Kitchen Remodeling – Countertop Trends

Kitchen remodeling is on the to-do list for many homeowners each year. Whether you’re talking a minor kitchen remodel or a major kitchen remodel, one thing that is nearly always updated is your countertops.

If you still have laminate countertops, you’ve probably been dreaming about new granite countertops. But not so fast. You may be surprised to learn a new countertop material is overtaking granite in kitchen remodeling projects. It’s not wood or stainless steel, but quartz.

Unlike granite, marble or soapstone, which are all natural stone products, quartz is an engineered stone, made up of 93% ground natural quartz, combined with 7% polymer resin and pigments to bind the materials together. This makes quartz countertops very strong and durable.

Quartz has been around for years, but is gaining in popularity because of declining prices and the release of new colors. Quartz is stronger than granite, resisting scratches and cracking. In addition to its strength, quartz is non-porous, making it stain resistant and safe from spills of oils and cleaning products. Unlike granite, quartz never needs to be resealed.

Since quartz countertops are man-made, they come in a much wider variety of colors and patterns than granite. And you don’t have to go pick out a slab, like you do with granite. Quartz is uniform throughout without unexpected variations.

Any way you look at it, quartz countertops are a sound investment.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling project, call ALC Contractors today. We are award-winning kitchen remodeling experts. Check out our kitchen remodeling page for some examples of our work.