Countertops

Designing your dream kitchen is not the easiest task in the world because you simply have so many choices to make in terms of what to put in it, what color scheme, and what materials to use. By the end of the process you will have created your perfect space, but the process of designing it can be stressful to say the least!

If you are considering getting a quartz countertop then you have made a very smart and long lasting choice, plus we here at Flooring Creations strive to make this process as simple and stress-free as possible for you! Our knowledgeable design consultants will help you find the perfect countertop to compliment your existing kitchen elements (such as cabinets, floors, and wall color), or if you’re also looking to incorporate additional new kitchen elements along with a countertop such as a backsplash or flooring, we can help you select the best ones that will tie all of the new kitchen elements together with your current kitchen elements, in order to make a harmonious color scheme that will make your friends and family think you hired a professional designer!

High-end kitchen countertops like granite and marble have long hogged the limelight, but it’s time for them to move over and make room for the trendier, more practical and aesthetically-pleasing alternative, which is quartz countertops. Recently its popularity has soared and is predicted to only continue to rise.

So, if you’re tired of the same old options and are looking for a countertop facelift that has character, beauty and class, look at quartz countertops. If you’re still on the fence about quartz countertops, here is some background information that will help you make a smart and informed move.

Quartz countertops get high marks for both beauty and durability. As a form of engineered stone this type of surfacing combines both the attractiveness and robustness of stone with the benefits that modern technology can bring to it. This technology gives quartz benefits that natural stone, such as granite and marble, cannot offer. In some ways it’s like getting the best of both worlds, you get the appearance of a beautiful stone countertop, but without all of the maintenance and upkeep that granite and marble countertops require.

Quartz is one of the hardest, and most abundant, minerals on earth and it makes up about 93-95% of quartz countertops. The remaining 5-7% of a quartz countertop is a combination of natural pigments and resinous binders. When resin is added to ground quartz it binds the quartz minerals together by filling in all the cracks and crevasses between the quartz crystals, and then the combination is “baked” under heat and pressure, it becomes non-porous and what you end up with is a very hard, durable and non-porous work surface. This is one of the most desirable features of quartz countertops, their non-porous surfaces that not only make them heat and scratch resistant, but also make them stain resistant as well so juices, oil, wine, and other stain-inducing items won’t pose a problem for your countertop. Non-porous surfaces also mean that they won’t carry bacteria, and they’re mold resistant, so you can rest assured knowing your quartz countertops will be clean and hygienic after washing with just soap and water.

Quartz countertops are skillfully engineered to capture the polished, sophisticated look of natural stone, while also providing more strength and durability than natural stone countertops can offer. Unlike granite, quartz countertops are almost indestructible, in fact, they’re so durable that most manufacturers offer a warranty, something you won’t find with granite or marble countertops.

Quartz countertops also never require sealing, buffing or polishing. Ever. Warm soap and water is all you’ll need to clean your quartz countertops which means less fuss and maintenance, whereas granite and marble countertops require resealing, or even a reconditioning in order to retain their new shiny appearance.

So really, what’s not to like about this super low-maintenance surface that offers great functionality without sacrificing good looks? If you’re looking for a countertop that will endure all the abuse a kitchen can get, quartz will face up to the challenge! If you have any questions, want more information, or want to check out quartz countertops for yourself, you’re more than welcome to stop by our showroom and chat with one of our friendly and knowledgeable design consultants!

A good ballpark on a good quality average priced quartz counter top is $25-$30 per square foot for the actual material and another $45 per square foot for the fabrication and installation. Additional fees would be tear out and removal of the existing countertops which would add $10 per square foot, and a custom backsplash that goes from the countertop all the way up to the cabinet would cost between $50-$60 per square foot, which includes the material of some sort of mosaic product.