For years, granite countertops have been one of the most popular upgrades to existing kitchens, as well as a strong selling point in new home construction. But it would be a mistake to think that granite is the only alternative to basic laminate countertops. When you’re shopping around for new countertops in Florissant, MO, you should spend some time getting to know a popular and dependable, but less trendy alternative to granite: quartz.
Quartz countertops can come in different forms. Some are taken directly from quarried stone, while the more common version is manufactured using between 90 and 95 percent ground quartz and five to 10 percent resin. Manufactured quartz countertops come in a vast array of colors. The variety is so considerable, in fact, that it’s often a major factor in getting homeowners to choose quartz over granite—a quartz countertop can be found to fit with any color scheme imaginable.
Benefits of quartz countertops
One of the major reasons people turn to quartz countertops is that they’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing countertop that will last a lifetime. They’re comparable in strength to granite, but also more flexible, which makes installation somewhat easier. Another feature of quartz countertops that makes them more durable is that they are non-porous—they never have to be sealed, and they won’t stain.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the color options available with quartz countertops aren’t the only selling point. They hold an advantage over granite countertops in that it’s easier to create the illusion of a solid, seamless countertop by using granite. And for the environmentally conscious homeowner, while the durability of both granite and quartz countertops makes them equally attractive, quartz may ultimately be a better bet than granite, as more recycled materials are involved in the manufacturing process.
Keeping your new countertops in great shape
The first step in preserving your countertops begins with installation. What you absolutely don’t want is to buy beautiful new quartz countertops and leave the installation to an amateur. Quartz countertops are extremely heavy and should be installed by experienced professionals. It’s also important to consider structural issues, as well as the stability of the cabinets below the countertop, before installing quartz countertops.
One drawback to quartz countertops is that they are susceptible to damage from excessive heat and sunlight. With heat, it’s just important to remember to use heating pads or trivets rather than setting hot dishes directly on the countertop. There’s little you can do about direct sunlight other than blocking it with curtains or shades, but changes in the color of your countertop may happen very gradually over time.
Because we want you to have the perfect countertops for your kitchen, Mid America Cabinet Refacing offers a selection of quartz countertops. We will help you select the version that’s the best fit for your kitchen, and of course we’ll take care of the installation of your new countertops in Florissant, MO. Come visit us to learn all about what new quartz countertops can do to enhance your kitchen, increase the value of your home and make your life a little more beautiful.