By Leanne Mueller | In-House Designer
Waterfall Quartz Countertops
When we design one of our luxury custom homes in the greater Seattle area, selecting the right materials and accents can make or break the aesthetics of the home. You can really make a kitchen or bathroom stand out with beautiful granite or quartz, but how do you choose which one is right for your home? Granite and other natural stone countertops remain in high demand by many homeowners because of their timeless quality, organic beauty and durability. Others are drawn to quartz, a manufactured composite material that allows you to achieve a sleek uniform look, or replicate natural stone. With its own appealing qualities quartz is quickly growing in popularity. The good news is both materials combine beauty and durability. There is no wrong choice, just personal preference. Let’s take a look at some of the most important characteristics of each material to help you make the choice that best meets your needs:
Natural stone, like granite is not typically uniform in appearance. Being a natural material no two slabs are alike, making each one beautiful, unique, and not “perfect”. This is the material for those who really enjoy having natural materials in their home and can appreciate the natural beauty, seeing its potential flaws as character. Selecting natural stone from a small sample can be difficult. For this we reason, we recommend taking a trip to the stone yard to make final selections and pick your exact slab.
Quartz, a composite material made of resin plus natural stone comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It can mimic natural stone, or have a solid smooth appearance. With the design trends of more modern interiors the solid quartz really has become sought after. Quartz provides a clean simple solution and what you see is what you get. The colors and patterns are consistent throughout each slab and for the most part can be ordered right off a sample.
DURABILITY & MAINTENANCE
Countertops made of granite are extremely durable but should not be considered indestructible and requires a level of care. It is a natural rock and can break or chip if subject to heavy abuse. For regular day to day activities though, and with proper maintenance, this is a countertop that can last for a lifetime. Granite is considered durable and heat resistant, but it can scratch and chip (can be buffed out or filled by a professional). Natural stone is also porous and can stain, so sealing at installation and resealed on a regular basis is needed. Properly sealed natural stone also does a decent job keeping out germs. Taking the extra care required will maintain the natural beauty of your stone.
Quartz surfaces are also very durable and capable of lasting many years. The non-porous surface of quartz makes it relatively easy to maintain, and doesn’t require sealing. It is durable, scratch resistant, stain resistant, and won’t collect contaminants – easier to keep germ-free. Quartz is not as heat resistant as granite, so this is something to be aware of. If chips or scratches do occur quartz can be repaired by a professional. The ease of maintaining and cleanliness of quartz countertops are some of the primary reasons that they have become so popular.
There is no right or wrong when choosing custom countertops for your home, so let your imagination and taste guide you in the design process. When designing our contemporary custom homes, we help our clients every step of the way in choosing what works for their own unique home. For more information on available properties, please visit: http://burnstead.com/communities/