Whether you’re remodelling your kitchen, replacing your bathroom counters, or starting from scratch, one of the biggest decisions you will need to make is what material you decide to use for the countertops.
There are many options to choose from, all with their own positives and negatives. Quartz is one option that has recently become a very popular choice and here is why:
1. Quartz is non-porous
Non-porous surfaces are really important in environments where harmful bacteria and viruses are very present and unwelcome, like in kitchens and bathrooms. Quartz countertops are non-porous, easy to wipe down and are resistant to moisture, so they will not trap bacteria, and they will not provide a very good environment for that bacteria to grow in.
Because they are non-porous, quartz countertops are also virtually stain-proof. Substances that generally stain surfaces like tomato juice or red wine will easily come off of a quartz countertop.
2. Quartz countertops can be colourful
Countertops made of quartz are manufactured in such a way that they are made available in a much wider variety of colours than some other natural materials, like granite or marble. In manufacturing, other materials can also be added into the mix, which can not only affect the colouring, but also the texture. In fact, some quartz countertops can even mimic granite or marble countertops depending on the materials used in manufacturing.
3. Quartz is durable
It is one of the hardest minerals in existence. In fact, the only mineral harder than quartz is diamond. This means quartz countertops can really take a beating… or, a chopping.
Although it is still recommended to use protection on your countertops before cutting, quartz countertops are scratch and chip-resistant.
4. Quartz countertops are low-maintenance
When it comes to porous materials like granite, the countertops must be sealed and upkept. Quartz countertops do not require any sealing or upkeep, and they are super easy to clean. It really is something you can install and then just use, never having to worry about whether you need to be doing maintenance.
Although not necessarily upkeep, this is something to keep an eye out for: if your quartz countertop is exposed to the sun, it will discolour over time. You may be fine with this, and if it is all exposed to the same sunlight maybe it will all discolour at the same rate. Chances are though, that you have some things covering spots of the counter, and that the sun will only reach a portion of it. You may want to try to avoid this, as discolouration will occur only on the section exposed to the UV rays.
5. There are not many negatives
It’s actually very hard to find bad things to say about quartz countertops, which is another one of the things that make it an excellent choice.
One of the most commonly mentioned negatives is that the price can be quite high. However, it should be mentioned that its prices are parallel to those of other popular, durable materials like granite or marble. So, in this case, if the price range you are allowing for is meant for a high-end material, you would be in the right market to choose a quartz countertop instead of one of the other options.
It should also be mentioned that the durability of this material will ensure that it stays in excellent shape for many years, making the initial investment worthwhile.
One feature quartz cannot check off is that it is not heat resistant like granite. This just means making sure to use protection underneath hot pots or pans on the counter.