Whether you’re looking to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom (or both!), you may find yourself stuck on selecting the right countertop material that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but is also durable in the long-run. A material on the rise, which we believe will soon be the favorite of many homeowners, is quartz. Quartz countertops provide a contemporary look while offering low maintenance care and durability.
Quartz countertops are engineered stone composed of about 93 percent natural stone and mixed with resins. The wide range of options available allow it to fit seamlessly into any home. If you’re looking for a unique finish, recycled glass and metallic flecks can be found in some quartz countertops, giving your room that special touch you were looking for. Quartz is also available in earthy, neutral, and bold shades – from sand to apple green and everything in between!
At Strobel Design Build, we find that what makes quartz a huge standout against other natural stones such as granite and marble is its nonporous composition. This makes it both scratch and stain resistant. It can withstand oil, wine, coffee, as well as other sources of stains in the kitchen and bathroom. Quartz is also extremely low-maintenance, simply wipe your quartz countertops down with warm soapy water. One drawback of quartz is that it does not withstand heat well. So, this means you shouldn’t place hot pans directly on the countertop itself. An easy solution is to keep trivets nearby to use as needed.
While there are many quartz manufacturers, there are three that we are particularly fond of. These brands include Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone. Each brand has distinctive finishes, tones, prices and warranties, making it crucial we find the ‘right fit’ for your home and lifestyle.
Cambria, a family-owned and American-made company, has been manufacturing quartz in the USA for over 60 years. We love their lifetime limited warranty, meaning you’ll have peace of mind if there’s ever a manufacturer’s defect. Cambria slabs are available in 1cm, 2cm, 3cm thicknesses, and in over 120 designs – ensuring there’s something for everyone!
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For those who are more environmentally conscious, Caesarstone prides themselves on their commitment to reserving the world’s natural resources by creating their products with 42% of recycled quartz. Caesarstone produces slabs in two thicknesses, 3/4 inch and 1-1/4 inch. Additionally, this brand is offered in two finishes: polished and honed. Polished finishes give countertops a glossier appearance, while a honed finish appears more matte-like. Honed finishes have been increasing in popularity, but can require slightly more maintenance.
Photo via Silestone
With a 25-year limited transferable warranty on quartz countertops, Silestone promises to give you the best quality of materials for your home project. They offer a wide range of tones and styles so that you can create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.
Photo via Caesarstone
Maybe quartz isn’t for you? Don’t you fret – our project designers will work closely with you throughout the design process, to find the materials best suited for all areas of your home and day-to-day life! To start the remodeling process on your home, schedule a consultation with our designers by calling 727.321.5588.