Quartz Counter Tops

Quartz is manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins. One of the main reasons quartz has exploded in popularity is due to the appearance.

Quartz has the look of stone while also allowing homeowners to customize the design.  Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable, but is not as heat resistant. Quartz counter tops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible making them less likely to chip or crack. Quartz is also non-porous and does not require any sealing.

These stones offer a virtually maintenance free kitchen work surface.While very durable they cannot be considered indestructible. They are stain-resistant so dropping a glass of wine on them simply requires a quick cleanup. One drawback that you should definitely take note of is that quartz can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If part of your counter receives strong UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, over time you may see a color difference.You can also expect to see seams with a quartz counter, but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that’s darker in color. 

Stop by our showroom to see our large selection of quartz!

 

 

For more information email us at sales@hassellfree.com

 

FLOORING TRENDS

 

 

Flooring trends in 2019 include some continued trends as well as new trends. Wood-look flooring in laminate, vinyl and ceramic tile has been a trend for some years now and we expect that trend to continue.

New types of water proof flooring are also trending. Previously, your only choice for waterproof flooring was tile. Now there is waterproof vinyl laminate and even waterproof carpeting on the market.

Textured laminate flooring produces products that look like traditional wood floors. These floors are created by hand-scraping, wire-brushing and fully distressing the flooring material.

Homeowners are also interested in environmentally-responsible flooring. Flooring made from natural, renewable or recycled materials are becoming a trend in 2019.

Hassell Free offers all of these products, and much more to its customers.

For more information, please contact Hassell Free at sales@hassellfree.com

THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPACT WINDOWS AND DOORS

The 2019 hurricane season is well underway, with the peak season of August 1 through October 30. Impact-resistant windows and doors combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process to keep the glass from breaking away from its frame. Impact-resistant glass is comprised of two panes of glass bonded together with a special interlayer of clear polyvinylbutyral. Although wind-borne debris or an attempted break in may crack the glass on impact, the interlayer keeps the overall window and door intact, preventing destructive winds or intruders from entering your home. Replacing traditional windows with impact-resistant windows will help both to gain the best energy efficiencies and to protect the envelope of your home. Impact windows and doors can also often eliminate the need for shutters. Hassell Free is a distributor for PGT Custom Windows + Door for over 20 year. In addition we are a dealer for Euro-Wall. Both companies offer a wide range of choices of impact-resistant windows and doors and they meet the most stringent building codes in the U.S.

EURO-WALL

 

 

Hassell Free Exports, Inc. is pleased to be a  certified dealer for Euro-Wall.  Euro-Wall offers a unique type of exterior window/door design that can bring the outdoors indoors to create a wonderful sense of openness in your home or commercial project.  These products meet the Miami-Dade Hurricane building codes.  Euro-Wall comes in varying styles, including folding, stacking or sliding designs.  They are excellent for opening up your home to a pool area, patio, a beautiful vista or for dividing off areas around your home. Euro-Wall can also be used in commercial settings, such as hotels and restaurants.

The folding door systems have higher load capacities, stronger panels and more glass and door options than any other competitor. This versatility makes Euro-Wall a great choice for architects, builders and homeowners when choosing large opening folding, sliding and stacking door systems. Euro-Wall Offers the industry’s largest widths and heights with door systems that span larger and reach up to 12 feet, higher than any other competitor. Euro-Wall allows you to break free of layout limitations and expand your design portfolio with segmented, straight, radius door or 90 degree post-less corner unit options. One size does not fit all and Euro-Wall has the solutions you are looking for. To view more detailed product information visit the Euro-Wall website at www.euro-wall.com

SUMMER SALE ON AQUATICA POOL TILE

 

From June 1 through September 1, Hassell Free Tile & Window is offering 10% off your order of $1,000.00 or more on our beautiful selection of Aquatica products. The beautiful tiles, mosaics and glass mosaics can enhance the beauty of an older pool and help to create an

oasis for your new pool and spa.

 

 

 

HURRICANE PROTECTION

 

Hurricane shutters remain the most economical solution for protection in a storm. Preparing ahead of time is the best way to protect your home or business. Hassell Free offers various types of shutters. Hurricane panels are made of corrugated steel or aluminum and attach to the walls around windows and doors on bolts or tracks. Accordion shutters are one or two piece shutters that are housed beside the windows or doors when not in use. They unfold accordion-style to cover and protect during a storm. Bahama shutters are one-piece louvered shutters that attach directly above the windows and prop open to provide shade for the window. Bahama shutters are storm-ready when lowered and secured to the wall. Roll down shutters attach above the window. They roll up and store in an enclosed box when not in use. They are lowered either manually by a hand crank or automatically by push button, and lock in place for storm protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARBLE COUNTER TOPS

 

Marble is a natural material that is an historic favorite in kitchens and is trending right now. Each piece is unique and comes in a large range of colors and veining and is heat resistant.

Marble develops a patina over time and works with many design aesthetics. Since it is porous it can be susceptible to stains and requires a sealant and regular maintenance.

Carrara marble tends to be muddy in color, is not pure white, is less expensive and is often cut into tiles. Calacatta has bold veining with a crisp white background and is more rare and more costly. Marble is softer than Granite so is susceptible to scratches. But the aged beauty and patina often outweigh the the surface changes over time.

 

 

 

GRANITE COUNTER TOPS

 

Granite is a very hard natural stone and has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt. It comes in many different colors and patterns due to the cooling and solidifying of molten materials. There is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite counter tops are the same. It is a durable material that is heat resistant. It is porous so there can be some staining from spilled liquids. Damage can also occur if there is a high impact blow.