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For every room and to please every taste, quartz countertops will redefine the way you see home renovation. Home remodeling can be many things — exciting, adventurous, inspiring — and can definitely be overwhelming even in a really good way. It is not as simple as choosing a new lamp, piece of furniture or an area rug. Whether it is a whole room or just the counters, remodeling involves a lot of planning.
We understand that it might be tricky to know where to start, especially when there are so many choices out there in the world of transformation. Let me share with you what Elegant Quartz, Granite & Marble has learned over the years. From trending colors and patterns to outstanding quartz suppliers with reduced carbon footprints, this page will tell you all you need to know to make that next step an easier.
Thinking about a full kitchen remodel? Or ready to upgrade the countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? Elegant Quartz, Granite & Marble’s experienced team offers quality and affordable countertops that will last. Each countertop is custom-made to fit the needs of your project. And we use only the highest quality natural or engineered stone materials. Let our trained team give you the kitchen or bathroom counters you’ve always dreamed of!
Award winning service
Elegant Quartz, Granite and Marble has won Angie’s List Super Service Award for 8 consecutive years, which is measured on values such as quality, service, and price. We are a family owned and operated kitchen and bathroom countertop company serving Portland and surrounding cities: including Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, West Linn, and Hillsboro.
Granite and marble have been transforming homes and commercial businesses for decades, adding timeless elegance and aesthetic
enhancement. One of the natural stone contenders, quartz, has been on the market since the 90s, patiently waiting for its turn in the renovation spotlight.
Quartz Countertops, the New Alternative
Perhaps you have heard rumors on HGTV
of quartz countertops as the “new alternative”? Or maybe you came across this blog while searching for your own home remodeling ideas. Quartz has actually been around since the 1990’s, only rising in popularity over the last few years, and it is easy to see why. With home renovation also gaining momentum, the time has never been better.
2018 is the year for homeowners to finally change their homes into what previously had only been a dream. This fact is not
based on numerology or even on a new trend though it is becoming a fast growing movement. Why, you ask? Well, it is because
there is a challenge in the building
industry, which creates a restriction in the amount of homes built for sale. This has caused a huge increase in the price of existing properties, causing many homeowners to stay in their homes. It also means that if homeowners are looking to sell then renovating their home will only increase its asking price. Another piece of this is that household income has increased since the recession enough that more homeowners have the resources to fix up their homes.
Quartz countertops are making their move to more and more homes.
Homeowners have never had as many options as they do today. So where do you start when considering a remodel on your house?
According to the U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trend Study, 40% of homeowners chose quartz for their kitchen countertops. Up until recently granite was the go-to for kitchen renovation, and it still reflects style and status. Quartz is an amazing choice for your home for many reasons and it is gaining immense popularity in showrooms across the United States. Quartz is natural stone engineered for a variety of purposes that can make every room in your home beautiful and unique. Let’s take a brief look at what quartz is and compare it to its leading competitor, granite.
What About Granite?
- Granite is mined
and starts its journey as an enormous chunk of stone. The slab is then cut and polished down to size.
- Granite must be sealed before use and repeated every year. This will ensure your countertops remain stain resistant. Without the sealant they can retain moisture and become discolored.
- Granite countertops can last a lifetime under normal use. Use caution to avoid dropping heavy or hard objects on them to prevent chipping.
- The design in granite may not appear uniform but it is beautifully designed by nature.
What Are Quartz Countertops?
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- Quartz countertop material consists primarily of crushed, mined quartz blended with some resin to make it more durable. This also helps make quartz counters available in a wide variety of patterns and colors.
- Quartz countertops are comparable in strength but have the added benefit of greater flexibility.
- Quartz is non-porous and doesn’t ever need to be sealed. Quartz countertops are virtually maintenance free.
- Countertops made of quartz typically cost less to purchase and install.
- Quartz is heavier than granite and both types of counters require professional installation.
Both Quartz and Granite Worktops:
- Are durable; however, neither are indestructible. Both are stain resistant and a simple spill only requires a speedy cleansing to prevent nearly any stain (if your granite has a proper seal).
- Will discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Stones will show seams but the seams in quartz are easier to hide.
- Are more expensive than their laminate or manufactured counterparts.
Durability and flexibility sound a little strange when describing a surface material.
Yet that is just what makes elegant quartz such a strong choice. Because it is man-engineered it has the added benefit of being more
flexible than other materials. That added flexibility means that it can make fantastic edges and shapes for just the right look you’ve been searching for. This also means that the color will be even and consistent all the way through and that there are more variations available in color and pattern, but we’ll get to that in just a moment. In terms of durability quartz is one of the strongest materials on earth. There are some considerations when maintaining your surfaces such as cleaning, extreme heat, and some stains. The other benefits listed above were stain resistant and non-porous. Now stain resistant seems pretty straightforward, but non-porous? Didn’t your science teacher mention something about non-porous?
According to Forbes:
Quartz Vs. Granite Countertops – A Geologist’s Perspective, “You will find that quartz countertops are…man made and although they consist of 90% quartz, the rest of the countertop is composed of resins, polymers, and various types of pigments. This creates a very durable artificial rock without pores or cracks.” So what does this mean exactly? What this means is that food can be prepped and daily life can, well, happen without the worry of bacteria and other germs growing on your surfaces. This explains why it is such a popular choice for homeowners and countertop material.
Your choices are virtually unlimited
With all this durability and flexibility, it may seem that colors and patterns might be limited but engineering makes the choices seem
almost limitless. Trending quartz colors are neutrals with white quartz countertops as one of the top picks. Simple streamlined kitchens are in demand and more homeowners are choosing neutral shades to open up their space. In addition more homeowners are opting for smaller homes and neutral shades expand the room, making it feel airy and light. With the beauty of quartz manufacturing you can have many different shades of beige or white. With intricate veins and patterns, speckles and finishes swirled into the quartz, your countertops can be as unique as the home you are restoring. But it isn’t all neutrals for quartz; multi-colored, even black quartz countertops and brilliant colors are also a top trend creating striking accents and bold statements.
And with so many choices and uses it will be hard to decide. Quartz color will be even and consistent all the way through due to it’s engineered look. With neutral in gear and stainless steel appliances in demand; the use of accent colors can be a cost affective and creative way to get creative and tie a whole room together. Some great ways to do this are with backsplashes and floor tiles. Another is an island.
Island are becoming a top pick for not just their practicality but because they have a way of bringing people together. There are multiple ways that beautiful quartz
can transform a room that most people may not be aware of. Here are some areas to think about for your own home:
- Fireplace mantels
- Wet bar areas
- Window sills
- Outdoor cooking surfaces
- And so much more!
Top quartz engineering companies
So we have looked at quartz features, colors, and versatility but where
does Elegant Quartz & Granite get our quartz counterop materials?
We actually have four distributors that we work with and they are all
leading companies in the quartz market. Each has practices that make it
better for our planet and your home. The vendors are:
All of these vendors are Greenguard
certified and earned their ISO
14000 for environmental recognition. In addition all of our vendors
utilize recycling or eco-friendly conditions in their quartz
- As part of its commitment to the environment, Caesarstone
recycles 97% of the water used in its manufacturing process.
- A few of Pental’s quartz colors contain recycled
- Viatera is environmentally friendly, supporting a
greener earth by using sustainable material and an eco-friendly
manufacturing process. Manufacturing in the USA means less of a carbon
- Silestone has the Eco product line, which consists of
11 colors manufactured with at least 50% recycled materials such as
porcelain, glass and vitrified ash, among others. This line also
contains an exclusive environmentally friendly, partially vegetable