Countertops are more than just countertops

Kitchen countertops and islands get a lot of use and take a lot of abuse. Design and budget savvy homeowners are increasingly turning to the durability, variety and beauty of quartz as their choice of material for the countertops in their kitchens.

“Quartz is a go-to choice for industry professionals as a result of it’s durable nature; making it the ideal surface for a number of different applications.” -Kelly Abesdris HanStone Quartz Canada

Quartz is an engineered stone made from crushed rock – 95 percent ground natural quartz, with the balance a resin. This nonporous, nonabsorbent surfacing material is resistant to mold and mildew, scratches, stains, cracks, heat and most household chemicals. Quartz is easy to clean and because it’s nonporous, it doesn’t need to be sealed or polished in order to maintain its finish. You can use it alone or for an integrated sink and countertop application.

A popular countertop choice for either kitchen or bathroom, one of the main reasons for its exploding popularity is Quartz’s appearance. It has the look of stone but adds a clean, uniform look with consistent patterns and is available in stunning colours, allowing homeowners to easily customize the design. Working with 3 local suppliers, HanStoneTCE and Caesarstone, Zen Living’s professional fabricators cut and finish the Quartz countertops in our Calgary location, reducing the distance the materials need to be transported, making Quartz an environmentally friendly choice for your renovation.

“Quartz is maintenance-free, and is most popular with starter and move-up buyers and has been the market leader for the past three years,” says Martina Solaroli Zen Living -Account Manager, estimating that about 75 percent of Zen’s residential installations are quartz.

That’s despite the fact the marketplace for countertops has become more competitive in recent years, and now includes granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, laminate, stainless steel, butcher block wood, and concrete. Martina says exotic granites continue to be popular for the bungalow and condo home buyers in Calgary although quartz is appearing in high end estate homes.

“Estate home owners are usually looking for a one of a kind countertop with the all natural stonel, that’s why exotic granite continues its appeal. But quartz is breaking into this segment with new products that mimic the natural look of granite,”Martina says.

Unlike most suppliers, at Zen Living we cut and finish Quartz and laminate countertops in our state- of -the -art factory in Calgary’s Foothills Industrial Park. This innovation allows us to pass along significant savings making our high- quality countertops highly affordable. We believe our customers deserve the very best prices while guaranteeing them greater control in the design process. Discover the world of Zen; explore our globally inspired finishes and stylish design options at our Calgary showroom, 4216 61 Avenue S.E.

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