Quartz Kitchen Countertops – Pros and Cons

Redecorating any room can be a complicated business – you need to know in your mind exactly what you want the room to look like when it is finished, and you also need to know that whatever you want is within your budget also.

There are many things to take into account, but one of the main considerations is your quartz kitchen countertop. Quartz is a fantastic material to go for when you are deciding on the colour and strength of your new kitchen countertop, however do bear in mind that there is granite and marble on the list too.

If you’re leaning towards the idea of quartz, or you’re not too sure, here are the main pros and cons of this strong, naturally occurring stone, to help you make your decision.

Pros of Quartz Kitchen Countertops

  • Quartz is naturally occurring, and when your new countertop arrives in your kitchen, it will be made of 93% quartz, with at the most 7% resin added to it, for the colour you want. For this reason, quartz is very strong and hard-wearing, because it is basically kept in its natural state.
  • Quartz is a non-porous stone, which means it doesn’t absorb liquids or germs. This makes it a very hygienic choice, but also the fact it doesn’t absorb liquid means it is less likely to lift or crack over time.
  • Quartz is heat resistant. If you place hot pans down on the surface, you don’t have to worry about marks or cracks. Obviously no stone is 100% heat resistant, so heat resistant pads will help in some cases, but overall, heat is not something you need to worry about when you choose quartz.
  • Quartz is mostly stain resistant. Red wine, vinegar, lemon juice, these are all staining substances which we have in our kitchens. If you spill any of these onto quartz, as long as you clean it up as soon as it happens, you don’t have to worry about staining like you would with some other surfaces, such as marble.
  • Quartz requires practically zero maintenance. Other than regular cleaning, which you would do anyway, quartz doesn’t need regular sealing or other maintenance, which makes it a great choice for those with a busy life.

Cons of Quartz Kitchen Countertops

  • Too much choice in colour and style. Sometimes having too much choice is not a good thing, because you simply can’t whittle down your ideas. The fact you may feel overwhelmed in terms of choice could lead you to make a snap decision and this means you might feel disappointed or regret your choice in the future.
  • Quartz is attractive, but it might not have the same opulence as marble. We all know that white marble is a beautiful choice, and one which looks great in any room, and quartz may look great too, but certainly doesn’t have that timeless appearance of marble.

There aren’t many downsides to choosing quartz kitchen countertops, which is why our cons list is considerably shorter than our pros list. That should certainly tell you that choosing a quartz countertop is a great decision to make, and one which will certainly stand the test of time, and also stand up to the rigours of whatever you throw at it in your kitchen. For our pros reasons alone, quartz is the one to go for.


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