So many homeowners enter a kitchen or bath project with the desire for either quartz vs. granite countertops. While there are pros and cons between them, I often suggest that the client consider quartz countertops. Why should you choose quartz over granite countertops?
Here are my top 5 reasons for choosing quartz over granite (and other natural stones).
1. No Maintenance
The main reason I love quartz countertops is that they are so easy to maintain – quartz requires no periodic sealing, polishing, or reconditioning. If left unsealed or not maintained on a regular basis, stones such as granite, marble, and soapstone are easily stained and may be permanently damaged by something as simple as a spilled glass of wine. Quartz is very stain resistant making it perfect for kitchen and bath applications.
2. Consistent Appearance
Unlike other stone materials, quartz is created in a controlled environment resulting in a consistent appearance. When you select a quartz product, you know the product you will receive will be the exact color and pattern of the sample. Variations in a granite slab can add to the beauty of the product, but they can also be defects that need to be cut around and run up the cost.
Quartz counters are made by combining 93% natural quartz stone with a small amount of resin binder and colorant. This creates an extremely hard, strong stone that is stronger than granite or marble and is very scratch resistant.
4. Daily Cleaning Ease
Cleaning quartz countertops is as easy as wiping them off with mild soap and water. Also, because the product is non-porous, you never have to worry about it drawing in moisture from raw or leftover food, which can harbor harmful bacteria.
5. Unique Colors and Textures
Because quartz slabs are a man-made product, there is a wide range of colors and patterns available. Whether you want a pattern that mimics a natural stone or are in the market for a color not found in nature, you’re likely to find something that fits your aesthetic.
Are you interested in checking out the options? My favorite quartz countertop companies are Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone. Cambria even offers a financing program through various builders and remodelers that could make it possible to get your project done sooner than you thought possible. Quartz may not be right for every style, project, or budget, but it is certainly a material worth considering!