Things We Love/ Quartz Countertops
Written by K&L Interiors
Categorised in: Things We Love
Granite and marble countertops have been the hallmark of an upscale, well-designed kitchen for decades—indeed, some might argue, since antiquity. And though these natural stone surfaces are timelessly beautiful, times have been changing, and a new contender for high-end countertops is emerging: quartz.
The popularity of quartz countertops has largely propelled by their incredibly low-maintenance care requirements. Unlike granite or marble, you never need to seal quartz because it’s already sealed in its composition. A “quartz” countertop is typically 90-94 percent ground quartz stone, and the rest a combination of resins and pigments all of which are melted together and poured into slabs. It may look natural–and indeed manufacturers are able to replicate the veining and speckling of marble or granite–but quartz isn’t hewn from the earth in a single slab like other stones. The resin acts as a sealant, meaning that unlike marble or granite, you won’t have to re-seal your countertop every six months to a year!
Because it’s made from a mixture, your quartz countertops can often be poured for your project specifically, meaning that you won’t have any seams to interrupt the pattern or harbor bacteria. Furthermore, the countertops are incredibly hard and non-porous, and difficult to chip or scratch, with an even greater hardness level than granite. And finally, because the stone is mixed with pigments and a range of particle sizes, quartz countertops come in a huge array of colors, including vibrant solids like white or red, a concrete slate, or even agates.
Cons of Quartz
To be honest, there aren’t many! However, though it is difficult to stain high quality quartz, now that they’ve been on the market for a while, stone fabricators have had a chance to see how they react over time installed. They are starting to discourage the use of honed, or matte finish, quartz slab products because they lack the seal that their polished counterparts have, and can stain. Although a honed quartz counter still won’t stain as easily as a marble, care and maintenance do need to be kept in mind. Additionally, the resins aren’t UV-stable, and a lot of direct sunlight can discolor the countertop over time. Further, the unique and natural quality of granite or marble has a strong appeal for many homeowners, and though quartz is also composed mostly of natural stone, each slab of marble or granite is a completely individual work of art straight from the earth.
If you want to talk more about your countertop options, give us a call! We love learning everything we can about creating timeless, exquisite kitchens, and we love sharing that knowledge with clients!
All photos from Caesarstone, the leading quartz manufacturer.