Quartz counters
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Quartz counters (by CDM [CA]) Feb 22, 2024 7:24 AM
       Quartz counters (by Larry [MN]) Feb 22, 2024 8:44 AM
       Quartz counters (by Jim in O C [CA]) Feb 22, 2024 9:35 AM
       Quartz counters (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 22, 2024 12:48 PM
       Quartz counters (by RR78 [VA]) Feb 22, 2024 1:11 PM
       Quartz counters (by MikeA [TX]) Feb 22, 2024 8:34 PM
       Quartz counters (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Feb 22, 2024 10:45 PM
       Quartz counters (by CDM [CA]) Feb 26, 2024 11:32 PM

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Quartz counters (by CDM [CA]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 7:24 AM

We're renovating the kitchen in a rental and found a good deal on quartz countertops. We've never used them and are concerned about heat damage in the area near the stove because quartz is heat-resistant only to 300 degrees. Our other thought is granite, which has held up very well in our own kitchen.

Does anyone have experience with quartz, or a better option? I expect this unit to rent for $2500-$3000/month.


Quartz counters (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 8:44 AM

If it fits your budget quartz is the best product for counter tops. I have it in my own home and almost all decent kitchen remodels use it these days.

I've never heard of it getting damaged by heat. Granite is somewhat porous and needs to be sealed though I think few people actually do it and it's just fine. --172.58.xx.xxx

Quartz counters (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 9:35 AM

I just installed quartz and provided a hot pan whatever you them to use. My wife picked it out. --23.162.xx.xx

Quartz counters (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 12:48 PM

I myself do install quarts, granite, tile, slate and other counter tops. What I do to protect myself is keep a good copy of the receipt/invoice in a tenants file with Pictures of the install. When having a new tenant move-in, I make the go around the entire rental and check off the condition of everything. Such as window treatment, paint on walls, flooring, appliance AND Counter Tops. They have to write and sign they find NO DAMAGE!

Then during a Pre-Move out inspection, I provide that the kitchen counter top was brand new before their tenancy started and the depreciation period set by the Internal Revenue is 15 year. Since it is damaged and will cost $3000 to replace the entire kitchen counters to repair and match, the depreciated time left to recoup my cost is (for example) $2,200. This amount is being deducted from their deposit, as stated in the itemized list during their walk thru 2 weeks before their move-out. They had a chance to obtain estimates from licensed contractors, but failed to do so.

The last time I was sued by a tenant for a damaged counter top, I counter sued. They x tenant was asking for 100% of their deposit back. What's a tiny scratch worth? Not thousands.

Told the Judge and tenant I had made a mistake. I was only charging for the material. Since I'm not required to provide my free labor, I got a revised estimate, Now double! --47.155.xx.xxx

Quartz counters (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 1:11 PM

I know it is popular

But a porous surface like granite.

Never had any business being installed in a food prep area.

Of course you can seal it. And have the sealer wear off on your foord and towels after a few months. --76.104.xxx.xx

Quartz counters (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 8:34 PM

Your rental price doesn't give us an indication of the neighborhood. I would only do granite or quartz in a B+ or A property. Everything else gets a nice formica counter which is much cheaper and will last decades. --209.205.xxx.xx

Quartz counters (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Feb 22, 2024 10:45 PM

Had a quartz countertops installed in house where no issues. Recommend reinforcing kitchen cabinets as quartz, granite is very heavy. Install something that is heat resistant so hot pots can be placed on. Quartz is easy clean where no maintenance like granite. --207.236.xxx.xxx

Quartz counters (by CDM [CA]) Posted on: Feb 26, 2024 11:32 PM

We ended up going with granite. We've had it in our current house for 19 years and have never been bothered by germs, cracks, or stains. You can get prefab granite countertops amazingly cheaply these days. Quartz is really cheap too, but we couldn't shake the concern about hot pans. --98.210.xx.xxx

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