[Infographic] Are Quartz Countertops the Best Choice?
Quartz is quickly becoming a favorite countertop choice among homeowners. And this is no longer surprising because of this engineered stone’s positive features. But as with any kitchen countertop material, quartz also has its drawbacks.
If you’re not yet sure whether to go for this kitchen surface, it pays to be aware what you can expect once it’s installed. Here are pros and cons to consider when selecting quartz for your kitchen countertops.
- Consistent design. Quartz is manufactured. It’s made of crushed left-over stones, recycled materials, and resins that bind the fragments together. Unlike natural stones such as marble and granite, you can ensure consistency in design with quartz. Expect the stones delivered to your home to have the exact same look as you saw from the store. In terms of selection, you’ll also have plenty of designs to choose from. You can even have slabs that resemble natural stones.
- Durable. Quartz is perfect for families with little kids or busy kitchens as it’s resilient. You can keep peace of mind knowing it will hold up to many years of use. It’s hard-wearing, it won’t chip or crack as easily as other countertop materials. This means you can let your little ones work with you in the kitchen and not worry about damaging your new kitchen surface. You’ll still want to protect your quartz countertop, though, by using cutting or chopping boards.
- Stain-resistant. Since quartz is non-porous, it won’t harbor bacteria or germs. This makes for a safe surface for food preparation. Plus, you’re free to bring liquids and fruits that otherwise may leave behind stains on other surfaces.
- Low-maintenance. Caring for a quartz countertop is easy. It doesn’t require sealing or polishing before use. The most that you need to do is to clean the surface with a dishcloth, warm water, and mild soap. Simply wipe away spills or food debris and the surface is ready for use again.
- Cost. Quartz is considered a high-end material as it can cost as high as natural stones. But the upside is that you’re sure to get back your investment with its long lifespan. Request for a free custom quote so you can assess whether this project fits within your budget. If anything, you can still incorporate quartz in other smaller areas of your home, such as your bathroom. Quartz is also a popular choice for vanity sinks and backsplashes.
- Not as resistant to heat. Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t fare well with heat. Quartz could crack when exposed to high temperature. You need to be careful when using pots and pans or bringing in hot items such as irons. Use hot pads to avoid direct contact of these items on your quartz kitchen surface.
Overall, the strengths of quartz kitchen countertops easily outweigh their weaknesses. If you think that a quartz surface is also the perfect choice for you, contact us at (843) 767-7779 for a custom quote. Or visit us at our store. And see in person our wide selection of quartz and more engineered stones, all at competitive prices.
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