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If you are in the market for new countertops, quartz is an option deserving of strong consideration. It is an attractive material that is easy to maintain and durable. Of course, every option has pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look at the pluses and minuses of quartz.
Choosing quartz for your countertops comes with a number of great benefits that are not found with many other types of materials.
- Quartz has a non-porous surface, so it doesn’t harbor bacteria or other germs that could make you sick.
- The non-porous surface of quartz resists stains much better than other materials, such as granite, concrete or marble.
- Quartz is a highly durable material. It is just as durable as concrete or granite but even less prone to cracking or chipping.
- Quartz is available in a larger range of colors than either marble or granite.
The Downside to Quartz Countertops
While the benefits sound pretty great, before making a decision on your new countertops, it’s important to know the possible downside of quartz countertops.
- Quartz is expensive. The pricing for quartz is close to what you would pay for the top-tier high-end options of granite, slate, marble or concrete.
- Quartz conveys a contemporary and modern look. If the rest of your home doesn’t work well with a contemporary style kitchen, you could end up confusing or turning off buyers if you decide to sell your home later on.
- Depending on the layout of your kitchen, it’s likely that your countertops will have seams in places. For many people, the seams in quartz countertops are not a deal-breaker as they are about as noticeable as you would find with granite.
- Quartz is not the most heat-resistant option. Direct contact with hot pots and pans is not ideal for quartz countertops.
Quartz is a great countertop option for many kitchens. The durability and non-porous qualities are tremendous benefits that give this option a good long lifespan. However, the price and the contemporary style isn’t right for every kitchen or budget. If you’ve never considered quartz, we hope this quick review of the pros and cons help you decide if this material is an option for your new countertops.