Granite is heavy and quartz can be even heavier. Professional installation is highly recommended for quartz countertops in kitchens for a long list of reasons that go beyond its weight. They are a big investment and installers should be certified to mount the specific brand of quartz you purchase. Many countertops come with a warranty, but often if installed by a certified professional. Even though some home stores sell the material as a DIY, most experts don`t recommend going it alone – except for those who sell it that way. Quartz is a wonderful option for those who want the look of stone with less maintenance hassle. Or, if you want the durability of quartz in a brighty hued version, quartz can do that too. Just make sure you budget appropriately for this beautiful and durable kitchen countertop option.
Granite countertops have been at the height of popularity for years now and in great demand for a high-end look with relatively little maintenance. The are substantial, visually stunning and extremely long lasting. As with all other countertop materials, they are an investment and you`ll want to be sure granite is the right choice by doing your research and homework. Granite is a natural, igneous rock composed of quartz, feldspar, micas, and a mixture of additional trace minerals. Forbes explains they types and amounts of the different minerals are what give granite different colors, textures and patterns. It typically 10 to 50% quartz, which is semi-transparent white, and 65 to 90% feldspar, usually pinkish or white. Generally, natural stone like granite is desirable because it has more character than man-made countertop surfaces. Granite is sourced from around the world, including India, Brazil, Norway, Italy and China. The world`s largest deep-hole dimension granite quarry is near Barre, Vermont.
A special leak detection system alerts owners if there is a leak, helping to prevent any major water damage in case something goes wrong. Bosch appliances presented a number of new appliances, including a coffee station and dishwasher, many of which can now be connected wirelessly with control systems like Alexa and Nest. Coffee lovers will adore the built-in automatic coffee machine. Of course, it makes all the coffee drinks like espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and such, but the best thing is its programmable functions. You can start your morning coffee while you’re still getting ready. If you’re having guests, you can pre-program their favorite coffee drinks so it makes entertaining easier. Best of all, it can be installed without a water line for manual filling, allowing you to have one just about anywhere. Bosch has been known for the quietest dishwashers, and now the company has added a third shelf. Called the MyWay Rack, it allows for more flexibility in the way the dishwasher is loaded. The third rack at the top is deep enough for cereal bowls and can accommodate large cooking utensils. It also has a silverware insert tray. The specially angled top shelf allows you to place stemware in the shelf underneath in a stable way that prevents the glasses from clanking together.
Never use abrasive cleansers or scouring pads on a quartz countertop because it can dull the surface. Products that can harm your counter include things like nail polish remover, drain cleaner and dishwasher rinsing agents. Even concentrated bleach and oven cleaners can cause damage. Certain chemicals can disintegrate the bond between the quartz and the resin. The process for installing quartz countertops is much like any other. A professional will need to visit your home to measure the cabinets and create a template. Manufacturing time averages about 2 weeks. Supports may be necessary in areas such as above the dishwasher, where there is no cabinetry. Next, the installers will put the new countertop directly on the base cabinets with adhesive. Home Advisor notes that it takes from a few hours to a full day to install a typical quartz countertop. After they are in place, the plumber can get started. Custom edge profiles add to the character of your design and make the countertops extra special. In most cases, an eased edge, which provides a smooth finish, bevel, and bullnose edges are standard and do not cost extra. There are a quite a few edge options to choose form, depending on your taste and budget.
I just love the simple lines and muted colors of these champagne flutes. Whether you buy a few of one color or mix and match, they‘ll totally bring the glam of your bar cart way way up. How about a pretty pattern in gold on your glasses? I promise, no matter what you put in these, from simple champagne to whiskey sours, those gilded patterns will make anything look gorgeous.
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