Published at Tuesday, May 09th 2017. by Afrodille Dubois in Countertops.
If we consider engineered quartz countertops, they are available in a wide range of solid colors. Also, the color of an engineered quartz countertop surface is uniform throughout, which is not the case with a granite countertop. They do not need sealing either, and are easier and cheaper to install. However, after the installation, the joints of an engineered quartz countertop are easily visible which hamper its overall appearance. Such joints are not visible in the case of granite countertop installation.
Either you’re doing up the kitchen from scratch, or you are in the process of overhauling the interiors of your existing kitchen. A countertop plays a vital role in both the looks and utility aspect in the kitchen. So which one do you go for? Granite or quartz? The following information might just clear your mind and make your decision simpler.
Corbels (or consoles) are like support brackets that are fixed into a wall or any architectural fitting in order to hold or support the superincumbent weight. Corbelling is an ancient technique which has been used since the Neolithic times. However, it became popular during the Medieval era in various architectural forms like Chinese architecture and the Scottish baronial style.
Quartz is found in very large quantities on our planet and is a very hard substance even in its crude form. Diamond, sapphire and topaz are the only minerals that are more scratch-resistant than quartz. If we go by the Mohs’ Hardness scale, which is used to determine the scratch resistance capacity of a mineral, quartz is ranked 7 on this scale while diamond is ranked 10. Quartz countertops that are available today consist of 93 percent quartz while the remaining 7 percent is made up of other minerals. This peculiar composition makes it naturally hard and extremely durable to use. As compared to granite kitchen countertops, quartz countertops are less porous, due to which food particles and other liquids do not stick to its surface. Also cleaning and removing stains from a quartz countertop is far easier than from a granite countertop.
Some of the popular designs of corbels that you can use for granite countertops are: plain, shaped bar bracket, corbel shaped bar, leaf bar, open back bar, traditional scroll, woven, tropical corbel, mission, grapevine, metaline, eagle, and horse corbels. Simple as well as intricate metal designs are available in the market.
If it is a rustic kitchen decor with an all wooden cabinetry in natural wooden hues, then you better opt for hand carved wooden corbels that are made of wood. The best thing would be to select the same material as the rest of the cabinetry and paint it the same color as well. You can opt for various types of wood like alder, maple, birch, oak, cherry, teak, etc. The rest of the popular materials of corbels like marble and polyurethane are mainly popular for kitchen decorating.
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