Countertop materials vary widely and while all of them work well for general kitchen and bathroom tasks, certain surfaces work better than others in certain situations. For instance, stone surfaces are a better choice for areas near the range as they can withstand the heat from pots and pans better. Solid surfaces on the other hand, are more ideal for use around sink areas for easier cleaning. Combination countertops are usually a more expensive option, but the rewards are many in terms of upkeep and the increased value of your kitchen.
Quartz is one of the most versatile natural stone countertop materials you will find in the market today. It is also a durable choice because, like granite, it resists water and heat. However, it is a lot easier to maintain as it repels bacteria and stains and doesn’t require sealing, unlike granite and other natural stones. Natural quartz offer more consistent colors and patterns, although it is a limited shade. However, quartz can be manufactured to achieve a wider range of colors and a luxuriously finished engineered stone appearance.
In terms of durability, quartz can compete with granite and concrete but is usually more forgiving in that it doesn’t crack or chip that easily. Quartz also doesn’t have the same stiffness/hardness that people find unpleasant in concrete and some natural stones. Because quartz is a non-porous surface, it resists stains better than marble and granite, making it a practical choice in both the kitchen and the bathroom.
There aren’t many downsides to choosing quartz as your main countertop material, except maybe for its cost. Just the same, you will find competitive prices from fabricators and contractors who know the value that these materials offer. Quartz is a good choice of countertop material along with other high-end natural stones like marble, granite, and slate.