s done right.
5. It’s very heavy!
Quartz countertops are naturally very, very heavy. That weight is part of the reason they’re so long-lasting! It also means you may need to reinforce cabinets or islands to support the extra weight, so be sure to have your install area inspected before ordering a large slab.
6. It’s not as expensive as you think.
When it first hit the market in the 1990s and early 2000s, quartz countertops were one of the most expensive finishes you could buy. No longer! Because of its growing popularity, the price of quartz has dropped dramatically and is now on par with other high-end finishes like granite.
7. Quartz countertops come in a huge range of colors.
One of the biggest advantages to quartz over granite is the wide array of colors the material comes in. Since it’s not dictated by what’s made by nature, quartz countertops can be made in any blend of finishes, and you don’t have to worry that the “slab” you see in the showroom won’t match the actual one installed in your home since it’s a manmade product.
More questions about quartz? Craftmark Solid Surfaces is your choice for quartz countertops in Atlanta, and has been for over 30 years. Our experts can walk you through the entire process, from selection to installation, and help you find a quartz countertop that matches your style as well as your budget.
Visit our virtual showroom today to start dreaming about which quartz countertop will look best in your home!
This post was written by cmadmin