Made from the best qualities of laminate and stone, along with its own special features, quartz became increasingly popular in the design scene. In 2004, U.S. sales of quartz countertop increased by 60 percent, according to HGTV.
Although quartz countertops are made of quarried slabs, a new engineered material is created by blending natural quartz with 5 to 7% polymer resins. The result is a sturdy, low maintenance surface with a mix of hues.
Most engineered quartz resembles other natural stones such as limestone and marble. It is fabricated to perfection and is heavier than granite. The material is a good choice for kitchen countertops since it is available in long, thick slabs that can be installed in a single piece.
Pros & Cons
Quartz is non-porous, stain resistant, and durable surface. It can withstand corrosion from cooking oil and liquid, and other household cleaning products and is highly resistant to chips and dents. Be careful though, as it can be damaged by excessive heat (trivets or heating pads usually come in real handy). The same qualities that keep it stain-free also prevent harmful bacteria so this countertop is much more sanitary in the kitchen. As a result of being non-porous, periodic sealing isn’t required.
How to Choose
Start finding the color and pattern that you like, which means you have to check what’s available from manufacturers. Here’s a guide for first-time buyers.
Complete your kitchen today with a low maintenance, sturdy engineered quartz for a touch of elegance. Contact us for a free estimate.
Homeowners these days are looking for stylish ways to add comfort and cutting-edge functionality in their bathroom. Aside from increasing the value of your home, having a little luxury won’t hurt. If you’re stuck for ideas, read along.
Add spa-worthy products and features
There are a wide range of tubs and showers available today. Some will allow you to fully immerse yourself in bubbles while others send sound-wave vibrations through the water.
You can also opt for shower heads mounted on the walls and ceilings. These showers can be adjusted for a personalized therapeutic experience. You can preset temperature, sprays, steam, and water use.
Both offer the ultimate relaxation and will forget all your worries.
Don’t limit your imagination
Countertops come in beautiful surface materials and colors that are perfect for your kitchen or bathroom. Coupled with a stylish vanity, it leaves a sophisticated touch. You can also get inspiration from high-end hotels and adapt a few designs according to your budget. Elegant vessel sinks, vanities, wood finishes, floors, toilet enclosures, and lighting are just some of the features you can change to have a hotel-inspired bathroom. Carefully handpicked materials, finishes, and fixtures will give you stunning visuals with an enhanced appeal.
Take some time to map out the outline of your dream bathroom. Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, planning ahead is essential. Even the most intricate details can make a huge difference in your bathroom. Decide what you need to prioritize and spend more on what matters. By planning smart, you can explore all the possibilities and achieve your dream of a luxurious bath.
We are here to help you create a blueprint that will meet your standards and satisfy your long term personal vision of a cozy retreat in your own home. Contact us today for your upcoming bathroom remodel or visit www.milanstoneworks.com to see our portfolio.
While it all boils down to personal taste, think long-term when it comes to selecting a new counter. You don’t have to follow the trend and realize later on that your heart is set on white or gray. Make sure you get it right the first time and follow these tips:
Choose colors that will complement your kitchen decor. Go dark (black and gray) if you want a dramatic appearance for your contemporary kitchen that has light wood or white cabinetry. On the other hand, white countertops are striking and look great when paired with cherry wood cabinets or if you have a small kitchen space to create a more open environment. A beige granite speckled with browns, green and yellows or other light to medium colors are great in achieving an old-world look.
Consider the lighting. While a granite countertop adds value to your home, paired with a bad lighting it’s hard to appreciate any selection. If there’s natural light coming in, your counter will look best if it’s black, deep blue, or mahogany, otherwise select a slab that has white or gold or light-colored specks. Granite countertops add value to your home, but if the lighting is bad, it is hard to appreciate any selection.
Stick to your budget. You will see a variety of prices so if you’re on a tight budget, shop around for affordable options while not compromising the quality.
Visit showrooms. Shopping online may be convenient but seeing it with your own eyes will help you distinguish the subtle textures and fine color patterns.
We’d like your remodeling project to be as simple and convenient as possible. Contact us today and schedule a free estimate.