Published at Saturday, June 15th 2019. In kitchen. By Lyda Alyssia.
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.
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.
Choose you cleaning products carefully when caring for quartz countertops. Products that are acidic or alkaline can damage the surface of the material. The chemical in rust removers, heavy duty cleaners, bleach and other compounds can be harmful. Make sure you read the care literature your manufacturer provides. Home Style Choices points out that the small percentage of resin material in your countertop means it’s not totally a mineral surface. While some sellers say that you can cut right on the surface, regularly cutting on the surface can lead to scratches. These countertops are equally as popular – and expensive – as natural stone options. As with any countertop material, the price of quartz varies according to the style, design and colors you choose. The more sink and appliance cut-outs you need, the more slabs you use and the fancier the edge treatments you choose, the more the cost will go up. Quartz is not a bargain choice. A general range is $60 to $100 a square foot installed. Other sources like Home Advisor cite higher prices, such as $150 to $280 per square foot.
According to The Kitchen, don‘t use abrasive cleaners and sponges, Windex, acidic liquids like vinegar, lemon, lime, or anything with ammonia or bleach. Frequent use of these chemicals will dull and weaken the sealant over time. How much does granite cost? Granite has a wide price range of $45-$400 per square foot per square foot, installed. The great variation is due to variations in the rarity of the stone, its thickness, origin, and any special features. Buyers should ask plenty of questions as to whether price quotes include installation. According to the Family Handyman, an ambitious DIY enthusiast can indeed install a granite countertop. If you have straight countertops with no inside corners, or are just installing an island, it‘s actually quite an easy DIY project.
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