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Quartz Countertops

Quartz is among the latest materials available for the manufacture of countertops. It is actually a man made composite of 93% quartz and 7% pigments, resins and binders. The advantage of quartz is that it gives the look of luxurious stone without all the maintenance hassles. For this reason it is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Quartz is a durable material that is as hard as granite, but it is more flexible, so its surface will not crack. Quartz is nonporous; it will not stain, and it does not need to be sealed. It will not scorch from the heat of hot pots and it is cool to the touch like stone. Because it is a pigmented product, it can be manufactured in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Manufacturers of quartz use their own trade names such as Silestone or Zodiaq (made by DuPont.)

Consider the following if you want to buy quartz countertops:

  • Quartz usually comes in three thicknesses: 7/16 inches, 13/16 inches and 1 1/8 inches. The thicker sizes are more expensive.
  • Quartz countertops are heavy. Make sure the cabinets you are installing can hold their weight. The countertops are usually installed by gluing them to the tops of the cabinets with silicone or epoxy or by securing them to a plywood substrate.
  • Quartz is frequently made to resemble natural stone, although other choices are available. The difference in appearance is due to the type of quartz that is used. Because it is a man made product, there is no problem matching adjoining countertops in even the largest

    kitchens as long as you stay with the same manufacturer.

If an entire kitchen of quartz countertops is beyond your budget, consider using quartz for only part of the room and use a less expensive material in the rest of it.

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