Exploding on to the home renovation scene recently, quartz has found it’s place next to granite and marble as one of the leading materials used for kitchen and bathroom countertops. The quartz craze did not come about with no reason, it has multiple good qualities such as a sleek appearance, durability and the general long lasting nature of this man made material. Quartz countertops are also known as engineered stone countertops, but as everything that comes with pros, there are a few cons to consider.
The Pros of Quartz Countertops
Because Quartz is a man-made product, it can basically be manufactured to look how ever you desire making it an attractive option for any kitchen or bathroom. This allows for a much larger range of colors and designs than you would find in say, granite or marble. The final product has a very luxurious finish, having a finish that has depth that you would not be able to duplicate with other natural stones.
Quartz is also highly durable. Having the same strength as concrete or granite coupled with added forgiveness make for a countertop that won’t chip or crack as easily. Although some may not enjoy the ‘feeling’ of quartz as it doe not have the same hardness as marble, concrete or granite.
Another benefit of quartz countertops is the non-porous properties that it has. This makes quartz much more resistant to staining compared to other countertop types. Quartz does a great job of holding up to common kitchen stains such like wine, olive oils, juice, coffee and everything in between! Non-porous surfaces also means that bacteria and viruses will not harbor on countertops, creating a much cleaner option for homeowners. You will always be able to completely disinfect your countertops 100% when cleaning your quartz counter tops, which is extremely beneficial in bathrooms and kitchens.
The Cons of Quartz Countertops
While quartz has many less setbacks than normal stone countertops such as marble and granite, there still are a few minor cons. One of the biggest problems with quarts is the price as it can be much higher than its traditional counterparts. Quartz countertops can be priced anywhere from $110-$250 per square foot, for reference. While these prices will be a bit more expensive, you will actually save money in the long run as quartz countertops last much longer than granite and marble, and do not need to be treated and sealed like other countertop options.
Also, if the contemporary aesthetic is not your thing, you may not quite enjoy the look of quartz countertops. This may not be a con to some home owners but can turn off a quite hefty portion of the population as it does not fit their desired style. The seams where slabs of quartz meet also are sometimes more noticeable that other options, but this may not matter to some people. One last minor con is that quartz is not as resistant to high temperatures like granite or concrete is, so you must be careful where you place hot pans and platter in the kitchen and any hot hair tools in the bathroom.
If you are looking for a contemporary, modern look that is sturdy, clean and has very low maintenance overall quartz is your answer. While there are a few potential drawbacks, most of the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Quartz Countertop Installation & Sales in MA & NH
Located in Middleton, MA Worcester Marble & Granite, Inc is proud to serve surrounding MA and NH towns with quartz countertop fabrication, sales, & installation since 2000. Worcester Marble & Granite, Inc has over 15 years of experience providing and installing beautiful quartz countertops for homes in MA and NH. Quartz is one of the most versatile countertop options for you kitchen or bathroom countertops. If you are thinking about upgrading to quartz in your home get a FREE estimate by filling out the contact form on this page or giving us a call at (978) 767-8353!