For many people who choose to install them in their homes, quartz countertops are valuable due to their durability and resiliency. They require very little maintenance, especially when compared to certain other countertop materials, and they provide a beautiful surface that offers a fantastic kitchen centerpiece within any home style.
At Creative Granite & Design, we offer a wide range of quartz countertops for you to choose from in addition to our custom granite and other solid surface countertops. And while we pride ourselves in the high quality of our quartz materials, we’re also realistic and transparent with our customers – some people have taken the benefits of quartz just a little too far and are perhaps unrealistic about what they’re getting. Let’s go over the numerous benefits of quartz countertops in a grounded, simple way that separates fact from myth.
For starters, it’s important to note that up-front price isn’t the only factor in the expense and value associated with a given countertop. While it’s true, for instance, that quartz countertops are more expensive than, say, laminate options, the difference is that they will last exponentially longer – for decades in most cases.
This is value that you receive later on through limited maintenance needs and not needing to install a brand new countertop far sooner. Most owners of such countertops make up their additional up front expense within the first couple years quite easily.
Firstly, we should be clear: Quartz countertops absolutely are stain-resistant, and will block a variety of common stain types. However, this does not mean they are completely stain-proof – there are certain chemicals that will interact with their resins and pigments and can stain them.
In most situations, you won’t be using these chemicals anywhere near your countertops, and you don’t have to worry here at all. For those who regularly perform crafts or other hobbies on the surface, however, this could become an area you have to think about.
A similar area is scratching, which very rarely happens to quartz countertops – but again, rarely and never are not the same thing. While quartz is highly scratch-resistant, certain heavy objects dragged across the surface can scratch it. In addition, abrasive pads or cleansers may etch the surface. While everyday scratches will not be a concern here, you should be careful of those areas just to ensure your surface remains pristine.
Finally, while quartz options are far more resistant to heat than granite surfaces, they can still become discolored due to extreme heat. For this reason, we recommend against taking pots or other items directly off the oven and setting them down on quartz countertops.
For more on the true benefits of quartz countertops, or to learn about any of our custom countertops, speak to the staff at Creative Granite & Design today.