Quartz Work Surfaces – Top 10 Pros & Cons
Quartz is one of the most popular stones out there for homeowners and it comes in a range of sub-category stones to choose from. Quartz is a man made stone and therefore one of the best money can buy as it has been designed with you in mind. But is it all what it’s cracked up to be? This overview will highlight our top 10 pros and cons that you need to know before purchasing.
Quartz is incredibly waterproof which means that if anything gets spilt, then it will simply wipe away. As this will be a daily occurrence, whether the work surface is within the kitchen or bathroom, it is vital for your daily use. As Quartz has been man made, it has been made to be a non-porous stone to ensure that any spillages are left on top of the surface until it has been cleaned away. However, we do still advise that you should clean all spillages away as soon as you find them.
#2 Heat Resistant
As Quartz is known for its strength, one of the qualities of this strength is that it is heat resistant. If you are installing the work surfaces into the kitchen, then it would be perfect for placing hot items such as pots and pans. Similarly, if Quartz is installed in the bathroom then it is also great for placing down hair straighteners. However, we recommend that you continue using heat pads where necessary to minimise the potential risk.
#3 Mimic Natural Stone
Quartz is very consistent in appearance which is a huge plus for anyone looking for that type of style. However, it can be a problem if you are looking for stones with character. While Quartz is able to mimic the appearance of natural stones, this can only be achieved to a certain level.
As we have mentioned before, Quartz is known for being second to diamond for its strength which is what gives it all of its brilliant features such as heat and scratch resistance.
As we mentioned above, Quartz is very consistent in appearance and is a huge bonus for a lot of homeowners as it means that all the samples you view will be accurate to the finished product. If you need multiple pieces, then it will also mean that you will not have to worry about the pieces not matching.
#6 Sensitive to Chemicals
While Quartz is very easy to keep clean and maintain, it is non-porous, so it can be very sensitive to chemicals. Because of this, you will have to be careful about which products you use.
#7 Hard to Damage
As your home will be filled with small heavy objects as well as sharp objects too, depending on the room you place the Quartz in, it is so beneficial that Quartz is hard to chip and crack.
Hygiene around your home is vital and very important to all homeowners, so you are going to want a stone that is easy to keep clean. Not only is Quartz easy to keep clean but as it is non-porous, no bacteria will ever harbour beneath the surface.
#9 Budget Friendly
If you are on a budget and need a stone that is affordable, then Quartz is one of your best options. Not only is Quartz one of the cheapest for the initial purchase and installation but it will also save you money long term, as there are no long term costs involved in regards to sealant.
#10 Scratch Resistant
Lastly, as Quartz is known for being strong, it is also scratch resistant. With it being completely scratch resistant, if you accidentally slip any sharp object along the surface or drop a heavy object, it is unlikely to leave a mark behind.