Easy-Care Counters with Quartz
Lately, quartz is the most sought after material top south and north of Atlanta. Produced from one of the toughest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most long lasting options for kitchens. They’re also some of the most eye-catching. They come in a wide variety of colors, including red and green, as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with shimmers and veining for the look of granite or marble. Unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. Their main component is ground quartz (about 94 percent), merged with polyester resins to bind it and pigments are added to give it color. For some designs, small amounts of recycled glass or metallic flecks are added to the mix. The resins also help protect the countertops against stain and scratch resistant, and impermeable, so they never need to be sealed. Compare that with granite, the reigning king of high-end countertops, which usually requires a new protective top coat at least once a year.
In the past, the biggest drawback against quartz was that it lacked the styles and color variations you get with natural stone. That’s a moot point now, with all the manufacturers offering multi-hued slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Zodiaq countertops offer new possibilities by combining the strength and beauty of natural quartz with the latest technology to create a palette of dramatic colors with consistency, tone and strength. They were once offered only with a high polished finish; now you can obtain one with a honed, sandblasted, or embossed treatment. If it’s the look of matte limestone, textured slate, or glossy granite that you want, there’s a quartz countertop for you. Granite-like movement in gray and black quartz brings gives the countertop an eye-catching, luxurious appearance. The quartz countertop cost is much lower than you would think. There are many choices based on your budget and your design preference. With quartz, your countertops will be the top