Why Quartz Countertops
Stone Emporium specializes in designing and creating custom made tops for architects, interior designer’s domestic and commercial projects and homeowners. We do all aspects of stonework including kitchens, baths and surrounds, vanity tops, fireplaces and unique designer pieces. We bring the luxury of natural stone to your home and business owners who want low-maintenance, durable surfaces often pick attractive quartz countertops for their renovation or new construction projects.
What is quartz?
Quartz countertops are an engineered product made up of more than 90 percent quartz. A combination of natural minerals and advanced technology to create a stone that looks spectacular but also can be maintained very easily. Although quartz doesn’t naturally possess the appearance of marble, as it is man made it can be designed to look that way. This is exactly what a lot of the leading quartz companies do to appeal to that specific market. We’re talking about the likes of Caesarstone, Alleanza Quartz, Silestone and Mega Marble. The remaining percentage consists of a bonding resin. Quartz resists staining, chipping, and scratching, yet fits in nicely with a variety of design motifs, including industrial, shabby chic, contemporary or eclectic. Super-hard and with a more consistent pattern than natural stone, quartz countertops can be used throughout a home or building – inside or outdoors – to create a unified look.
Our Strength lies in our ability to provide an amazing selection of Kitchen Countertops including Quartz Kitchen countertops and Granite and Marble Countertops
With the look of natural stone, minus the maintenance, these surfaces give granite a run for its money. In the past, the biggest knock against quartz was that it lacked the patterns and color variations you get with natural stone. But that’s a moot point now, with all the manufacturers offering multihued slabs with enough flecks, swirls, and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
They were once available only with a polished finish; now you can get one with a honed, sandblasted, or embossed treatment. So if it’s the look of matte limestone, textured slate, or glossy granite that you want, there’s a quartz countertop for you. Read on for help picking one to match your budget, your cooking and cleaning needs, and your style.
We set up a time for to visit your home to take some measurements, present some samples and guide you thru the process, or send us a sketch for quote purposes.
- You will get a price quote. Once we know the complexity of the installation, including the edge profile, number of slabs, and cutout details, we can quote the actual cost of the entire job.
- We will get the slab from the distributor or direct from the manufacturer and shape it to your specs in about a week. If you’re using multiple slabs, consider asking us to match the patterns between the slabs.
- Installation is our last step. We lay the slab directly on top of cabinets. It’s held in place with silicone-based construction adhesive, and any seams between slabs are filled with color-matched epoxy resin. Undermount sinks are installed with clips that attach to the underside of the countertop. Expect installation for a typical kitchen to take from a few hours to a day.