Quartz is a mineral, not a stone. Engineered quartz kitchen countertops are made out of crushed quartz and a resin binder. These materials are then bonded together with high heat and pressure. Also, additional pigments may be added for color. Depending on the manufacturer, color, and edge treatment, engineered quartz countertops can be quite expensive. They can also up the resale value of your home.
Engineered granite and marble countertops are also available. They are manufactured the same way as engineered quartz.
Engineered countertops are made to look and feel like natural stone. Unlike natural stone, these countertops will be completely smooth. A disadvantage of engineered countertops is that the material will not have the variations and veining of natural stone.
Engineered countertops are available in a wide array of colors, patterns, and finishes. Because they are man-made, the color and pattern will be consistent throughout the piece. The material is durable, nonporous, and low maintenance. While resilient, engineered countertops can still show scratches. It is also possible to chip or crack the material.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops — or remodel your entire kitchen — contact us today for a free estimate. Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. is Lancaster County’s premier kitchen remodeling company. We offer Starmark Cabinetry and work along with local countertop companies to give you the kitchen of your dreams.
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