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Caesarstone Quartz Countertop

Quartz Countertops Cost

Quartz countertops are extremely popular these days, and given the several advantages associated with quartz countertops, the trend is set to continue. Quartz is preferred owing to its wide range of colors and patterns, ease of cleaning and maintenance, stain and scratch resistance, attractiveness, and durability.

Of course, when it comes to quartz countertops, price is a major factor to consider. Read on for a cost breakdown of quartz countertops.

Ceasarstone Statuario Nuvo

Ceasarstone Statuario Nuvo Quartz Countertop

How much do quartz countertops cost?

The average cost of quartz countertops ranges between $50 to over $150 per square foot. This cost is based on the type, countertop dimensions, edge profile, cut-outs required, and other specifications. It’s critical to get a quote for your unique project. Make sure all the necessary information is included, as well as a final price that includes fabrication, installation, and taxes.

The cost of the quartz slab and its fabrication and installation might differ by company. You’ll want to find a fabricator and installer that is competent in the technique. The finest material can be destroyed by poor craftsmanship. However, shoddy material will not improve with better fabrication and installation.

Three Factors That Can Affect the Price.
  1. The Manufacturer: Quartz countertops can vary in price depending on the manufacturer. Some producers, for example, cut corners and produce inexpensive wholesale quartz surfaces. While these countertops might save you money up front, investing in a reputable maker would be your best long-term investment.
  2. Colors and patterns: The more popular colors are typically more expensive. The cost of a quartz slab will also be increased by fancy patterns. Veins and strong patterns are generally more costly.
  3. The quality: Quartz slabs come in a variety of grades and qualities. Quartz slab hardness and quality varies greatly. Harder quartz slabs are better, but they aren’t always immediately obvious just by looking. We only sell high-quality products from reputable manufacturers. We don’t feel right about selling quartz produced by off-brand name manufacturers. Quartz countertops with a higher grade are less vulnerable to stains, scratches, and cracks. They are also more long-lasting and emit fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Additional Items That Can Affect the Price
  • Leveling – Cabinets must be level. Unlevel cabinets will need to be levelled prior to the installation of the countertops.
  • Demo – Old countertops need to be removed. This will include the removal and disposal of the existing countertop.
  • Cutouts – Sink, Cooktop and Electrical outlets will typically cost extra but should be factored into the price. Almost every top has a cutout.
  • Support – Overhang support is critical at peninsulas and island tops with seating. Small overhangs will not need additional support.
  • Subtops – Cabinet makers will typically include a subtop. If you do not have an existing subtop, a 5/8″ thick subtop will need to be installed prior to the countertop installation.
  • Backsplash – Using quartz for your backsplash will cost a little extra because of the additional material and the fabrication labor to polish the top edge.

 

For more information about your next countertop project, contact Valerie at Olive Mill.
Call or text (714) 528-3789 | valerie.olivemill@gmail.com | Contractor’s License #823217

Metro Quartz Birchwood

What are the Problems with Quartz Countertops? – 6 Most Common Problems

Possible Problems with Quartz Countertops

Let’s touch on a few potential quartz common problems. But they shouldn’t stop you from choosing quartz. Instead, we hope they’ll help you know what to ask and how to plan when selecting & installing quartz.

Quartz Countertops Problems

 

1. Extreme Heat Can be Damaging

While quartz is heat resistant, it can be damaged by sudden changes in temperature. So, if you’re placing hot pans on your countertops, use a trivet or hot pad to protect them.

2. Staining Can be an Issue

Quartz is non-porous and resists most stains, but it’s not impervious. If a spill isn’t cleaned up quickly, it can cause staining. Certain foods and drinks can also cause staining, so it’s important to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.

While quartz is stain resistant, it’s not impervious to chemicals. Harsh chemicals can damage the finish of your countertops. When cleaning your countertops, use a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh cleaners or any cleaner that contains bleach.

Because quartz countertop material is non-porous, no sealing is required.

