When deciding on the materials for a kitchen remodel, the choices can be overwhelming. This is especially true when selecting countertops. Even when you decide on a particular material, such as quartz, you still need to weigh a number of factors to ensure the best match for your unique design preferences. Considerations include color, pattern, durability, edge treatments, and thickness, as well as the cost of the material, fabrication, and installation.
A Countertop Should Match Your Lifestyle
Not everyone lives the glamorous lifestyle depicted in high-end lifestyle magazines. If you have three kids, the most sophisticated meals on your regular menu may be sticky peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or gooey macaroni and cheese accompanied by a large glass of grape juice. In that case, an imported Carrara white marble slab may not be the wisest choice.
This is where HanStone quartz countertops really shine. They offer a stunning, high-performing surface that is designed to be beautifully durable and low-maintenance for many years to come.
Consider Your Countertop a Long Term Investment
Countertops account for a significant portion of a kitchen renovation spend – typically about 10% of the total budget according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association; but let’s not forget, they’re also the centerpiece of the space. As such, the surface’s color, style, and overall appearance can influence many other design choices in your space. With that in mind, the price of the countertop should be viewed as more of a long-term investment and you should seek to maximize your return with no regrets. In fact, in a study of 1,000 homeowners nationwide by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, 44% wish they had spent more on their kitchen renovation.
Granite is a popular choice, but costs can vary widely depending on factors like color, finish, and the stone’s country of origin. Some natural stone materials, such as marble, limestone, and soapstone are softer than granite and require arduous care.
The natural quartz used in HanStone, on the other hand, is one of nature's hardest surfaces. And since HanStone surfaces are backed by a residential lifetime limited warranty, homeowners have the peace of mind of knowing their investment is secure.
When Choosing Quartz, Consider the Source
When selecting a product, it’s essential to communicate with a reliable supplier who can accurately interpret your vision and help provide the best solution for your needs. Even if you’ve decided on a quartz countertop, you’ll want to consider where the supplier sources the material. While quartz manufacturers in North America adhere to strict ratios between the amount of quartz and resin they use in an engineered surface, some foreign manufacturers are less consistent, sometimes using higher percentages of resin with less quartz stone. And when you choose a North American source, you won’t have to deal with tariffs or supply issues which can greatly affect price and availability.
HanStone is created in a state-of-the-art North American manufacturing facility, delivering unequaled consistency of color, texture, and quality.
The HanStone Quartz Advantage
HanStone Quartz is high-performing, durable, and low-maintenance, available in over 60 colors. Non-porous and requiring no sealant, they’re easy to maintain and clean with just mild soap and water.
At HanStone Quartz, we are driven by the desire to make products that enhance life’s journey and help you live beautifully. Contact HanStone so we can begin collaborating on your unique vision today.