Quartz Countertops Austin
Thanks for visiting our quartz countertops Austin page! Quartz countertops are very much the trend in Austin today. Homes today have moved toward a cleaner, more modern look. Modern style homes are very popular in new homes as well as remodels. The countertop is a very visual feature in the home, and it helps to set the style. Kitchen counters are the most common update that homeowners make to their homes. It makes a big statement. And that statement in Austin homes today is clean, light, and simple.
Quartz engineered stone offers the light solid surfaces that home buyers want. The ornate patterns of natural granite do not create a modern look as well as quartz countertops. We often see shades of light grey and white as background colors.
Quartz is a very abundant natural stone and easy to get locally. Quartz countertops are made of about 93% quartz and 7% pigments, plus polymer resins. Engineered stone a green choice. It uses an abundant local material and makes use of by products of quarried stone.
The strength of quartz makes it naturally resistant to scratches and dents. Cooking acids, such as lemon or vinegar, can be used on the surface without adverse reactions. Quartz countertops do not need to be sealed, as do some marbles or wood counters. Be careful with hot pots on silestone. Use a trivet. Also, because of the resins, it will fade if used outdoors and gets UV light.
Engineered quartz countertops usually have a polished finish that is easy to clean with just soap and water. You can use a nonabrasive cleaner like Soft Scrub. If you use a honed surface, it will show fingerprints more easily.
Engineered stone colors tend to be natural shades of off-whites and grays, although they come in many colors. Deep browns, grays, and whites are the most popular choices.
The surface pattern depends on how finely the quartz is ground. Very fine grind gives a smooth surface. Larger grind shows small flecks. Some styles mimic the swirls found in natural granite or marble. Some styles look like concrete. The solid color styles with less patterning are the most used.
Some familiar brand names are:
Deckton – A new material similar to quartz but made without resins. It can be used outdoors and on floors.
Stone Systems – 512-295-2950
Home Depot and Lowes both supply and install slab counters.
Thanks for visiting our Quartz Countertops Austin page. We hope this contributes to your knowledge of this popular countertop surface in Austin homes . We are interested in building and remodeling, and sometimes do a project. Take a peek at our diy projects.
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