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How to Choose Quartz Surfaces for Your Home

Posted on Friday, April 07, 2017, by Busenbark Flooring

The easy maintenance quality of quartz makes it a popular choice among discerning homeowners. The stone can be easily maintained. It is sold in a broad range of textures, colors, and patterns. Even though the primary use of the stone continue to be as bath and kitchen counters, it is also widely used for shower entries, fireplace surrounds, backsplashes and shower stalls.

The surface of quartz is manufactured from ground quartz. The binder used is a polyester resin. The stone is anti-microbial and non-porous. This makes it quite resistant to bacterial growth, odors, and stains. Quartz can be installed both as slabs or sliced into tiles. Do note that it is not suitable for outdoor projects as the sunlight will lead to fading of the color and the sheen. You can buy the quartz you want by following a few simple rules.

Select texture, colors and patterns

Modern day quartz designs are stunning to look at. Most of the new patterns appear like marble or granite. A few companies have introduced designs that make the quartz stone appear like geodes. Three kinds of textures are available in the premium quartz category- rugged, polished and matte. A number of new patterns which incorporate flecked, granite and veined look surfaces are also found. Bright colors are used so that the stone does not look out of place in contemporary design.

Thickness is important

When you select quartz, it is vital to consider thickness needed for the application. The slab's standard thickness is 1¼ inch. This is the usually recommended thickness for bathroom vanities and kitchen counters. Quartz is available in ½ inch, 1½ inch and ¾ inch thickness. A few companies provide a slab which is one centimeter thick. This is used to make layered edging profiles.

Select the edging

The edging assists to determine the style of vanity or counter and the pricing. The standard edges are waterfall edges and squared edges. These kinds of edges can be easily applied to 1¼ inch thick quartz. The list of more intricate edging options includes bullnose, ogee, beveled and bullnose. The profile of “laminated edging” add a quartz's extra layer so that a dramatic look is achieved.

It is wise to choose the plumbing fixtures and appliances prior to selecting the quartz surface. The fabricator must know the number of holes and their dimensions needed for installation. A cutout is needed if you want to install cook-top.



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