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The Truth About Quartz Countertops

Doesn't Resist Heat

A quartz countertop can be damaged by heat. Just by placing a hot pan on the surface will cause damage. A quartz countertop is made of the combination of natural quartz material and a resin/epoxy glue. There is about 93% quartz in one and the resin can withstand temperatures of up to 150 degrees F. This means that heating pads or trivets are where you would set a hot pan rather than directly on the surface of the countertop.

They Can Cost You A Lot

Because quartz is man-made, it will be more expensive than granite. This means that the price is controlled by the manufacturer and costs approximately $70 to $100 per square foot. Granite is a little less than that and is far more durable.

Less Variety

Quartz manufacturers know that quartz has far less natural beauty than granite. It has created quite a movement to attempt to recreate the look of granite with colors that closely mimic the natural look. However, so far, the attempts have fallen short. This means that granite is not only natural, but it is versatile, high-end, and is available in many different colors to compliment your kitchen or bathroom decor. Quartz is attractive but not as much as granite.


Easy To Maintain

Quartz is one of the easiest materials to maintain. It does not require a sealant as granite does. All you have to do is keep your countertop clean is by soaking up spills and wiping it down on occasion with a mild kitchen detergent on a soft cloth or a non-abrasive granite-cleaning pad.

Won't Stain

Quartz is an engineered material and is nonporous. This keeps stains from being absorbed by the resin or stone as is the case with granite. Plus, as a nonporous product, quartz will not permit the growth of bacteria as germs will not be able to penetrate the countertop surface.

Waterproof and Durable

As quartz countertops are waterproof, they can stand up to a lot of heavy use. This is also partially due to the durable nature of the product. It is strong and can take a good beating and won't show signs of it through scratching or pitting of any kind.

In Conclusion

While quartz may not be the perfect material for countertops when compared to granite, there are many positives to choosing it anyway. The list above has outlined both some pros and cons related to quartz countertops to help you make an informed decision.