A Brief Guide for Choosing your countertops—Quartz and Large-Format Porcelain

Today, I am going to continue the topic on how to choose right counter-tops for your kitchens. I talked about natural stones for countertops last week. If you haven’t read it, you can click here

Quartz

If you are the one who want modern look with less care but still want some natural elements, quartz countertops  are  the kind for you.

Quartz are engineered stone products  consisting of about 95-percent ground natural quartz and other materials with 5-percent binding resins. Here are the main features for quartz countertops:

1.Moh’s scale 6.5—7

2.Engineered from natural materials(Quartz) and added polymers, pigments and resins.

3. Engineered to be heat, scratch, pitch and stain resistant (but not bulletproof)

4. Mild soap and warm water to clean

5. Polished and textured finishes

6. Kitchen and bath applications

7. Not acceptable for outdoor applications.

Not all quartz countertops are created equal. The main players include: Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone.

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Large-Format Porcelain

Large format porcelain tiles are really hitting the countertop market with their versatile designs now thanks to the advanced digital print technologies. Composed of clays and minerals fired at very higher temperatures, porcelain is a durable surface and is on the rise for use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Slabs of porcelain can come in sizes as large as 10’ x 5’, though they can be custom ordered to be much bigger or smaller. One of the most notable qualities of these slabs that you might discover in person is how thin they are. Measuring just 6-12mm in thickness, they automatically become some of the easiest and most lightweight materials to work with.

Here are some features of porcelain countertops:

  1. Moh’s scale: 7—9

2. Engineered material

3. The hardest, most heat, scratch and stain resistant materials of all materials used for countertops.

4. Mild soap and warm water to clean

5. Polished and textured finishes

6. Kitchen and bath applications

7. Indoor and outdoor application

8. Commercial application.

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Companies such as Neolith and Florim have come out with stunning surfaces, with patterns that look almost identical to marble. Metropolitan has been fabricating full height backsplashes and full height fireplaces with large format porcelain, creating unique and beautiful spaces.

I hope you find the above information helpful

There are some protection kits. cleaning kits and pain kits you may find useful for your quartz countertop.

Happy Thursday

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A Brief Guide for Choosing your countertops—Natural Stone

There are several big decisions if you are planning  to renovate your kitchen. One of them is how to choose the proper materials for your kitchen countertops.  Two categories of materials are very popular in today’s kitchen remodeling market—natural stones and engineered materials.  Today, I am going to talk about the natural stone countertops.

50% of my clients really love the organic looks and elegant veins of natural stones.The popular natural stones in kitchen & bath applications include granite, marble, quartzite.

Granite

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Granite still stays very strong in the market demand.  Granite has following features:

  1. Moh’s scale 6-7.  Moh’s scale is used to measure the relative hardness of a mineral by its resistance to scratching. From softest to hardest, the ten minerals of the Mohs scale are talc (measuring 1 on the scale), gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond (measuring 10 on the scale).
  2. Natural materials;
  3. High heat, scratch, etch and stain resistance;
  4. Minimal maintenance, mild soap and warm water to clean;
  5. Polished and textured or honed finishes;
  6. Excellent for kitchen and bath applications;
  7. Outdoor applications. Be careful for the dark-color granite. They can become really hot if  exposed in high heat for a very long time. We usually recommend clients to use covers.

Marble 

Marble countertops, specially Carrara marble,  are extremely popular in the west coast thanks to its natural and elegant veins.

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Marble is a metamorphic stone found in mountainous regions of North America, South America, Asia, and Europe—from Colorado to Brazil and Italy. It’s created by the physical or chemical alteration of sediment into a denser form through heat and/or pressure. The resulting rock has a crystalline nature enabling it to take a polish. It also has veins of mineral deposits that pattern it, no two slabs are exactly alike. Marble has following features:

  1. Moh’s scale 3-4;
  2. natural materials;
  3. Heat resistant.
  4. Less Scratch, etch and stain resistance than Granite, quartzite and engineered quartz;
  5. Mild soap and warm water to clean;
  6. Polished and textured finishes;
  7. Acceptable for kitchen and bath applications. 
  8. Not for out-door application.

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Quartzite

quartzite-countertop-crush.jpgQuartzite is a very hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. … Quartzite is ideal for any countertop surface due to its strength and long-lasting composition. some of quartzite features include:

1. Moh’s Scale 7( harder than Granite);

2.Natural material;

3.High heat, scratch, etch and stain resistance;

4Mild soap and warm water to clean;

5. Polished and textured finishes;

6. Excellent for kitchen and bath application;

7.Acceptable for outdoor applications.

