With high levels of durability and beauty, quartz countertops are highly liked. The counter gets an attractive look that fits with the modern technological developments. To determine whether this is your best choice for your counter, you will need to balance the benefits against the disadvantages to come up with a logical preference. Let us first look at what quartz countertops are. Quartz is a mineral, which is very abundant on earth. It is a component that makes up stones and is not a stone itself. Due to this fact, quartz counters are not mined directly and cut into countertops, they are rather engineered. The following are some of the pros offered by the quartz countertops.
The first benefit is that there is no ongoing maintenance required. These counters are not sealed as other counters are. Due to this, you will not need to clear the seal and replace it every one or two years like the rest of the counters. Next, quartz countertops are non-porous and therefore there is no need to worry about germs and other undesirable microorganisms residing on the top. There is also less likelihood of stains because there are no pores where spills can accumulate and cause a stain. Next, there is a consistency in the color pattern than natural stones because they have been engineered to look at how they do, unlike the natural stones, which vary the color patterns from one end to the other. The fourth pro is that there is a wide color palette. This means that there are many colors to choose from that do not occur naturally. Such colors include deep blue and bright red. You can also go for the crystalline look. Fifth, there are no health concerns with quartz countertops. Many brands have the NSF certification, meaning that they will not host bacteria and are therefore safe. The NSR is an organization, not for profit, which advocates for high standards for water and food. Lastly, quartz countertops are beautiful. They can be finished to have a shiny surface or to have a muted satin look.
The following are the cons, which may make you eliminate this as your best option. First, quartz countertops are not heated torrent. Even though they have the look of a stone, they cannot accommodate a lot of heat. You will need to have hot pads or trivets if you want to put hotpots on it. Pans and hotpots will cause some damage. Next, they are not seamless. The seams come up because the manufacture makes uniform sizes of quartz countertops, are in most cases 10 feet by 4.5 feet. In addition, the quartz countertops are not immune to damage. If hit hard enough, they will be damaged. They are also not scratch proof, seeing that over time, they will get scratches due to the materials that bind the quartz together. Lastly, these countertops are sensitive to some products used in households. Chemicals with a high or low pH used in the house like bleach and brightening compounds can cause damage to it.