While granite remains the most popular building material for countertops, quartz is making a comeback! Engineered quartz has many of the same pros as granite, including aesthetics and durability. However, quartz has several unique traits that set it apart from other types of stone. The following are five of the unique benefits of quartz countertops.
- Quartz is nearly indestructible
Most quartz countertops are an engineered stone made by combining natural ground quartz with polymer resins. This process results in an almost indestructible surface that can withstand almost anything. In fact, quartz is so durable that countertops often come with a manufacturer’s warranty!
- Quartz is nonporous
Many natural stones are porous, meaning they can absorb liquid. This means that stones such as granite and marble are sometimes prone to staining. Engineered quartz, however, is made nonporous during the manufacturing process, making it an ideal countertop material for the many spills that occur in kitchens and bathrooms.
Being nonporous also means that quartz does not harbor any bacteria or viruses in the stone. If raw chicken gets on the countertops, you can rest assured that it is absolutely clean with no invisible bacteria left behind.
- Quartz is durable
Quartz is extremely durable; it resists corrosion and cannot be stained by household cleaners, spills from liquids such as red wine, or oils. Like other natural stones, quartz can still be damaged by heat, meaning hot pots and pans should not be placed directly onto the countertops.
- Quartz can expand design possibilities
Quartz can be held in place with epoxy instead of screws; this opens up the design possibilities and allows quartz to be used in a wide variety of ways. Whether it is a shower enclosure, backsplash, or even a wall, quartz can create a seamless stone surface in many different areas of the house.
Quartz is also available in a wide range of colors. Pigment can be added during the manufacturing process to create a variety of unique color choices that can match the décor of any kitchen or bath; quartz can be made to replicate the pattern of natural stone to mimic the look of marble or granite.
- Quartz is low maintenance
Because quartz countertops are manufactured with resin, they are non-porous and do not need to be sealed. This can save time and money on maintenance over the life of the countertops. Likewise, while stone-safe cleaners are still best, regular household cleaners can be used to wipe down the counters at the end of the day.