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.
Some of the most attention-getting kitchen innovations are with appliances, especially with cooktops, ovens and ranges. From new sizes to more flexibility in creating a kitchen that works for a family‘s lifestyle, there are more options than ever, and the only limit is your dream — and your budget! More than a century ago, Bertazzoni started as a maker of wood-burning stoves and over the intervening century has evolved into a global purveyor of high-end appliances. While it creates various sizes of ranges, the highlight was this counter-depth six-burner cooktop, which is desirable for many US homes where custom kitchens use this depth for appliances. The slimmer range still offers the power of six burners. Those seeking a more specialized custom cooking experience can look to Jenn Air, whose new offerings include interchangeable cooking components. Here the cooktop features an induction wok segment, a gas-powered standard cooktop and a teppanyaki-style griddle. Moreover, Jenn-Air is soon launching kitchen components that will work with your Alexa voice-activated home assistant.
Wolf also offers custom component options for cooktops. Here, a deep fryer, a grill, gas burner and teppanyaki griddle make up the cooking system. Also available are steamers, electric and induction specialty units. These allow homeowners to design a kitchen exactly for the type of cooking they do. Of course, there are those who will always prefer the power of gas burners, and Wolf offers plenty of options, such as this arrangement. The cooktops come with choices of two, four or five burners. Ilve, well-known for its ranges that can be ordered in an amazing range of colors, has added new features and sizes. This 36-inch range has an induction cooktop and a larger oven cavity. Originally a smaller 30-inch model made for smaller spaces, this slightly larger version can be had in any custom color. Bluestar kitchens highlighted their appliances in a collection of settings that feature styles from US regions. Here, their double ovens in red are paired with green cabinetry and matching custom doors for the refrigerator in a Pacific Northwest kitchen. In a Southwestern color palette, Bluestar features a stunning ventilation hood, and a customizable range with various cooktop options. The range is available in sizes that are appropriate for smaller kitchens as well.
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