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Trends in Countertops: Quartz

February 8, 2017

At Dunbar Builders, we are discovering that quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular for use in kitchens and bathrooms, and are giving the ever-reigning king of kitchen countertops, granite, a run for its money. Dunbar Builders has used quartz in many of our homes, especially in the kitchens we build. Read on to find out more about this trend in countertops...

About quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are made from crushed quartz, which is an extremely durable substance. Pigments are then added for coloration, and resin is used to bind it all together. Quartz now comes in a wider range of colors than granite does, comes pre-sealed so it does not require any resealing (granite needs re-sealing once a year), and is not a high maintenance material.


If you are seeking a marble alternative, quartz is an excellent choice

Quartz provides a classic, elegant, upscale look. Quartz is a huge trend for countertops now because of its durability and wide range of color options. Many people want the elegant and classic look of marble with low-maintenance convenience. Quartz is a nice alternative to marble because it is less porous and more durable. Quartz engineers have been able to recreate the look of marble - from the ever popular Carrera marble (white finish with grey veining) to much darker colors like black marble with white or gold veining. If you are seeking a marble alternative, quartz is an excellent choice! Like the natural stone marble, quartz offers a range of veining from barely there, to delicate, to heavier, chunkier veining throughout the slab.

Quartz for the contemporary home

As trends in home design continue to move toward a more modern, streamlined look, quartz remains in high demand. Not only does quartz provide an excellent alternative to marble for those people who want a timeless, classic look, quartz also provides a contemporary alternative. These contemporary options range from fire engine red to browns and creams. Some options have small bits of recycled glass in them and metallic flecks which are added to the mix during manufacturing and make quartz quite the eye catcher!


Endless options in quartz countertops

As time has passed, quartz has evolved, and today, the former complaint that quartz lacked as many variations as natural stone had has been laid to rest. Engineers have now created quartz with veining, flecks, recycled glass, and swirls. There are so many options now! Another welcomed addition is more choices in the finish of your countertops. Where a honed finish was previously not an option with quartz, it now is. If you prefer the glossy finish like granite, that is available too.

Now you see why quartz is one of the top contenders in countertops at Dunbar Builders, and why it offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops.