Actually, a quartz countertop is not going to be 100 percent quartz. The material is man-made, combining quartz with other materials. It is actually 90% ground with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. The quartz minerals are mixed with the resin and then treated with pressure and heat to form the countertop material, which very hard and granite-like. How finely the quartz is ground will determine the appearance. Coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance and finely ground quartz gives a smoother look. Countertop thickness ranges from ½ inch to 1-¼ inches, depending on style, brand, and size. Because the resin binds all the quartz crystals together, the end product is nonporous, making it exceptionally sanitary. There are no cracks or crevices for bacteria and germs to settle in and it serves as a perfect work surface. You can even purchase quartz countertops that are certified as food safe. It‘s also waterproof so it can be used with an under-mounted sink. Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz counters do not need to be sealed. Nonporous surfaces like quartz also help resist stains. They are easy to clean using mild soap, water, and a soft cloth. When buying natural stone, you have to choose the specific slab you want to use thanks to the variations in color and pattern that Mother Nature provides in a single slab of stone. This is not the case with quartz countertops. Because they are manufactured, you won’t have wide variations in color and pattern and can have a more consistent look.
Transparent glass is the most common and versatile of all. It suits all styles and all kitchen types, some better than others. Simple, transparent glass for kitchen cabinet doors is the classic and safe choice in the sense that it would always look nice regardless of the latest trends. However, there are a few things to consider in this case. Even though transparent glass is the most widely available, it shows smudges and fingerprints so you have to keep the cabinet doors clean and sparkling at all times. Also, since the glass is transparent, it doesn‘t really hide anything so everything inside the cabinets will be on display for everyone to see. If you want a type of glass that at least gives the impression of hiding the contents of your kitchen cabinet, consider frosted glass. This is a type of glass that’s blasted with sand or grit and which has a cool and sleek look, being suitable for modern decors and settings. Keep in mind that frosted doesn't mean opaque so perhaps your guests might not be able to distinguish the little details on the boxes and other things that you keep in your cabinets but they’ll still be able to see their silhouettes and to figure out that your cabinets are a mess when that's actually true. A cool thing about frosted glass, however, is the fact that it can be etched with custom patterns and designs.
Kitchen cabinets with glass doors are pretty tricky. You either love them or you hate them. It‘s easy to dismiss the option based on nothing but an association with a style that you don’t like but don‘t generalize the look. Glass kitchen cabinet doors are more versatile and adaptable than you think plus they also have a practical side. They‘re a pretty great compromise between solid cabinetry and open shelving, allowing you to organize everything neatly inside a unit and to have it put on display at the same time. There are, of course, lots of variations based on the type of glass you choose for your cabinets.
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