Happy Thursday

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7 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

If you are planning a kitchen  remodeling this year, you probably would like to know what’s in at the current moment.  Who doesn’t want to have the newest and best materials, products and design options for their home remodeling projects.  Plus, to get to know the trends always help you a lot on how to decide to invest your money wisely in terms of the resale values.  Here are 7 most popular trends in kitchen & bath modeling projects:

 

  1.  The most popular feature to upgrade in a renovated kitchen was the countertop, followed by the sink and backsplash, according to the survey. Faucets, wall finishes, lighting fixtures and cabinets were next on the upgrade list. kitchentrends1quartz-stone-kitchen-countertops-worktops-bench-tops-solid-surface-stone-for-kitchen-countertops
  2. The most popular kitchen countertop material is engineered quartz. White and multicolored countertops top the list.
  3. Wood floors are the top choice for kitchen flooring replacement. and wood tone is the most popular color.       kitchentrends2beautiful-white-kitchen-design-ideas-grey-metal-pendant-lighting-stainless-steel-double-door-refrigerator-freezer-brown-wooden-laminate-flooring-tile-ceramic-backsplash
  4. Shaker is the most popular cabinet style by far. The most popular cabinet style among those upgrading their cabinets was Shaker, followed by flat-panel (also known as slab).  kitchentrends3nice-white-shaker-style-cabinet-doors-best-25-white-shaker-kitchen-cabinets-ideas-on-pinterest-shaker.jpg
  5. White cabinets continue to rule kitchen cabinet upgrading followed by wood cabinets.  kitchen24.jpg
  6. The most popular kitchen backsplash is white.
  7. The most popular wall color is gray.

You can read the details by clicking here 

 

Happy Wednesday

 

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Hot Kitchen Design Trends in 2017

We all agree that kitchen is the heart of home.   Today, people treat kitchen more like a new living room, where, besides cooking, they lounge, entertain and host get- together parties.   Therefore, kitchen design has shifted from traditional triangle focus to creating multi-functional zones.

Summer is coming.  A lot of people start to plan kitchen remodeling.  According to NKBA’s 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, here are 10 kitchen trends to watch for.

1. Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs. Contemporary- styled kitchens will overtake traditional to be the second most popular design after transitional. Emerging: industrial and mid century modern. Mountain modern and coastal are variations on contemporary.

 

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 Credits: Designer: Nar Bustamante. NAR Fine Carpentry Inc., Carmichael, CA. Photo: Fred Donha

2. White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray. Blue painted and high gloss cabinets are emerging. For overall color schemes, blue as well as black are emerging.

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Credits: Designer: Cheryl Kees Clendenon. In Detail Interiors, Pensacola, FL. Photo: Greg Riegler

3. Two-toned kitchens are gaining in popularity. Also mixing it up: materials and metals, across surfaces and as accents.

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Credits: Designer: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID. Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn, CID. TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA. Photo: Bernard Andre

4.While wood cabinets dominate kitchen designs, metal – currently a small segment of the cabinet market – appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets are most frequently specified by younger and male designers.

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Credits: Designer: Sandra Gjesdahl. Co-Designer: Scott Gjesdahl. Bristol Design and Construction, Seattle, WA. Photo: Cory Holland

5.Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pullouts and under cabinet lighting (LED) are among the most popular kitchen cabinet features. Crown molding is declining. Rustic and reclaimed woods were mentioned.

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Credits: Designer: Gina Bon, CMKBD. Airoom LLC, Lincolnwood, IL. Photo: Cherie Cevantes

 

6.Quartz is the most popular kitchen countertop material, and trending up. Granite, the second most popular countertop material, is trending down.

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Credits: Designer: Dedra Hinano Nahinu, CKD. Co-Designer: J.R. Ludlow, AKBD. Inspiration Interiors, Honolulu, HI. Photo: Augie Salbosa

7. Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves.

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Credits: Designer: Gladys Schanstra, CKD, CBD. Schanstra Interior Design, Melrose Park, IL. Photo: Eric Hausman

8. Technology in the kitchen is increasing. About one-third of NKBA professionals included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. Also trending: internet connected appliances and docking stations.

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Credits: Designer: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID. Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn, CID. TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA. Photo: Bernard Andre

9.Interior barn and pocket doors are trending up.

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Credits: Designer: Robin R. Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS. Robin Rigby Fisher Design, Portland, OR. Photo: Dale Lang

10. Accessible and/or universal design features continue to trend up for kitchens.

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Credits:Designer: Cassandra Nordell-MacLean. William Standen Co., Sarnia, ON. Photo: Gerald Mabee

For more NKBA studies on this topic, please click here

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