Remodeling on a Budget? Here Are Four Tips to Save on Quartz Countertops
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen but don’t want to break the bank, look no further than quartz. Quartz is an engineered stone that’s made up of quartz and flexible resins, which gives it the strength of granite – with better impact resistance and simpler installation options.
Quartz is a great choice for those on a budget because it stays looking brand new for years – you won’t have to consider a replacement until very far down the road – if ever. But that’s not the only reason that it goes easy on the wallet. This article is here to outline a few reasons as to why quartz is a great choice for customers who want to stay within a certain price range.
If you’re looking for a quality product for a quality price, keep reading. We’re going to share four tips about saving money with quartz countertops.
Engineered Quartz – First of All, What Is It?
Engineered quartz, while a man-made product, is mostly composed of natural materials. It includes 90-94% ground quartz, and 6-10% resins and pigments, and those ingredients combined turn it into the durable and nonporous final material. The durability of engineered quartz is impressive – it’s resistant to scratching, dents, and abrasions, and it doesn’t need to be sealed like natural stones do.
Quartz is also easy on the environment. There’s plenty of it available and the final product is nontoxic and hypoallergenic. It also lasts a lifetime, rarely needing to be replaced, so it doesn’t create unnecessary waste.
Quartz can be used almost anywhere. Along with countertops, it can also be used for backsplashes, walls, and flooring. It also deals well with heat – while we recommend that you practice caution with hot things on quartz, it holds up well under hot temperatures.
1. Colors and Patterns
Something people love about quartz is the wide variety of options that it’s known for. No matter your preference, there’s sure to be a style of quartz that fits what you’re looking for – all the while staying within your budget.
Quartz comes in an array of colors, patterns, and textures; there’s something for everyone with this material. And these varieties are more consistent than natural stone, which is great for customers that gravitate towards uniformity over unpredictability.
Bright white is the most popular variation of quartz, but other colors include natural tones like gray and beige, black, and even red. (Common colors like white and cream are the least expensive, while rare colors tend to be higher in price.)
With all these colors to choose from, it’s less likely that you’ll have to stray from quartz and head to a more expensive stone. Everything you need is right in front of you.
The surface of engineered quartz has everything to do with how the quartz is ground. Quartz with a flecked appearance has been coarsely ground, while smooth quartz was finely ground.
Manufacturers have mastered the art of creating quartz countertops that mimic the look of natural stone. So, if you’re looking for that class factor without shelling out tons of cash, this is the way to go.
2. Different Brands of Engineered Quartz
There are plenty of reputable brands of engineered quartz to choose from, including Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria, and more. The companies stand apart from one another with their unique color tones and styles, but you can find quality quartz from any of them. They all offer fair prices that allow you to stay within your budget, and the choice will most likely come down to which company stocks the color and style options that you’re looking for.
3. Cleaning and Maintenance
You might not expect it, but cleaning and maintenance is yet another area that can save you money on engineered quartz. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on specialty cleaning products, all we recommend for daily cleaning is soap and water – both of which you probably already have.
If there’s a stubborn stain that just won’t budge with soap and water, Soft Scrub is the way to go, which you can buy for close to nothing. The finish of your quartz countertop will remain intact throughout this cleaning, without the need for costly replacement.
4. Staying in Your Budget
Engineered quartz is known for being more affordable than granite and marble, but the final price will depend on the color that you choose and your location.
We can’t say this enough: Don’t discount the value of remnants! Especially if you’re interested in staying within a budget, scrap yards are great places to start. You never know what you might find there; a diamond in the rough from someone else’s leftover project could be waiting for you.
Your Quartz, Your Budget
At CCT Natural Stone Designs, we consider ourselves experts on engineered quartz. If you have questions about the material or would like assistance on staying within your budget, contact us today!
Quality, Ingenuity and Selection
Our talented designers are able to interpret your project requirements precisely and then translate them into a practical and workable solution, using an endless selection of the highest quality natural stone available. Our expert fabricators are then able to accurately create your vision using their years of experience and today’s latest technology.