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About This QuizThere are many options for today's kitchen counters. One substance that is growing in popularity as a countertop is quartz. But is it a wise choice? Take this quiz to see what you know about quartz countertops.
What room becomes a focal point at most dinner or cocktail parties?
There are many potential reasons for this, but most of them relate to a certain comfort level most people associate with kitchens.
How much did the average American kitchen renovation cost in 2006?
Kitchen renovations are amongst the most expensive remodels you can do in your house. But since you will probably spend a lot of time there, it may be worthwhile.
On average, how much return on investment do most mid-range kitchen renovations deliver?
With such a high return on investment, kitchen renovations are often easier to justify financially as well.
Why is changing countertops one of the most dramatic ways you can upgrade your kitchen's look?
They are the most visible feature.
Other than the floor or ceiling in your kitchen, your counters probably take up the most visible space in your entire kitchen.
They get the most direct usage.
They feature the most variety in options and colors.
When did quartz countertops first hit the market?
the mid 1980s
the early 1990s
Since their debut, quartz countertops have gained popularity. Such countertops are engineered from 93 percent quartz mixed with colorants and binders.
Why is quartz a good substance to use for countertops?
It is inexpensive and plentiful.
Because of its many benefits, including its durability, quartz has become a favored material for countertops.
It is durable and stain-proof.
It is healthier and renewable.
What are Silestone and Zodiaq?
brands of quartz countertops
Silestone currently has the edge in the market, but both are commercially available brands of quartz countertops.
two substances that are major competitors for quartz countertops
colorants that are added to the mix when quartz countertops are made
What is the price range for quartz countertops?
$42-66 per square foot
An average-sized kitchen and a countertop in the middle of the price range would cost around $1,250. However, this cost also includes professional installation.
$55-72 per square foot
$74-99 per square foot
Why might you want a quartz countertop instead of a granite one, which costs about the same and is more standard in kitchens?
Quartz is harder.
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, behind only sapphires, topaz and diamond. It is, however, less expensive than all of those other stones.
Quartz is more porous.
Quartz is more readily available.
What are the benefits of quartz countertops' nonporous nature?
They are stain-proof and more resistant to microbial growth.
Some quartz countertops have other anti-microbials mixed in, but they are already somewhat resistant to the growth of microorganisms since they are not porous.
They prevent food spoilage and are flame retardant.
They are easier to clean and high in Radon.