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4. The emergence of quartz countertops; granite and marble remain popular
Quartz was the second most popular counter-surface material used in bathrooms last year, significantly narrowing the gap with granite. The use of quartz has increased from 53 percent to 65 percent, according to NKBA.
“Quartz is different from granite, which people have become so accustomed and, therefore, tired of as well,” says Ridley Wills, owner and designer, the Wills Co., Nashville, Tenn.
Granite remains popular as it has been specified more than two-thirds of the time by kitchen and bath designers. Marble also remains a popular bathroom vanity-top material, only moderately dipping in popularity from 46 percent in 2010 to 39 percent this year.
As for kitchens, the use of quartz increased from 69 percent to 80 percent. Granite continued to lead with 87 percent usage in kitchens. A key trend identified last year, the use of solid surfaces in kitchens continues to rise, growing from 11 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2013.
“Quartz countertops offer the look and feel of natural stone but are a non-porous material that doesn’t require sealing,” says Laura Barber, designer, Normandy Design Build Remodeling, Hinsdale, Ill. According to Barber, the increase in quartz countertops is due to consumer affinity for the look and feel of materials such as marble and limestone. “They also want the ease of maintenance and durability that quartz products have to offer,” says Barber.