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Quartz Countertops Choice

  • Listed: April 3, 2019 12:49 am

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Read on for help picking one to match your budget, your cooking and cleaning needs, and your style. Granite-like movement in black and gray gives this quartz countertop a bold, traditional look. And though the added resins make them more flexible, they, too, can crack if not properly handled. Quartz countertop manufacturers provide warranties ranging from 10 or 15 years to lifetime, depending on the company. Surface stains can be removed with a gentle cleansing scrub.But even with standard slabs, typically 60 by 120 inches, the seams can be almost imperceptible; added resins allow cleaner cuts without chipping as stone does.

And it’s versatile enough to be used on floors and walls—fabricators can even cut the slabs into standard tile sizes. Direct sun beating down on it day after day can cause colors to fade or the countertop to warp or split over time. If you’re using multiple slabs, consider asking the fabricator to get them from the same manufacturing batch to ensure the best possible match. The fabricator lays the slab directly on top of cabinets; in general, no plywood underlayment is required. Undermount sinks are installed with clips (and sometimes wood braces) that attach to the underside of the countertop.These opulent tops would add a dramatic look to a small kitchen island, a built-in bar, or a powder-room vanity. A washstand-style curved backsplash behind the range adds a vintage note. Here, the dark countertop pairs with the lighter perimeter cabinets. Just be sure to clean up bleach spills quickly to prevent damage. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which typically requires a new protective top coat at least once a year. But that’s a moot point now, with all the manufacturers offering multihued slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. So if it’s the look of matte limestone, textured slate, or glossy granite that you want, there’s a quartz countertop for you. We’ll go over the pros and cons of quartz countertops so you can make the best choice. Pigments added during the process impart color to the countertop. Avoid scouring pads, which can dull the surface, and harsh chemicals that could break down the bonds between the quartz and resins.

Resin binders make quartz counters nonporous, so stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew can’t penetrate the surface. Some makers offer jumbo slabs for uninterrupted runs of countertop. The resins also make quartz more flexible than natural stone, allowing fabricators to bend and shape it into sinks or the sides of a curved island. Quartz counters are heat and scorch resistant, but only up to a point. Install it outdoors in an uncovered area, and you’ll void the warranty. Currently, none of the major manufacturers offers an outdoor-approved quartz counter. Unless you are keeping existing fixtures, you supply the dimensions for the sink and faucet cutouts as well as any drop-in appliances, such as a cooktop. Assuming your base cabinets are in and your kitchen is otherwise complete, the fabricator can get the slab from the distributor or direct from the manufacturer and shape it to your specs in about a week. It’s held in place with silicone-based construction adhesive, and any seams between slabs are filled with color-matched epoxy resin. Expect installation for a typical kitchen to take from a few hours to a day. Added resins work like a glue to bind the gems together into a continuous countertop while also making it stain and scratch resistant. Keep in mind that the more complex the edge, the higher the cost. Open shelves and painted cabinets with bin-pull drawer hardware add to the kitchen’s homey appeal.

YellowRivergranitewithgray Quartz Countertops Choice

Home-furnishings manufacturers are also catching on to the pluses of quartz. Get a custom-look vanity for less by wedding a prefab counter (sink included) with a stock cabinet. Their primary ingredient is ground quartz (about 94 percent), combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. In the past, the biggest knock against quartz was that it lacked the patterns and color variations you get with natural stone. Our licensed, bonded and insured marble granite countertop installers are able to do installations for commercial and residential clients. And since we are the fabricators of our granite countertops and have an installation crew, you won’t have to worry about the over-charging middleman.

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