When it comes to countertops there are a lot of options out there, but there’s one material that’s leading the pack when it comes to strength, durability and style. Quartz (engineered stone) is quickly replacing granite as the go-to material for discerning homeowners, and it’s something I’m starting use a lot more of in my own renovations. Here are the top 5 reasons why Quartz is the hottest trend in countertops.
Strength & Durability
One of the top reasons why Quartz is becoming so popular is that it doesn’t have a lot of the same weaknesses that you often find in other natural stone surfaces. It’s incredibly durable, and it won’t scratch or stain. This is why it’s particularly popular with busy families and those who really love to cook. It stands up to a lot of abuse and doesn’t show any wear or tear.
Since Quartz counters are made from engineered stones it allows for more variety than you would find in other natural stones such as marble and granite. Cambria countertops for instance have over 120 design options and 19 styles of edge profiles, meaning you can create a look that is guaranteed to suit any style or color of kitchen. And all Cambria designs are offered at the same price point – allowing the customer to choose freely based on creativity and not cost
When choosing a countertop you have to be really honest about how much work you’re willing to put into it. Some materials require regular sealing and polishing (granite, marble) while others require regular oiling and even sanding (butcher block). Quartz doesn’t require any of this. All you need to do is wipe it down with a little warm water and mild soap. There’s no need to apply any chemicals or oils.
When it comes to food preparation Quartz is a safe option for a couple of reasons. As mentioned above, there’s no need to treat it with harmful chemicals, but also, because it’s nonporous and non-absorbent, it won’t draw in moisture from raw or leftover food, which can harbour harmful bacteria.
Return on Investment (ROI)
In every renovation I do I’m always thinking about the return on investment. While I never recommend overspending, I do recommend spending where it counts. Because countertops are working surfaces they tend to show their age after a while, but because Quartz is so durable it continues to look new for much longer than other materials. So while pricier than some materials (such as laminate), it will last much, much longer. If you stick with a classic color and style you won’t need to replace it as long as you own your house.
Photos courtesy of Cambria