3. Quartz is Not Scratch Proof

While quartz is harder than granite, it can still be scratched. To avoid scratches, use cutting boards and avoid placing anything too heavy on your countertops.

4 . Sun U/V Rays Can Also be Damaging

While quartz is resistant to heat, it can be damaged by exposure to direct sunlight or UV rays. Over time, this exposure can cause the color of your countertops to fade. If you have quartz countertops in an area that gets a lot of sun, you may want to consider using window treatments to help protect them.

5. Seams Can be Visible

Because quartz is a man-made material, it typically comes in large slabs. These slabs are then cut to size and installed on your countertops. The seams where the quartz pieces come together can be visible, especially if the countertop is in an area where there’s a lot of light.

Poor edge seams are one of the most frequent quartz countertop flaws. Your countertop will have a lot of edge seams. A good edge seam, whether laminated or mitered, adds to the beauty of the counter. If the edge seam is very noticeable, it can be distracting.

6. Visible Caulk Lines

In some cases, caulking is used to fill the gaps between the quartz pieces. This can result in visible caulk lines, which some people may find unappealing. Caulk lines should be inconspicuous; however, it is dependent on the color of the caulk and the material along with the expertise of the installer.

Conclusion

Quartz countertops are a beautiful and durable option for your home. But like any material, there are some potential problems that you should be aware of. Extreme heat can damage quartz, so use hot pads or trivets when placing hot pans on your countertop. Staining can also be an issue, so wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Quartz is also not scratch proof, so use cutting boards and avoid placing anything too heavy on your countertop. Sunlight or UV rays can also damage quartz over time, so you may want to use window treatments to help protect your countertops. Finally, seams can be visible with quartz countertops, so keep this in mind when choosing your countertop material.

 

For more information about your next countertop project, contact Valerie at Olive Mill.
Call or text (714) 528-3789 | valerie.olivemill@gmail.com | Contractor’s License #823217

Cadenza - Metro Quartz Countertop

Are Porcelain Countertops Cheaper than Quartz?

Cadenza - Metro Quartz Countertop

Cadenza – Metro Quartz Countertop

Are porcelain countertops cheaper than quartz? This is a question that many homeowners are asking these days. The answer, however, is no – porcelain countertops are not cheaper than quartz.

So why would someone choose to install porcelain countertops in their home instead of quartz? There are a few reasons: durability, aesthetics, and price. Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors.

Durability

Porcelain is an extraordinarily strong and durable material. It is resistant to scratches, staining, and heat. This makes it an ideal choice for areas that see a lot of use, such as kitchens, BBQ Islands, and bathrooms.

Quartz on the other hand is scratch and stain resistant but is NOT resistant to staining. Quartz countertops require a sealer to help protect from staining and water absorption.

Aesthetics

Porcelain countertops come in a wide variety of colors and styles. This gives homeowners the ability to create the perfect look for their home. quartz tends to come in medium to dark colors and lack the veining that is so populate today.

Price

The cost of porcelain countertops is higher since they take longer to make and install. During the fabrication process, porcelain is a difficult material to work with. To guarantee beautiful edges, tight seams, and precise fit and finish, special methods must be employed.

Quartz costs have decreased in recent years since they are so many manufacturers, resulting in a cheaper slab.

While porcelain is not cheaper than quartz, they can be more desirable because of the more popular designs and colors. Also, porcelain countertops are not affected by heat or UV light making them more durable.

Conclusion

So, there you have it – porcelain countertops are not cheaper than quartz. But they may be the right choice for you, depending on your needs and preferences. Talk to a countertop specialist today to learn more about porcelain and whether they are right for your home.

 

For more information about your next countertop project, contact Valerie at Olive Mill.
Call or text (714) 528-3789 | valerie.olivemill@gmail.com | Contractor’s License #823217

How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Quartz for Easy Care and Maintenance
Learning how to clean quartz surface countertops takes no time at all. Quartz countertop material is a tough, non-porous, chemically resistant, high-performance surface that elevates residential kitchen aesthetics with the natural beauty of quartz.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — Routine Care

Just Use Water and a Paper Towel
Quartz surfacing material will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, simply wipe down your countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser.

