The world of interior design became a better place when quartz countertops became a real viable, stylish and functional contender for the those searching for a new surface for their kitchen.
Kitchen countertops are an important part of the kitchen, so when you begin the hunt for new tops you need to acknowledge the fact that kitchen countertops get used. A. LOT. Pretty much every activity, cooking or otherwise, happens on or around the kitchen counter.
From meal prep to homework doing and every soiree along the way, kitchen countertops see a lot of action on a daily basis. As enticing and exciting as natural stones like marble and granite are with their movement and elegance, one has to consider the upkeep they require. Natural stones are porous, meaning unless sealed regularly they can be stained easily.
Unlike natural stones, quartz countertops are man-made, engineered stone countertops comprised of about 90% quartz, (which is actually the hardest part of granite), and 10% resin or polymers. These stones are completely non-porous and require no sealing. For years quartz had a kind of ho-hum vibe because the offerings had a reputation of being somewhat boring and limiting, but today the world of quartz is broad and exciting.
Companies like Cambria, Silestone and Ceasarstone have really upped their game when it comes to quartz. All have a wide range of offerings and they are constantly adding to their collections allowing kitchen designs of any aesthetic (traditional, transitional or modern) to utilize their products.
When it comes to new countertops a lot of people struggle with the question, what is more important, function or aesthetics? Well, with today’s quartz offerings I’m happy to report you can have both! Below are just some of the reasons, quartz is a great countertop choice for todays kitchens.
Durability and ease-of-maintenance are probably the biggest advantages of quartz countertops. No sealing, no staining, no worries. Quartz countertops allow you to really live and enjoy your space without being a nervous wreck every time you host a party where red wine is served or your child wants to help you in the kitchen. There is definitely something very enticing and priceless about peace of mind.
Size really does matter when it comes to countertops. Today’s islands are getting bigger and bigger an often times once your island goes past 120″ or 10 feet your countertops will have to have a seam, where two pieces of stone are brought together to fit the space. Seams are not the end of the world, but they are also not ideal as they break up the flow and overall sleekness of a countertop. Last year Cambria introduced their Jumbo Slabs. These slabs are 65 1/2″ (5 1/2 feet) x 132″ (11 feet), which are some of the largest slabs offered in the industry. These new jumbo slabs will also you to capture a few more inches of precious counter space before the word “seam” has to even be discussed.
Natural stones can be wild in their veining and coloration. This type of drama can be ideal and a true selling point if the countertops were designed to carry the focal weight of the kitchen, However, a lot of people are weary of the randomness, because you never know where a random blob or lack of movement will pop up. When selecting any countertop it is important to see the actual slab you will be purchasing before pulling the trigger. However, with quartz what you see on a small 4″ x 4″ sample is what you could. The pattern, color and movement, big or small is repeated over and over again, so there are no surprises.
Well, there you have it – quartz has come a long way and is a great option to consider when looking at countertops for your home. Below are a few questions people ask about quartz countertops:
What are quartz countertops made of? or How are quartz countertops made?
Quartz countertop installation or How to install quartz countertop?
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