You love the look of quartz. If you’re thinking about this material for your countertops, it’s important to know the high and low points before making a final decision on this increasingly popular choice.
Because quartz countertops are a natural mineral mixed with resins and color additives, a lot more variety is available than other natural stone products. Want to match a certain color of cabinets? Looking to have something complimentary to higher end appliances? Quartz can do it all with a lot of style, giving you flexibility in your new kitchen or bathroom.
If you’re looking for a material that will stand the test of time, then quartz fits that bill. It has the durability of granite or concrete countertops with the added benefit of not chipping or cracking as easily as those two surfaces.
Keeping your family healthy is easier with Quartz counters because they’re naturally nonporous. They won’t hold onto potentially harmful bacteria on the surface. Also, if you’ve heard that granite can emit radon, a potentially harmful naturally occurring radiation, quartz doesn’t do that, giving you added peace of mind.
Since quartz is nonporous, it also makes it impervious to staining that happens when you choose granite. It has a tendency to stain with fruit juice, coffee, tea, oil or tomato sauce, which is not the case with quartz. You clean them with a damp cloth and only the mildest of detergents when necessary.
Damage is Possible
These counters are fairly durable, but it’s still possible to damage them and when that happens, it’s nearly impossible to repair them. Heat from pans can cause damage, so using trivets or hot pads to guard against that is extremely important. Also, quartz can be scratched, so it’s vital to use cutting boards when chopping something.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, these are not the surface for you. They need to be installed by a professional because they are heavy and hard to cut. That takes having a steady hand that knows this material well.
While we have ways of camouflaging the way a seam looks, a quartz surface is more likely to show a seam over other surfaces, which is a concern when you have a large countertop area to cover.
Recently, quartz countertops have become a popular alternative to granite. Still, knowing what issues you’ll face will help you choose wisely. If you’re looking for more information about quartz, we would be glad to help you. Contact us to talk one-on-one with one of our designers so they can show you how quartz could work in your dream kitchen.