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(Musings of a Stone Designer)
Tuesday, March 28 2017
Countertops are like politics. The public keeps hearing the same message repeated over and over until it becomes part of their consciousness. First, the popular sentiment is expressed by a self-appointed expert. Then it is discovered by another's "research." Next, it is posted again and again, as undisputed fact. Soon, it is the only viable opinion. Eventually, we don't even question its truth.
When it comes to choosing a material for your countertops, I offer five suggestions to help you cut through to the truth:
1) Don't believe all the hype generated by companies marketing their own products.
2) Don't submissively delegate decisions about your personal living space to your designer or your builder. (Their priorities may be different than yours, and quite possibly, they will be motivated by much different criteria than you are)
3) Don't base your selection on what everyone else is doing, unless you want your house to look like everyone elses...or you want visitors to know at a glance the year your kitchen was built or remodeled.
4) Do gather information and opinions from a variety of sources. Countertop fabricators will be more aware of problems with materials. Contractors or builders (with skin in the game) may be the most knowledgeable about what voids warranties. Designers will have a better sense of the trends. Homeowners can talk about their personal experience living with the product. Unfortunately, a large majority of writers will simply repeat what they read or heard, without actually having any first-hand knowledge.
5) Remember, nothing is perfect in every way and no product is right for every application. If your source sounds too "black-and-white," you should probably disregard their advice.
Follow these links for helpful information:
5 Countertop Options to Know
5 Questions to ask when choosing kitchen countertops
Thursday, March 09 2017
I loved this very balanced article from Houzz.com about the battle between Quartz and granite. (See the link below) I have found that most information written about countertop material originates from the product's marketing departments, or from homeowners who tend to be biased toward the decision they have already made. It is refreshing to read true pros and cons, followed by comments from actual experts, in this case designers and fabricators. It is also interesting to note the different perspectives most often taken by the two professions. Designers typically prioritize appearance and trendiness; Fabricators tend to go for function and longevity.
After reading the article and the comments that followed, I spotted a few common themes:
1) At the moment, Quartz is in high demand and very popular among designers. In contrast, granite is prefered by builders & fabricators, as it is time-tested and will continue to be around for a very long time.
2) Properties true about one Quartz are pretty much true about all. On the other hand, granite comes in many varieties and therefore is more difficult to make blanket statements about. There are "busy" granites and "clean style" granites. There are hard granites, harder granites, and granites that are the very hardest. While one exotic variety of granite may be porous, or chip easily, most others do not have these problems. (Todays sealers are so effective, staining is no longer a big concern with granite)
3) Under certain circumstances, Quartz may scorch, chip, or fade, and cannot be repaired. Quartz may crack if it comes in contact with high temperatures, as it is not heat-proof. Be sure to read the warranty! Granite is very heat-resistant and can be repaired if it chips.
4) Finally, those of us who are partial to natural stone are bothered by the artificial elements of Quartz. (The unnatural look, especially when used in large expanses, the toxins in the polymors used to manufacture, the misleading name)
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