Quartz is a man-made material that is one of the most popular choices for countertops in a home because of its low price, resiliency, and wide variety of design. However, people considering using it should also know of a handful of minor drawbacks – so consider all the aspects before making a purchase.
Unfortunately, no material is flaw-free. Marble has an elegant look that many homeowners desire but the cost of the stone makes it out of reach for many budgets. Similarly, natural wood can look great in and around the house but the cost is also high and it can require extensive upkeep.
By way of introduction, quartz is a man-made material – meaning it’s produced in a factory – created with natural quartz crystals, combined with resins and pigments to produce countertop slabs in practically any style imaginable. Quartz is available in solid colors ranging from neutral hues like white and gray to more exciting shades like purple. Or it can even be produced to resemble the look of pricier stones like marble, and it’s that range of appearances that is one of quartz’s biggest draws.
Because quartz countertops are man-made, they’re also designed to be incredibly resilient. This means they won’t easily suffer scratches, chips, or other marks, making them ideal in a busy room like the kitchen where heavy or hot utensils might mar another countertop material.
Quartz countertops are also resistant to stains and they won’t absorb liquids that could stain the surface. This is a great feature in the kitchen where oils and other liquid spills happen often, or in the bathroom where splashes are common and could create problems for other types of countertops.
Yet another benefit of quartz countertops is that their natural resistance means that they don’t have to be sealed to protect against liquids, unlike other materials that need frequent re-sealing.
As with any kind of material, there are some drawbacks with quartz countertops, although they’re usually minor enough to not dissuade anyone from using this material. For example, quartz is not as resilient to heat as other substances like granite, so hot pots and pans or utensils in the bathroom might leave marks if placed directly on quartz countertops. But this problem is easily fixed by putting down mats or some other kind of protective layer to set the items on.
Another drawback for some people is that quartz can have a relatively uniform appearance regardless of the style it’s produced in, because it’s made in a factory. That can be a negative for those who like the random look of genuine natural material like granite or marble. But given how expertly quartz countertops are produced these days, this is a minor consideration for most designers.
On balance, the pros of using quartz countertops significantly outweigh the drawbacks because it creates countertops that are low in cost, high in strength, resilient to damage, and low in maintenance to keep looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.