Quartz is one of the hardest materials in the world. It’s more durable and lasts longer than granite. Apart from durability, quartz is also stylish and elegant. In addition, due to its sturdiness, quartz requires very minimal maintenance as it is resistant to stains and heat. It’s also non-porous, making it extremely resistant to contamination from bacteria and mould.
Quartz is available in a dazzling range of designs, patterns, colours, and styles. It is breathtaking to look at and cost effective in the long term. When deciding to adorn your kitchen in this stylish, built-to-last, yet cost-effective quartz countertop, you might want to consider the following factors:
1. The Design of Your Kitchen
When you order quartz for your kitchen, consider your kitchen’s design. You will need to give the manufacturer exact dimensions of your kitchen, especially the design of the countertop so that your quartz can be cut and hewn with a precision that perfectly aligns with the curves and corners of your kitchen countertop.
You will also need to be specific about your desired colour schemes. You could go for neutral greys, bright yellows, off-whites, solid blacks, subtle tans, or bold blues. You could also choose to purchase smooth quartz, or pebbled, flecked, or embossed quartz.
2. Countertop Thickness
Quartz countertops come in a variety of thicknesses. The standard, however, is 3 cm for kitchen countertops and 2 cm for the bathroom. The thicker the quartz, the more expensive it is. In deciding on your countertop thickness, pricing, breakage resistance, and mode of installation should be considered to help you make the right choice.
3. Installation Location: Indoor or Outdoor Kitchen
Quartz is ideally suited for indoor kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re planning to install it in your backyard kitchen, quartz is not recommended since UV rays from the sun can make the resin binders break and degrade the countertop. This can cause the quartz to fade and eventually warp.
4. Customized Edges
You might want to customize your quartz countertop edges, but this will come at an extra cost. Your kitchen will, however, feature a distinctive look that will be the envy of your guests. You can choose among a chiselled raw edge, a bold square, or a softer, rounded corner look.
5. Cost Effective in the Long Term
The initial costs of installing a quartz countertop are high. One can pay as much as $100 per square foot. A quartz countertop in the kitchen could cost you a couple thousand dollars.
However, due to their durability and sturdiness, quartz countertops are actually cost-effective since they are built to last. Besides, they require only low maintenance and care.
If you’re still deciding whether or not to install quartz due to the cost, know that you’ll be making an investment.
6. Professional Installation
Proper installation of quartz countertops is important. Quartz is very heavy and a lot of lifting is involved during installation. To be sure that you get the desired results, insist on professional installation of your quartz countertop. While purchasing your quartz countertop, inquire about complimentary installation.
7. Product Guarantee
As mentioned, due to its durability, quartz is literally built to last. Some manufacturers will even provide a lifetime guarantee. Product guarantee is, therefore, a consideration when purchasing a quartz countertop. If a manufacturer is sure of their quartz’s quality, they will give you a guarantee that will last as long as you want or until you decide to remodel your kitchen.
Quartz countertops speak louder than words. A kitchen adorned with quartz countertops makes a statement about style and substance. It not only says you have a taste for the good things in life but also that you understand that, although quality comes at a high price, in the long run, it’s actually more cost effective.