Rivaling natural stone countertops are man-made options such as quartz. Quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular in bathroom and kitchen renovations for lots of different reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of quartz countertops to see whether they are right for you.
Appearance – Although quartz is a man-made product, it still has the striking look of natural stone, making it a stand-out feature of any room. Because it’s man-made, you also have a wider range of color choices than many natural stones, including bold colors such as blues and reds as well as the more traditional blacks, whites, and grays. Quartz countertops can fit in well in both modern and traditional style rooms, and can be designed specifically to mimic the appearance of natural stones.
Easy to maintain – Quartz is a non-porous material, which means that it doesn’t soak up liquids that come from spills on the surface of your countertops. This means they are much less likely to stain and don’t require as much cleaning as porous stone countertops. This also means that quartz countertops don’t need to be sealed.
Durable – Like most natural stone countertops, quartz countertops are strong and durable. They’re also not too prone to scratches and chips compared to natural stones such as marble, so they’re easy to keep in good condition.
Seams – Some people will be put off by the fact that quartz countertops are engineered as opposed to being entirely natural stone countertops. As they’re engineered, quartz countertops are likely to have seams where they have been put together. How visible these seams are will depend on the quality of the engineering and the color and pattern of the stone.
Less heat-resistant – Although it’s more resistant to scratches and chips, quartz countertops can be less resistant to heat than its natural stone counterparts such as marble and granite. This could be an issue with kitchen countertops where hot pans and plates are in use, which can leave permanent marks on the countertop.
If you’re still unsure about whether quartz is the right choice for your countertops, you can use our countertop visualizer tool to see how it might look in your kitchen or bathroom. Once you’ve made your decision, get in touch with Amanzi Granite for supplying and installing your new countertops. We proudly serve the Triad area, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.