Durable ma­te­ri­als:

The Capital - - COMICS & FEATURES -

Home­own­ers are stay­ing in their homes longer than ever — a decade or more in many cases, up from the usual five to seven years. That’s put­ting a premium on long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als. A fa­vorite among de­sign­ers and con­trac­tors is quartz coun­ter­tops, which can re­sem­ble nat­u­ral stone but are far more re­sis­tant to stain­ing and scratch­ing.

Porce­lain tile floor­ing is an­other hot ma­te­rial that com­bines dura­bil­ity and aes­thet­ics. Wood-look porce­lain is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar, given the pref­er­ence for hard­wood floor­ing through­out the home, in­clud­ing the bath­room, where nat­u­ral wood floors would be prone to water dam­age. trend also ap­peals to older home­own­ers, who are look­ing to stay in their homes as they age. Ex­am­ples in­clude self-clean­ing gut­ters, which elim­i­nate the need to climb up and down lad­ders, or low­main­te­nance ground­cov­ers in place of la­bor-in­ten­sive lawns. that spark the most joy in home­own­ers, right up there with up-to-date kitchens and bath­rooms.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have re­sponded with a slew of prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als aimed at max­i­miz­ing the out­door liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing weather-re­sis­tant coun­ter­tops, back­yard fire pits and fold­ing glass doors that cre­ate a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween the in­doors and out­doors.

MIKE SIEGEL/THE SEAT­TLE TIMES

Home­own­ers are in­creas­ingly seek­ing long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als; quartz coun­ter­tops are be­com­ing ever more pop­u­lar.

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