Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are arguably the most durable option for kitchens. They’re also some of the most eye-catching. They come in a wide variety of colors, including fire-engine red and apple green, as well as earthy browns, blacks, and creams, with sparkles and veining for the look of granite or marble. But unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory.
Like natural stone, quartz slabs are very heavy. And though the added resins make them more flexible, they, too, can crack if not properly handled. Work only with certified installers.
How long do they last?
How expensive is quartz?
Can you fix a chip in quartz?
To fix a chip in your quartz countertop, Adhesive filler or super glue can be applied to the affected area until it’s level with the surface. If your surface is a dark color, a pigmented epoxy adhesive will blend in with your countertop better. However, quartz countertops are notoriously hard to polish out if the top is damaged.
Is quartz good for outdoor spaces?
The Ultraviolet (UV) Resistance of Quartz
About 10 percent of sunlight produces UV radiation, which is known to cause certain chemical reactions. The atmosphere filters out most UV radiation before it reaches the surface of the Earth, but overexposure can have consequences. Quartz is UV resistant to a certain extent. However, at this time most quartz countertop material is not recommended for outdoor applications.
Here are the pros and cons to consider when deciding to go with quartz
IT IS SENSITIVE TO HOT OBJECTS
It can't weather outdoor use.
WHAT IS GRANITE?
WHY IS GRANITE SO POPULAR?
WHERE DOES GRANITE COME FROM?
IS GRANITE HIGH MAINTENANCE?
DOES HEAT DAMAGE GRANITE?
CAN KNIVES SCRATCH GRANITE?
IS GRANITE EXPENSIVE?
CAN GRANITE BE REPAIRED?
DOES GRANITE HARBOR BACTERIA?
DOES GRANITE EMIT HARMFUL RADIATION?
You can read a more detailed report on this at the website of the Marble Institute of America.
WHAT IS THE THICKNESS OF THE GRANITE USED FOR COUNTERTOPS?
WHAT ARE THE PITS IN THE GRANITE?
WHAT ABOUT THE FILLED LINES IN THE GRANITE SLABS?
DOES GRANITE NEED TO BE RESEALED REGULARLY?
WHAT ARE PREFABRICATED GRANITE BLANKS?
HOW MUCH CAN I EXTEND THE GRANITE OVERHANG?
The standard overhang is 1 1⁄2” from the face frame of the cabinets. This gives a good visual appearance because it creates a 3⁄4” overhang from the door fronts. You can compare this to the 1” overhang typical of the laminate countertops you are looking to replace with granite.
The actual overhang may slightly vary depending on how straight the cabinets are installed. Having the cabinets not installed in a straight line is a common problem. Our template professionals discuss these issues with homeowners when they are visible at time of template.
We can usually extend the 3 cm granite countertops up to a maximum of 10” from the cabinets, provided the total unsupported area is no more than 1/3 of the supported area. We have to be careful when we install upper bar tops that sit on a 5” knee wall. These overhangs have to be supported by steel braces placed under the countertop and then screwed into the wooden studs in the knee wall. Any granite countertops with more than an 10” overhang should be adequately supported by steel braces. The placement of wood or metal supports that extend from the cabinets, sometimes called corbels, can hit your knees and may not be visually appealing. The ideal solution is to place steel bars, secured adequately, providing a permanent support that is almost invisible and does not hit your knees.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL OVERHANG FOR MY BAR TOP OR BREAKFAST AREA?
CAN I KEEP MY EXISTING TILE BACK SPLASH?
This scenario applies in cases where the tile goes all the way down to the countertops. You can solve this problem by using one of these methods:
-Plying caulk in the gap with a matching color to the existing grout. The new caulk line will be about a 1⁄4” thickness instead of the tile grout line of about 1/8”.
-If you have kept the grout from the original tile installation, you can use that grout to fill the gap. This is the best case scenario.
-You can purchase and install a trim line from tile supplier that fits between the tile and the granite countertop. This should be done by your tile installer.
-Installation of a 4” back splash of granite over the existing tile is another option.
In case the existing tile goes up to the 4” back splash of laminate countertop, 4” granite back splashes have to be placed between the granite countertops and the existing tile. We will custom measure these at the time of installation and they will minimize the gap between the tile and the backsplash. However, that will require a second visit to install.
DO I NEED TO BUY FULL SLABS OF GRANITE?
DO SEAMS IN GRANITE SHOW?
HOW MUCH DOES GRANITE WEIGH?
HOW IS MY DISHWASHER ATTACHED?
HOW DO YOU ATTACH THE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS TO MY CABINET?
To avoid shims the tops should be levelled to within 1/8 of an inch over 10 feet. We can install without this standard being met but will ask you to sign a waiver before we do it.