Cabinets City is a reputable company in Illinois. We fabricate cabinetry for our customers, helping them to spruce up the look and feel of their kitchens and bathrooms. We also offer countertop sales, which derive from top brands, like MSI, Cosmos, Silestone, Cambria and Caesarstone. Engineered quartz is our specialty, which is in high demand from our clientele.
All of the professionals at Cabinets City are licensed, bonded and insured. For decades, we have worked with homeowners throughout Chicago and surrounding areas. This includes fabricating and installing the slabs in the kitchens and bathroom vanities in our customers’ homes.
We have a long list of happy customers, which shows the quality of our installations. Our contractors give special attention to detail during the fabrication and installation phases. We take measurements of the kitchen and bathroom counters to ensure the slabs are a perfect fit.
When you want great quality at an unbeatable price, you should consider hiring the licensed professionals at Cabinets City.
Contact us today to learn more about our products and installation services. Free quotes are always available!
Buying Quartz for Your Kitchen
The countertops in your kitchen should be attractive and functional. One quality without the other and you have yourself a dysfunctional kitchen and/or a poor design. When you look on the market for a countertop, you’ll come across various brands and materials.
Some of the most popular on the market happen to be made of natural and engineered stones. This is where quartz comes into play. Engineered quartz is a top pick among homeowners because of its beauty and durability.
What’s it Made Of?
Quartz is an engineered stone that’s comprised of mainly ground up quartz (90 percent) and the rest is a mix of resins, pigments and polymers. The end result is a stone that looks a lot like granite. However, it does depend on the production of the quartz. How it’s ground will determine its appearance.
For instance, if it’s coarsely ground, then the quartz will look flecked. Then quartz that’s finely ground will have an appearance that’s smoother.
What Brands Are Trusted?
Some of the top brands that manufacture engineered quartz countertops include Silestone, Cambria, MSI, Cosmos and Caesarstone, which are all available at Cabinets City.
But is it Eco-Friendly?
This is a concern a lot of consumers have, who are looking to lessen their negative impact on the environment. The good news is that quartz has a light to moderate impact on the environment. The second most abundant stone in the crust of the earth just so happens to be quartz. This is a good thing.
However, engineered quartz countertops are mixed with alumina trihydrate fillers that derive from bauxite ore. This is mined from various countries by workers. There are some brands that are certified by Green Guard to have low emissions. This includes Silestone.
What Are the Pros and Cons?
As with any type of stone on the market, you’re going to find pros and cons with the quartz variety. How well the good outweighs the bad will come down to your own personal preferences.
We already know quartz countertops are engineered by people, which means you’re not getting a 100% natural stone. For some people this is a big issue. Such as for those who prefer to have the real thing. However, if you’re looking for a product that looks like stone and has great durability, then engineered quartz is recommended.
It is a tough slab of stone and resin, which makes it last a very long time. It comes in a large variety of color options, and some sellers will even customize the colors for you. This is great if you’re trying to match décor that is very unique. You also don’t have to worry about cracks and stains. The texture of the slab makes it difficult for mold and bacteria to grow, since there are no pores. This also contributes to its stain resistant capabilities.
All you need is mild soap and warm water to keep the surface nice and clean.
Since there are no pores, there’s no way water can seep through and harvest fungal growths. This makes it a great option for moist environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens. And that’s exactly where homeowners are placing them.
On the downside, engineered quartz can be expensive, depending on where you purchase it from. It’s also not that great with tolerating high heat. So make sure you have pot holders to protect your precious counter from burns.
Why Go with Quartz Over Granite?
That’s the big question most homeowners ask when deciding which countertop material to purchase. Besides the aforementioned pros and cons for quartz, there are downsides worth mentioning about granite counters.
For one, since the stones are naturally produced, you can’t ensure your kitchen will have a uniform appearance. This is because the color varieties and patterns are unique. With engineered quartz, you have more control over uniformity, since the counters are created. You can choose the colors you want.
Also, granite counters have to be sealed, unlike engineered quartz. Natural stones are porous, so they are susceptible to stains, mold and bacteria. It’s essential to have them sealed upon installation and regularly thereafter to ensure they stand the test of time.
If the sealant becomes compromised, then the counters may become stained. Also, while granite stone is durable, they aren’t indestructible. So it can break and chip if not taken care of properly. Daily activities that involve lots of abuse to the countertop will make it more prone to becoming damaged.
The seams found in countertop slabs can be unsightly for some homeowners. These aren’t easy to hide, so they tend to show up after they’ve been installed. Quartz stone slabs are all one piece, so there are no seams to worry about.
Choosing the right material for your home comes down to what you prefer. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to maintain, looks natural and offers great durability, then engineered quartz is right for you.
Give Cabinets City a call now to receive a free quote for your quartz countertops!