Decorating a kitchen is not the easiest task in the world, because you simply have so many choices to make in terms of what to put in it, what colour to go for, and what materials to use. By the end of the process you should have created your perfect space, but the process whilst it’s happening can be stressful to say the least!
If you are looking at choosing a quartz stone countertop then you have made a very smart and long lasting choice. Quartz is cost effective and looks fantastic in your kitchen, but you may be torn between this material and the other stone options on the market too.
Of course, they are all fantastic in their own right, but quartz has many advantages, and of course disadvantages, that you need to know about.
Let’s check them out.
Advantages of Quartz Countertops
- Cost effective – Quartz is cheaper than granite generally, and that means you get high quality for less cost;
- Doesn’t need regular maintenance in the form of sealing – Granite and marble all need to be sealed on an annual basis, and this adds cost to your choice. Quartz is a plus point choice here because once it is installed, you don’t need to do anything else to it for its lifespan, other than clean it regularly as you would do anyway;
- Stain resistant – You don’t have to worry about staining your new quartz countertop, as quartz is highly stain resistant;
- Heat resistant – Of course, you should be careful with hot pans, but quartz is heat resistant to a high degree;
- Non-porous – Quartz does not absorb liquid into its interior, and that means it doesn’t harbour germs or bacteria. For this reason, quartz is a very hygienic choice;
- Large range of colours on offer – You will find any colour or pattern you like!
Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops
- You need to shop around to find the best deal – Because quartz is so widely available, you do need to put plentiful time into shopping around and finding the best deal. This can add time to your search, and that may be something you don’t want or need;
- Needs to be professionally installed – You can’t install a quartz countertop yourself, you need to have a professional come and do it for you, ensuring it is sealed correctly;
- The shine can dull over time – Nothing lasts forever, and that means that as time goes on, you may notice that the shine fades a little. Of course, looking after your quartz well will elongate its lifespan;
- Strong, but not indestructible – We mentioned that quartz is strong, and that is true, but it is not indestructible, so you are still going to need to be careful, especially with anything sharp, such as knives – always use a protective pad when cutting anything.
As you can see, our 10 pros and cons are top heavy in favour of the advantages, and that means that quartz is certainly a great choice for your new kitchen worktop. Because of the natural strength of this stone, you are looking at a very hard-wearing option, and in terms of saving money, because it won’t need to be replaced any time soon after installation, perhaps this is the biggest indication that quartz is the way you should go.