Appearance – One of the greatest benefits of Quartz kitchen countertops is that it can be customized to whatever colours or patterns you need. Unlike other stone slabs, quartz is made with a controlled appearance which means that there won’t be unwanted pieces to cut around. This saves a lot of money in the long run.
Strength – Quartz kitchen countertops are made up of 93% quartz and 7% resin binder. This means quartz is an extremely hard material that is tougher and stronger than granite and marble.
Cost – Quartz is less expensive than marble or granite and since it is extremely hard, it won’t need to be replaced or even repaired for years, even decades. Quartz is cheaper than other alternatives but it is not cheap. The upside is that it is the most cost effective option out there.
Maintenance – The biggest maintenance issue with countertops is sealing. With granite and marble, they need to be resealed every few years in order to preserve their colour, consistency, and strength. Quartz does not need to be resealed as it is very durable and dense. It can last decades without any maintenance.
Colour Consistency – Quartz is manufactured in a wide variety of colours but the best part of the colouring is the consistency throughout the entire slab. Some other materials such as granite are dyed to get the colour that is desired. This means that over time the dye will fade into a different colour than what was originally intended. Quartz will maintain its colour for a longer period of time because of the manufacturing process and the fact that no dyes are used.
Non Porous – Other materials have channels and pores in them that can let all sorts of liquids seep into them. Granite and marble need to be sealed in order counteract these effects. Quartz does not have these defects as it has no channels and does not need sealing. Being non porous, quartz will also make your countertop virtually stain proof.
Cleaning – Since quartz is extremely hard and dense, it has no pores or capillary channels like other materials do. Spills obviously happen a lot in the kitchen, you want a countertop that won’t let wine, vinegar, lemon juice inside it. This also makes it very easy to clean. All you need to clean up spills is soap and water, not harsh chemicals.
Scratching and Chipping Resistance – Quartz has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, with diamond being a ten. Since quartz is fairly hard it is very difficult to scratch or chip. It has amazing durability and won’t need resurfacing for a long time. Also, because of its manufacturing and design processes and with reasonable care, it is possible that your quartz countertop will last for many, many years.
Scorch Resistance – There are many hot dishes, pots, pans, and other tools used in the kitchen and you need a countertop that is not going to be damaged when these hot items placed on it. Quartz is extremely heat resistant, however you should always use hot pads or trivets just in case!
Safety – Quartz is the safest of all of the countertop options because they are non porous. This means that there will be much less bacteria building up in the countertop that could potentially threaten the safety of you and your family. Less germs means less chance of contracting an illness. This is especially true if using quartz in your bathroom because there is a greater amount of bacteria and mildew.