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Quartz countertops make a comeback

SPONSORED • Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 2:10 p.m. CDT

Quartz isn’t what it used to be. It’s better.

So much better, in fact, that in many applications it has replaced granite as the countertop of choice.

How? Unlike granite, quartz is non-porous, and being non-porous is important, particularly in the kitchen where it can resist stains and food-borne bacteria.   You won’t have to worry about throwing a raw chicken on the counter because it won’t absorb the germs, which makes it an ideal choice for commercial as well as residential purposes.

It never needs sealing, unlike most granite, which has to be sealed every year. And even after sealing, granite is still porous.

Cambria quartz countertops are leading the revolution, boasting 93 percent quartz and seven percent resin, with added color. Quartz is a natural stone, but Cambria takes it a step further, engineering it to outperform granite.

But designers love Cambria because it comes in more than 100 consistent colors. Granite countertops often vary in color because granite is quarried. In other words, you get what comes out of the ground, and if you need more than one slab in your kitchen, they may not look the same.

And while manufactured quartz countertops like Cambria’s cost more than lower grade granite, but the price of a better grade of granite becomes exponentially higher than Cambria. With Cambria, every color is the same price, and you have a choice of nearly a dozen different edges, making it a great value for your money.

Hines Supply, a building supply dealer with nine locations, sells Cambria quartz countertops. Visit them in Grayslake at 939 S. Rte 83.

Hines Supply | 847.231.1500 | www.hinessupply.com

Diane Krieger Spivak

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