Clean Up Spills Right Away — Before They Can Dry
Even though quartz resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible.

For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite®* scrub pad coupled with Formula 409® Glass & Surface Cleaner** or a comparable cleaning product.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — Essential Gear

Cutting Boards and Trivets
DuPont™ Corian® quartz surfaces are heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof. Use trivets or pads with hot pots, and always use a cutting board. Never chop or slice food directly on your quartz countertops.

How to Clean Quartz Countertops — What Not to Use

  • No Wax or Polish Necessary – Because it is non-porous, quartz surface does not require sealants or waxes. Corian® keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing.
  • Do Not Use Bleach – Avoid using cleansers that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer’s use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products.
  • Avoid High-pH Cleaners – While casual exposure to alkaline materials will not damage Corian® quartz surfaces, highly alkaline (high-pH) cleansers are not recommended.
  • Heat Damage Prevention – Do not place hot skillets or roasting pans directly onto the surface. DuPont recommends the use of trivets and hot pads.
  • Dealing with More Difficult Spills and Materials – Materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint) are especially tenacious. Remove these by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.
  • Permanent Markers – Keep permanent markers and inks away from your quartz countertops. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above in Routine Care. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone®**, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.
  • Keep Solvents and Powerful Chemicals Off the Counter – Avoid exposing quartz surfaces to strong chemicals and solvents, especially paint removers or furniture strippers containing trichloroethane or methylene chloride. Keep nail polish remover, bleach, bluing, permanent markers or inks, and oil soaps away from quartz.

Removing Cooking Grease

When grease from cooking is an issue, use Greased Lightning™**, or a comparable degreasing product, to help loosen and remove the grease from the surface. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s instructions for use.

If any of the substances listed above come into contact with quartz surfaces, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.

Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops: Pros and Cons

Salerno - Metro Quartz Countertop

Salerno – Metro Quartz Countertop

If you are in the market for a new countertop, you may wonder if quartz is the right choice. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about quartz countertops: pros and cons! We will also provide some tips on how to choose the right quartz countertop for your home.

Quartz countertops are made from natural quartz, which is a hard rock. They are extremely durable and can withstand heavy use. Quartz is also non-porous, so they do not require sealing and are easy to clean. Additionally, quartz comes in many colors and styles, making it a popular choice for kitchen countertops.

However, there are some downsides to consider before choosing quartz countertops. First, they can be expensive compared to other types of countertops. Second, if they are damaged or scratched, it can be difficult to repair them. Lastly, since quartz is a harder material than other stones used for countertops (like granite), it may be more difficult to cut and install.

Quartz is similar in hardness to granite, but it isn’t as heat resistant. If you want to cook a lot on your counters, granite may be a superior choice.

If you’re looking for a durable, stylish and easy-to-maintain countertop material, quartz might be the right choice for you. But be sure to weigh the pros and cons before making your final decision.

Pros:

  1. Non-porous (doesn’t require sealing)
  2. Easy to clean
  3. Comes in many colors and styles
  4. Scratch Resistant

Cons:

  1. Susceptible to high heat
  2. Difficult to repair if damaged
  3. Seams are visible
  4. Cold to the touch
Magnifica Porcelain Countertop

Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

Bianco Venatino Quartzite from Arizona Tile

Bianco Venatino Quartzite from Arizona Tile

 

There are many types of countertops on the market for kitchens. The most common types are quartz, porcelain, quartzite, solid surface, granite, and marble. They all have their own pros and cons. For example, some materials are scratch resistant, while others can be scratched or marred easily. And some materials are more expensive than others.

Here are the most popular kitchen countertops materials.

Quartz

Quartz is a manufactured stone that contains as much as 93 percent quartz particles and other minerals, molded into slabs, and bound with resins, making it a type of engineered stone. These aren’t real quartz slabs quarried from the earth.

