Popularity of Quartz Countertops

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm by kathy Comments Off on Popularity of Quartz Countertops

Relatively new in households across America, quartz countertops are booming in popularity and start to become a serious contender for granite countertops in U.S. homes and specially in Southwest Florida.

Engineered stone is closing the gap between the easy-to-maintain laminate countertops and the strength of natural stone because is created utilizing 95 percent of crushed or ground stone with polymer resins. Quartz is relatively maintenance free and has a huge selection of colors contributing to its popularity.

Finding the right color is no longer an issue for customers, due to the ample palette available from the different quartz brands.

Most quartz surfaces come with 15 to 25 years warranty and features like Green guard certification and built-in bacteria protection.

Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz resists staining or corrosion from cooking oils, liquids and most household cleaning products — so there’s no need for periodic resealing of the surface. Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat; however homeowners should use trivets or heating pads.

Just like granite, quartz allow for a variety of edging options. Engineered quartz also offers less visible seams than granite.
Despite its many advantages, installation of engineered quartz countertops isn’t a job for the average do-it-yourselfer; Quartz manufacturers will issue certifications to those companies that qualify to specifically fabricate and install quartz countertops in your area.

Pricing of engineered stone is dropping considerably as it is becoming more popular and in demand, but for now it is not less expensive than granite.

Major manufacturers are Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone, LG and Zodiaq and they are all available at Fandos Marble and Granite.

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