Quartz is the fourth-strongest material on the plant. Only diamonds, sapphires, and topaz outrank it when it comes to strength. Added to its strength, quartz is also resistant to staining, chipping, and impact. Basically, quartz is nature’s lifetime guarantee.
With that in mind, it’s little wonder that quartz is a hot commodity for kitchens everywhere. Its beauty and durability practically promise that it’s going to be a worthwhile investment. This natural mineral is combined with resins, and it does go through a bit of a process before it’s transformed into the beautiful and hygienic kitchen counters we all know and love.
However, not all quartz countertops are the same.
The Price Difference
The first thing many homeowners realize is a price difference. Quartz can range between $30 – $150 per square foot. That’s a pretty big pendulum swing, but quartz’s pricing depends on the quality of the stone and how well the manufacturer has produced it. Thickness of the countertop also impacts the pricing, as does how much of it you need and the complexity of how the stone is cut for your kitchen remodel.
Box or Boutique?
While it may be tempting to go to a box store to pick out a quartz countertop, those who do so miss the variety that may be available, and they miss the expertise of a skilled craftsman who understands the complexities of quartz — both how to cut it and how to install it.
As previously mentioned, quartz is combined with resins. And not all combinations are the same. An experienced professional can identify the percentage of actual quartz stone with the measure of resins and polymers.
Additionally, color and pigments may be added that can vary the look of the quartz. Those who want a 100% natural countertop should consider granite, which has some similarities but some drawbacks. It is also more expensive.
In short, though — those who are choosing quartz should make sure they are sourcing their countertops from a reputable manufacturer who will stand behind their product.
Wear and Tear
Quartz countertops are scratch and chip-resistant — pro! But they are not heat resistant — con. Still, it is a low-maintenance, beautiful, and durable option that can take a lot of wear and tear from the family. Plus, since it’s non-porous, quartz is easy to keep clean and hygienic.
Care should be taken not to use harsh chemicals on quartz, but overall — they are a low-maintenance choice.
Other Options for Quartz
Quartz is a popular choice for the kitchen, but it’s also a great option for bathrooms. It’s waterproof and resistant to mold, which makes it an ideal surface for a bathroom!
All in all — quartz is an outstanding choice for a kitchen remodel!