Today we are talking about one of the most requested surfaces at our showroom, quartz countertops. Quartz is a very trendy surface that is now widely available. Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone are just a few of the manufacturers. Even popular laminate manufacturers such as Wilsonart are coming out with beautiful quartz products due to the demand in the market. Quartz is a great choice because it has many of the benefits of natural stone but without the drawbacks plus a wide variety of colour options. Today we’ll talk about how its made and whether it makes sense for your budget and your life!
How it’s made
Quartz is a natural stone found in the earth and is one of the hardest natural substances making it a great choice for durable countertops. Manufacturers bind the quartz crystals together with resin, and pigment to get the colour variation and formed in slabs usually 120” x 56”. The slabs are cut for your kitchen so that seams are minimized and mounted on your cabinets.
If you’re looking for a durable and maintenance free countertop, then quartz should be at the top of the list. Unlike natural stone, quartz does not have to be resealed regularly and some brands have antimicrobial substances mixed in with the resin that binds the counter together. There are also beautiful colours with lots of variety, many of which are difficult to distinguish from natural stone. Homebuyers will also put a premium on a house that has quartz countertops. Keep that in mind if you will be putting your house on the market.
Quartz is an amazing product with great benefits. However, it is certainly more costly than laminate. On average, the main reputable brands will cost anywhere between 3 to 4 times the cost of laminate. If comparing with a natural stone like granite, quartz lacks the uniqueness of pattern that some people look for so no other person has the exact same counters. Like anything else there are some low cost quartz products out there. In our experience, you get what you pay for with those brands. The depth of colour and the longevity of the product isn’t even close to what you see with the industry leading brands.
To Sum it All Up
Quartz is without a doubt the most trendy surface out there for countertops. So much so that manufacturers of other surfaces are adding quartz to their product lines. Each and every year the selection and quality of quartz get better and better with patterns that mimic natural stone and others that resemble popular countertop materials like concrete. If you know that you are going to have a lot of traffic in your kitchen or bathroom, or have those kids that like to splash water all around, quartz is probably a great choice for you. Just keep in mind that you may have to increase your budget a little to get those benefits! If you want to know more about quartz or have a look at the over 400 samples in our showroom, just drop by from 10-2 weekdays or 10-4 on Saturdays. We’re only a short drive from anywhere in Richmond, and easy to get to from Ladner, Tsawwassen, Surrey or Vancouver.
In our next post we’ll be discussing acrylic solid surface, which you probably know as Corian. Keep an eye on the blog or like us on Facebook for updates.