Quartz was designed as a more adaptable and better-performing substitute to granite and marble by firms such as DuPont and Cosentino. It is available in a wider range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratching and staining. Some types are convincing imitations of natural marble with comparable veining. Engineered quartz does not require annual sealing, unlike natural stone.

Porcelain

Porcelain is a type of ceramic with properties such as hardness, longevity, heat resistance, and color fastness. While porcelain may be used for kitchen countertops, there are certain drawbacks. There isn’t much depth in surface designs, so if a porcelain countertop is scratched, the pattern will be disrupted/damaged, and the fact that it only runs surface deep will be revealed. When compared to other more substantial-appearing materials like granite, marble, or quartz, porcelain counters are usually very thin.

Porcelain is scratch-resistant and has a long-life span. It is also resistant to heat and stains. Counters made of porcelain are available in assorted colors and designs. They’re also simple to maintain and keep clean.

Quartzite

Quartzite is metamorphic rock. It develops naturally when sandstone or chert with a high quartz content is subjected to tremendous heat and pressure. Quartzite, which usually has a quartz content of more than 90%, can reach 99%. It is heat and scratch resistant but is susceptible to staining.

Quartzite has a glassy sheen and, in some cases, resembles marble. Quartzite is one of the most popular countertop materials for its beautiful look.

Solid Surface

Solid-surface material, also known as Corian, Staron, HI-MACS and Avonite, is a man-made product consisting of a blend of acrylic particles and resins pressed into sheets and other forms. Solid surface countertops and sinks have been around for almost 50 years, but when they were first introduced, they were space-age alternatives to natural stone, which they sought to imitate.

Solid-surface material is stain scratch resistant. Keep heat away from solid surface as not to damage the surface. The main advantage is the ability to repair and refinish, along with a seamless appearance.

Granite

Granite has long been the go-to countertop material when there were no financial concerns to consider. Granites are elegant in a kitchen. When granite worktops are utilized, even tiny kitchens seem like luxury apartments.

Granite has long been an expensive material, although its expense has dropped as supplies have grown and engineered stone has become more common.

The material is resistant to heat and scratches. Granite surfaces require special attention because they are susceptible to staining.

Marble

Marble is a popular stone for kitchen countertops. Because no two pieces of marble are identical, each marble countertop is one-of-a-kind.

Marble has the advantage of looking beautiful and being exceptionally durable, but it may stain and scratch easily. Marble’s sensitivity to stains and scratches makes it a less desirable material for kitchens than granite or soapstone.

Quartz vs Quartzite Countertops, What’s The Difference?

Bianco Aspen - Metro Quartz Countertop

Bianco Aspen – Metro Quartz Countertop

The main distinction between quartz and quartzite is the fact that quartz is a manufactured material while quartzite is a natural stone. Sandstone is converted to quartzite through a natural process of heat and pressure in which sparkling quartz crystals are fused with it.

Quartzite is usually white or light gray, but minerals in the stone can produce pink, gold, or crimson-brown hues.

Quartz countertops are made of quartz crystals that have been bonded with resins, pigments, and other materials such as shards of glass by a man-made process. The countertop material is an exceptionally durable, non-porous surface composed of quartz crystals. Quartz comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Aside from the considerable composition distinctions, the stylistic ones are also significant. Quartzite is frequently confused with marble or granite. It has the same delicate veining and coloration as marble, although it lacks the granular texture of marble. A quartzite countertop may be used to provide a natural appearance with a lot of motion.

Quartz can be made to resemble any stone and comes in a variety of colors and designs. If you want your slab to match a certain color or have a consistent design throughout, quartz is probably the best choice for your home.

The care procedure and longevity of quartz vs. quartzite are two more significant distinctions between the two materials. Quartz’s strength stems from its binding process, which helps to extract air and results in a non-porous, chip-resistant surface.

Quartzite is a hard stone. It is less dense than quartz and will stain in high-use areas. Quartzite must be sealed to avoid stains, but quartz does not.

