Judging by our clients, the choice of Quartz has surpassed Granite in both kitchens and baths in our corridor of the Northeast. If you are working with The Corner Cabinet to design a space in your home, there’s obviously a chance that you’ve not owned a Quartz countertop before. If that’s the case, you may not know what Quartz is or how it differs from Granite. If you read on, we’ll rectify that today.
Granite has understandably been popular for years because it possesses such natural beauty and durability. And then along came Quartz, a man-made product. The manufacturing process allows for more colors choices than you’ll find in natural alternatives like Marble or Granite. If you’re interested in a specific color group, then Quartz will typically have many more options for you to choose from. And when it comes to the ever-trending white counter phenomenon, Quartz has oodles of options. When you look at a quality Quartz, you’ll also notice that there’s is a depth to the finish that is found in very few and certainly not found in many affordable Granites.
Quartz is an incredibly durable material. Granite is often cited as the most durable, natural countertop material available and is known for resisting cracks and chips. Quartz actually rates slightly higher on the hardness scale and therefore is slightly more resistant to damage. Quartz is a non-porous material that resists stains which can be a problem for Granite, Concrete, and Marble. Quartz countertops also don’t harbor bacteria or germs thanks to their non-porous quality. These couple of attributes alone may be the major reasons Quartz is so appealing to many homeowners.
Long-term maintenance of Quartz is also fairly care-free. Use mild soap and warm water or light-duty household cleaners for routine cleaning. Avoid exposing your Quartz countertops to any strong chemicals or solvents. For hardened spills such as glue or paint, gently scrape off the material using a plastic putty knife and a mild soap or warm water, or a household cleaner such as vinegar, rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. To avoid damaging your Quartz countertops, do not place hot pans directly on the countertop surface. To prevent chipping, do not place heavy pots and pans around the countertop edge, and do not subject the surface to forceful blows from heavy objects. Although Quartz is generally scratch-resistant, heavy pressure with a knifepoint can damage the surface, so using a cutting board is recommended.
At the end of the day, look at all the different options we have to offer at The Corner Cabinet because aesthetics is usually the major reason people choose the countertop material they do. The best clients are ones that are engaged in their design process. Our job is to share our knowledge and expertise to help guide you to make the best decision for you, whether those are Quartz countertops or alternative. Contact us today to Design your Happy Place! 508.872.9300
Thirsty for more on Quartz counters? Here’s some Quartz countertop inspiration for you from Caesarstone. Enjoy!