Engineered quartz countertops are a trendy choice for the style-savvy home renovator. It has all the benefits of a natural stone countertop with a few extra features that allow for creativity and versatility when it comes to style and design. Quartz countertops are durable, easy to clean and maintain and will add value to your home. Photo Credit: Pacific Stone Fabrication
Quartz countertops are versatile in style.Engineered stone countertops are made from about 93% natural stone, usually quartz and sometimes marble, and about 7% resin to bind it together. Because this hard surface countertop is man-made, processors can add colours and patterns to the material. This gives homeowners the opportunity to choose from a wide range of colours, textures and patterns. When choosing other natural stone like granite and marble, you are limited to natural colours and veining that comes from the earth. With quartz, you can choose this natural look, or get creative with bright, bold colours like ruby red, lime green or bright turquoise. If the look of natural stone is more what you are after, quartz manufacturers are getting better at mimicking the real thing. To find inspiration, visit a showroom that carries quartz countertops in Calgary.
Quartz countertops are hygienic, easy to maintain and long-lasting.The large-scale engineered quartz manufacturers can build in an antimicrobial protection that will help prevent the growth of bacteria, mildew and mold. Quartz countertops are also very easy to clean and maintain. Simply use warm water and soap to clean up each day. Since it is a hard, non-porous surface, your quartz countertop will be resistant to stains, acids, scratching, dents and dings. Unfortunately, quartz is not as heat resistant has granite countertops, but with quality product and proper installation, you can expect your countertops to last for years to come.
The cost of engineered quartz countertops.According to Countertopguides.com, having quartz countertops installed by a professional can cost between $140 to $200 per square foot. A few things factor into the cost:
- Grade of the quartz: standard grades of quartz can be a little plain and are typically earth tones, but can easily blend into your kitchen’s design. Designer grades of quartz are usually richer in colour and design. If you have them custom made, this will raise the price quite a bit.
- Complexity of the job: If you just need a single slab of quartz with no corners or seams, it will be an easy install. If you have multiple seams, sink cut-outs, a uniquely shaped island and designer edging, the price goes up!
- Who is installing it: Professional installation can account for 20 to 50 per cent of the total cost of your countertops. Since the material is so costly, DIY installation is not recommended.