Remodeling your kitchen gives you the opportunity to select every aspect of the room. You can finally replace those ugly countertops with a natural stone variation that you've had your eye on for quite some time.
With there being several natural stone options available, you may be a bit overwhelmed when deciding on which choice to go with. Here is what you need to know about using quartz countertops in your home.
The Benefits of Quartz
Quartz is a wonderful material that has many benefits over the competition. Consider the following benefits when making your decision.
The Nonporous Nature
One of the biggest benefits of using quartz in a kitchen is that the material is nonporous. A nonporous nature is what you hope to have in a countertop material, and this feature helps set quartz apart from natural stone materials like granite.
Quartz has nonporous properties due to the manufacturing process, which uses color pigments and resins mixed together with ground quartz. The resin used will seal the quartz surface and prevent liquids from seeping in.
The nonporous surface of quartz keeps a kitchen sanitary. Bacteria will not be able to seep into the surface of the countertops, and the cleanliness will keep you healthy after each time you prep a meal. You can handle raw chicken directly on the countertop if you like, since cleaning the surface with water and soap will remove the bacteria left behind.
A quartz countertop will not stain easily because of its nonporous surface. In contrast, porous countertops can easily stain if you spill a dark liquid such as red wine on them.
The Easy Maintenance
Competing countertop products require that you seal the surface to protect the stone. Those countertops also require you to reapply the seal when it starts to wear away. If you forget to reapply sealant, you could cause stains on the countertop. Quartz does not require this level of care to protect the surface.
All you need to do to maintain a quartz countertop is wipe down the surface when there is a mess. You can even let the water air dry on the countertops, since it will not absorb into the surface. However, you need to avoid using bleach on a quartz countertop because of how bleach can damage the natural stone.
The Downfalls of Quartz
There are some drawbacks to having quartz countertops in your home. Consider the following matters as you choose what material you’d like for your counters.
The Lack of Heat Resistance
Other countertop materials are known for being heat resistant. For example, with a granite countertop you can safely set a hot pot on the surface without needing to put anything beneath the pot. Quartz is more susceptible to damage from very hot materials. Thermal shock could cause the stone to crack, and there is also a risk of discoloration due to the heat.
The Potential Seams
Many homeowners love the look of natural stone countertops because they are often seamless. A unique pattern spreads across the entire countertop, and a viewer can’t see any seams. However, because quartz is a manufactured material, it can have those seams. However, the seams are only a drawback if they bother you; the seams don’t affect the functional performance of the material.
Quartz is a natural stone, so it will naturally cost more than other non-stone material. For example, expect to pay between $60 and $100 per square foot. In contrast, a laminate countertop will run between $24 and $50. However, the price ultimately depends on how big your kitchen is. You may be able to afford a nicer countertop material in your kitchen if you have limited counter space.
Counter Fitters, LLC can assist you with selecting a natural stone countertop if you are not sure which material you want to go with. Call us today to learn more.