Mixing it Up with Quartz
Is granite becoming an aging dinosaur of solid surfaces, a thing of design past? Well, maybe not entirely but it's certainly given way to more eye-catching alternatives. One of my favorites is Quartz which has the look and feel of stone without the maintenance and it's doesn't need to be sealed which for someone who has lived with the "high maintenance" honed granite for the last decade is immensely appealing. With the introduction over the years of concrete, stainless steel, and tile as solid surface substitutes-Quartz is a longstanding favorite and has been designed to be virtually indestructible and heat resistant. As a former designer, I've worked with an array of solid surfaces and although natural stones can be quite stunning, there are definite drawbacks-marble will stain, wood surfaces need a lot of care such as re-sanding & resealing, Stainless steel is prone to scratches and discoloration, and granite seems like an old standard that is a safe choice for many, but without the benefits of Quartz. There are a few reasons that I have always touted the benefits of Quartz surfaces and I want to share some of those reasons which I think will have you reconsidering granite...
1) It's flexible-allowing fabricators to bend and shape it much more easily than any other solid surface.
2) It has microbial properties that keep it germ free.
3) It's scratch resistant, this means that it's virtually maintenance free unlike granite.
With Quartz surfaces now being offered in a variety of colors and some with the sparkling and veining of granite, it's has begun to take the design industry by storm...and has become the surface of choice for designers, architects and homeowners across the country. Oh, and did I mention that the array of color and veining variations are positively showstoppers?
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