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Why should I consider a quartz countertop?

Quartz has recently become one of the most sought-after materials for modern kitchens. 

However, with any big decision regarding your home, it’s important to look at the pros and cons to determine if quartz countertops are the right fit for you.

As experienced suppliers of kitchen worktops, we’re here to provide the insight you need to make an informed decision. Keep reading to find out more.


What are quartz countertops?

Quartz is a man-made product created by combining natural quartz with resins and pigments. This manufacturing process results in a versatile surface that is ideal for use in kitchens. Quartz mimics the appearance of natural stone while offering enhanced durability and consistency in colour and pattern.

Pros of quartz

As per Caesarstone, quartz has emerged as the top choice for home improvement projects by Houzz, currently leading at 28% – surpassing other materials such as granite (18%).

We’ve put together just some of the reasons that homeowners are choosing quartz:

Appearance 

One of the primary attractions of quartz kitchen countertops is their aesthetic versatility. Available in a wide range of patterns, colours and finishes, quartz allows homeowners to achieve a customised look that complements their unique kitchen design scheme. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of veining or the sleek sophistication of solid hues, there is a quartz countertop to suit every preference. 

Durability 

When it comes to withstanding daily wear and tear, quartz excels. Unlike porous materials such as granite and marble, quartz is non-porous, meaning that it is highly resistant to stains, scratches and bacterial growth. This makes quartz the ideal choice for kitchens that are busier, where spills and messes are inevitable.

Long lifespan

Investing in quartz countertops is an investment in the long-term durability of your kitchen. With proper care and maintenance, quartz countertops can withstand daily wear and tear for many years, making them a cost-effective option in the long run.

Increasing property value

Upgrading your kitchen with quartz countertops can significantly enhance the appeal and resale potential of your home. Buyers are often drawn to kitchens fitted with premium materials like quartz, making it a wise investment for homeowners looking to boost their property’s value.

Sealant not required

Unlike natural stone countertops that require periodic sealing to maintain their integrity, quartz countertops are resistant to stains and moisture. This makes them a hassle-free option for homeowners who want to enjoy the beauty of stone countertops without the added maintenance of regular sealing.


Quartz cons

Can only be used indoors

While quartz countertops are suitable for indoor use, they are not recommended for outdoor applications due to their UV sensitivity. However, for indoor kitchen renovations, this limitation is not of significant concern. If you’re considering an outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to explore alternative materials.

UV sensitivity

Leading on from the above point, exposure to direct sunlight can cause quartz countertops to fade or discolour over time. Therefore, it’s essential to install them in areas away from sunlight to preserve their appearance.

Heat resistant but not entirely heatproof

Although quartz countertops are heat-resistant to a certain extent, they are not entirely heat-proof. Placing hot pots and pans directly on the surface can cause damage.


Quartz countertop maintenance tips

To encourage your quartz kitchen worktops to live a long and healthy life, our experienced team recommends the following maintenance tips:

Daily Cleaning

Use a soft, damp cloth or sponge to wipe down your quartz countertops after use. You should avoid abrasive scrubbers and harsh chemicals, as these can damage the surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry.

Stain Removal

Promptly clean up spills to prevent staining, especially with substances like red wine or coffee. For stubborn stains, create a paste using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, gently rub onto the stain, then rinse and wipe dry.

Heat Protection

Always use trivets when placing hot items on your quartz countertops to prevent damage.

Avoid Sharp Objects

Use cutting boards and avoid using knives directly on the surface of your quartz countertop to prevent scratching.

Preventing Damage

Be cautious when handling heavy objects near the countertop edges to avoid chipping or cracking. Keep acidic substances like vinegar away from the surface to maintain its shine over time.


Choose the right kitchen countertop with Granite & Marble Shop

When it comes to choosing the right kitchen worktop material, quartz offers a winning combination of durability, aesthetics and low maintenance.

If you’re considering a quartz countertop, our experienced team is here to assist you at every stage of your renovation. Contact us today to explore our wide range of quartz worktop options and find the perfect fit for your home.