Granite and marble counter tops have long been staples in kitchens and bathrooms; but there's a [not so] new contender in play. Quartz has become increasingly popular with homeowners and designers. This beautifully engineered material offers a number of positive features, including extreme durability and practically zero maintenance.
Here are four reasons you may want to consider quartz countertops for your kitchen design or bathroom remodel:
Most of the quartz countertops you find in kitchens and bathrooms is man-made – composed of natural stone bound with polymer resins. The result of this manufacturing process is a nearly indestructible countertop material. Quartz countertops are an investment in your kitchen or bath design; this material can be expensive, but it is built to last.
Quartz is more forgiving than granite, and less likely to chip or crack. Most manufacturers offer warranties, because they are so confident in the product. Dropping pots and pans in the kitchen or a hairdryer in the bathroom on your countertop should no longer strike fear in your heart! Additionally, engineered quartz is designed to resist corrosion and blotches from cooking oils, cleaning products, make up, and other liquids.
Does this sound like a dream come true countertop for your kitchen remodel or bathroom design? Be aware, it does have an Achilles Heel – heat. While quartz is still heat resistant, high heat can damage or discolor it. Be sure to place hot pots and pans on trivets rather than directly on the countertop.
Granite, marble, and other stone products are porous to some degree, which means they can absorb liquids. Quartz, on the other hand, is non-porous and immune to stains. You don’t have to worry that a spilled glass of red wine or splashed cooking oils will discolor your kitchen countertops and ruin the look of your kitchen remodel. A quick wipe up will make your countertop look like new.
Due to its non-porous nature, quartz is antimicrobial, meaning bacteria won’t cling to the surface. You can rest assured that when you wipe down your countertops, they really are clean!
Kitchen and Bathroom Design Possibilities
Quartz offers a wide variety of design possibilities, whether you’re looking for something more natural or a solid color. Because it is engineered, you can find quartz in more colors than granite or stone. During the manufacturing process, pigments can be added to achieve your desired look. An experienced kitchen design professional can help you find the perfect quartz countertop for your remodeling project.
Quartz can also be used as a backsplash, shower enclosure, or a wall. Unlike granite or marble, quartz is flexible and able to be fastened with epoxy, instead of screws, which allow it to be used in kitchen renovation or bathroom remodeling projects.
Be advised that engineered quartz is extremely heavy, much more so than natural stone products. Installation can be complex and should only be undertaken by certified professionals.