Published at Thursday, 13 June 2019. kitchen. By Lyda Alyssia.
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.
Installation is tricky with no room for error. Granite slabs can be easily damaged during installation and cannot be repaired. A damaged slab must be replaced without costs. Also, the base cabinets must be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the granite slab, which is something to seriously consider if you are remodeling. According to Rempros, granite countertops, in particular, require professional installation. Cutting the slab, making the sink cutouts, polishing edges and seaming is challenging. The Family Handyman says that it‘s not worth it for a do it your selfer to invest the time and dollars required for something they will likely do only once Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when radium decays into radon, and it is naturally found in granite.
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.
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