Quartz is a popular choice for countertops due to its versatility and durability. If you enjoy having numerous alternatives and a dependable, consistent appearance to your counters; or if you’re looking for a long-lasting material that won’t break the bank, quartz may be the answer.

However, if you don’t mind a little upkeep in return for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind natural appearance, our quartzite countertops are worth considering.

So, what’s the difference between quartz and quartzite countertops? The main difference is that quartzite is a natural stone made from sandstone, while quartz is manufactured using ground-up quartz crystals. Quartzite is more durable than quartz and can withstand high temperatures, making it a good choice for kitchens or bathrooms with open flames (like gas stoves). If you’re looking for a beautiful, natural stone countertop that will last for years, go with quartzite; if you’re after a sleek, modern look, choose quartz instead. Ready to start shopping? Give us a call today!

Quartz, Porcelain and Granite Countertops Seams – Top 10 Tips

Quartz Seam

Poor Seam Quality

Many homeowners are interested in quartz, porcelain, and granite countertops for their homes. Both types of countertops offer a durable, elegant finish that can last for many years with proper care.

However, one thing to consider when choosing between these two materials is the seams. Seams are where the countertop material is joined together, and they can be more visible on certain types of stone than others.

Here are our top tips for making your quartz or granite countertop seams as inconspicuous as possible.

  1. Realistic Expectations – Have realistic expectations of the material. Although a good seam should be inconspicuous, do not expect it to be invisible. A seam in granite and quartz countertops will always be something that you can both see and feel. (Seam quality in picture to right is unacceptable.)
  2. Color and Pattern – The color and pattern selected can make a difference in the appearance of the seam. Light colors (white, beige, light grays) with a solid or small pattern will have more conspicuous seams than a material with multiple colors and patterns.
  3. See a Sample – Be sure your fabricator shows you a sample of their seam quality. A fabricator should either have a showroom that you can go to and view a seam, or they should provide a list of past clients willing to let you come to their home and see the quality of work installed.
  4. Seam Location – There is some controversy about whether a seam should be put in the middle of a sink or cooktop cut out. Some fabricators feel the seam is more vulnerable to breakage in those areas. However, if you prefer to have a seam in one or both locations, ask your fabricator if the material can handle such a small seam.
  5. Seam Layout – Seam layouts should be done before cutting material. Your fabricator should know the length and width of your material and should determine the exact position prior to cutting. If you prefer, discuss the seam location when the fabricator is making the pattern (template) for your countertop. Be sure to be present while they are doing final field measurements, so you can discuss seam location.
  6. Epoxy Seams – Countertop deck seams should be bonded with an epoxy similar in color(s) to the granite / quartz material. Deck seams should not be bonded with silicone.
  7. “Industry Standards” – This is a fancy term used to say the seam is “Good Enough”. Industry standards recommend deck seams can be up to 1/16” wide with a +/- tolerance of 1/64”. Veteran fabricators work to achieve a much tighter fit.
  8. granite seam lippage

    Quartz Seam Lippage

    Lippage – A good seam should be level. Many times, fabricators encounter un-level cabinets, varied slab thickness, and bowed or warped material. This requires the fabricator to shim the countertops or modify the material to get a quality seam. Even minor amounts of lippage are noticeable and sometimes unavoidable due to permanent warp in the material.

  9. Final Positioning – When your fabricator installs your countertops, it’s not typical to have the seam fit perfectly the first time. Most fabricators will layout the tops and do a “dry fit” the first time, and then take the tops out of the house to make slight modifications. This may need to be done multiple times to achieve a great fit. This is normal, and you should not be alarmed.
  10. See It Yourself – Be sure to be present on the day your fabricator installs the countertops. If you have any concerns about the appearance of the seam, it can be addressed immediately before countertops have been permanently set in place.

Quartz, porcelain and granite countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners. When selecting a countertop, it is important to consider the seams. These are our top 10 tips to help you choose the best quartz or granite countertop for your home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or text today. Our team would be happy to help you find the perfect countertop for your home.