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Tile Tuesday | Quartz Countertops

This Tile Tuesday we are taking a slight detour from TILE to quartz countertops. Over the last few years quartz countertops have become increasingly popular with about 80% of our clients opting for quartz countertops in their kitchens and bathrooms. There are many colors and textures to choose from which is part of the reason they are so popular.

Many of our clients want the look of marble, limestone or concrete without the maintenance. Engineered Quartz countertops such as Silestone or CeasarStone are the way to go. While we mention these two brands, there are so many brands out there that are amazing as well. We just happen to use these brands the most (and we display them in our showroom). No, we were not asked to write this article for them!

With a wide range of colors and textures, there is something out there for every design aesthetic.

Check out some of these color options. You can get the look of Calacutta Gold or Carrera marble without the worry of staining or etching. We have the CaesarStone Calacutta Nuvo on one of our islands in our showroom. That thing has seen so much abuse from food prep, wine and coffee, but it looks brand new! The Taj Royal is a nice alternative to the natural quartzite, Taj Mahal. While the natural slabs are gorgeous, the bundles of slabs can vary so much! Some are gorgeous and some are not-so-amazing. With the engineered quartz slabs you are always guaranteed to have a perfect slab. The Noble Grey is a great alternative to the always popular Carrera marble. There are a few other white marble look-alikes too so you are definitely sure to find one that suits your style.

Calacutta Nuvo by CaesarStone

Calacutta Nuvo by CaesarStone

 

Taj Royal Quartz Countertop

Taj Royal by CaesarStone

Noble Gray engineered quartz by CaesarStone

Noble Gray by CaesarStone

 

Here are some of the pluses of Quartz Countertops:

  • Stain Resistant

silestone stain resistant quartz countertop

Stain Resistant | Silestone is a non-porous surface and highly resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, makeup and many other everyday products.

  • Acid Resistant

silestone acid resistant quartz countertop

Acid Resistant | Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world. This makes our products very durable, with a high level of resistance to external aggressions.

  • Scratch Resistant

silestone scratch resistant quartz countertop

Scratch Resistant| Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world. This makes our products very durable, with a high level of resistance to external aggressions.

  • Wide Range of Colors and Textures

There are so many colors to choose from between all the different manufacturers. If you want red countertops, you got it! If you want the classic white carrera look, no problem and no maintenance! There are also some textures available such as Volcano and Suede by Silestone. These finishes can require a little extra maintenance so keep that in mind when choosing a texture. 

  • What You See is What You Get

The great thing about quartz is that since it is manmade, the slabs that are installed in your house will be the same color of the sample you saw in the showroom. This is not true with natural stone. If you see a slab of natural stone that you love you better buy it because chances are it will be gone the next time you go to the slab yard and the next bundle won’t look the same. If your heart is set on a one-of-a-kind countertop then quartz is not for you. Each slab of quartz looks the same as the others (with slight variances).

We are certainly not trying to discount natural stone with this post. We have installed some gourgeous granite, marble and natural quartzite materials for our clients and they love them to this day. We are simply showing you an alternative to natural stone should you not want to maintenance. And who knows, maybe you just fall in love with the look and or feel of an engineered quartz.

We display CaesarStone, Silestone and natural stone in our showroom. Stop by to see them in person to see if they are right for you.

Our two favorite quartz brands that we use most often are CaesarStone and Silestone. They both have gorgeous colors and textures and are readily available in our area. That is not to say that the other brands are good as well, they all offer something different!

  • What are the cons?

There are many cons we can think of when it comes to quartz countertops but there are a few things to consider:

  1. You cannot use engineered quartz outside. This can pose a problem if you have an indoor/outdoor style kitchen. If the countertop is shaded then there is no issue but if there is direct sunlight on this countertop it will change the color over time.
  2. Not safe to use close to a fire. You are better off going with natural stone if you are re-doing your fireplace. The excessive heat can damage the engineered quartz so it is not suitable for use on a fireplace.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot put a hot pan directly on your quartz countertop. This pretty much goes with most countertops. Play it safe and use a trivet before placing your hot items on countertop.

We hope we’ve given you enough information about quartz countertops but if you have more questions please feel free to reach out to us here or stop by the showroom to see the countertops we have on display!

Check them out here:

CaesarStone

Silestone

Here are a few of our projects using quartz countertops:

 

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