Quartz Countertops: What You Need To Know

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Choosing a countertop for your kitchen can be a stressful decision. Counters have the potential to drastically alter a room's aesthetics. They are also a huge investment and need to be of a high enough quality or else they'll fall apart. One of the most popular types of countertops currently being sold today is the quartz countertop.

Review the advantages and disadvantages of this type of counter in order to figure out if it's right for your situation.

Advantages of Quartz Counters

Quartz counters have all of the same attributes as natural stone counters. They are extremely durable, allowing stains and spills to be scrubbed up without taking damage. These counters are also hard enough to resist shattering or cracking under high weight loads. Quartz counters are also renowned for their smaller pore sizes.

Stone is naturally porous. These pores have a tendency to collect bacteria, which can get into food and make people sick. Because they don't have these pores, this is not an issue for quartz counters. They also don't need to be sealed, which brings down the cost of their installation and upkeep.

Quartz comes in a wide variety of colors, allowing homeowners to choose a color that will perfect match the existing color scheme of their kitchen. Finally, the warranty on quartz countertops runs between 10 and 15 years, which means that they have to be replaced and maintained very infrequently. 

Disadvantages of Quartz Counters

One of the main disadvantages of quartz counters is that they are not as attractive as some stone counters. Natural stone is able to have seams that are almost perfectly hidden, giving the counters a smooth, finished look. Quartz has visible seams.

Countertops that are made out of laminate will also have better control over their seams than quartz, which can affect the functionality of the table after an extended period of time. Quartz countertops are also extremely expensive, ranging from $2,900 for a slab of basic quality to $3,900 for a slab of the highest quality. This is a cost that many homeowners are not able to fit into their budgets. Installation costs are also relatively high because professional assistance is almost always needed. Installation can run between $150 and $280.

If you have the budget for quartz counters, it is definitely in your best interest to consider their installation. Call your local counter specialist for more information about the colors that they offer and their installation process. For more information, contact a company like http://empiremarblegranite.com with any questions you have.


19 September 2014

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Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.