If you’re renovating your beloved kitchen in hopes of getting a brand new look and are thinking of going all out and investing in granite to maximize the potential resale value of your home, you may want to re-consider. In recent years with technological improvements and partly as a response to the high price of granite with the emergence of quartz or engineered stone has challenged the counter top kingpin for top spot.
Quartz is a non-precious natural stone that is mined in countries around the world. As a countertop, is it can come either as a pre-cut slab, or as tiles which is a bit less expensive. The surface itself is composed of 95% quartz stone (not one large solid piece, many smaller pieces), that have been held together with a special glue. The entire slab or tile is then sealed permanently making it impervious to kitchen mishaps like stains, spills and other common substances. Home owners who would have previously gone straight for the granite as a sure fire way to increase the value of their homes are now considering engineered stone as a viable alternative that many home buyers are willing to pay for.
If you do excessive cooking and foresee lots of harsh contact with your counter top quartz or engineered stone countertops would be an excellent choice. They are notoriously durable and can withstand cuts, scratches, lots of heat and spills. Cooking parties, thanksgiving dinners, and any old occasion are no problem; these have been designed to last for decades.
As always, not every quartz countertop is made equal and it is highly recommend making sure you deal with a trusted contractor who has the experience to deal with kitchen renovations. Be sure to do some research online and check reviews on sites such as Google Places, Home Stars and Yelp. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll have a brand new quartz countertop headache-free in no time!…