Are you unsure about quartz for your new kitchen worktop? It’s not surprising, there are so many options available, and the whole thing can get a little confusing if you’re not clear on the pros and cons of each option in front of you!
When it comes to your work surface, if you’re going down the natural stone route, you have three main choices – granite, marble, and quartz.
We’re going to focus entirely on quartz in this chat, basically because it is packed with advantages, with only the odd downside. This means that quartz is a great choice for your new worktop, be it for your kitchen or your bathroom.
Let’s check out the pros and cons in turn.
Pros of Quartz Stone Work Surfaces
Non-porosity – Quartz is a non-porous stone, which means that it doesn’t absorb liquids, and it doesn’t harbour germs or bacteria. This is a big plus point, because this makes it a hygienic option, and it also means that it is going to last longer, due to the reduced chance of problems from liquid absorption!
Very highly heat resistant – You would need to place a large amount of heat on the work surface to cause any damage, which makes it an ideal choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Obviously don’t play Russian roulette by testing this out too much, because over time it’s likely that there will be the odd problem, but if you can use heat pads, you’ll cut out the tiny possibility.
Very highly scratch resistant – Again, nothing is 100%, but you’re going to struggle to scratch a quartz work surface easily. If you stick to using cutting boards then you’re totally cutting out the chances of a scratch from occurring.
No maintenance required – Quartz is the only one of the natural stone options which doesn’t require any maintenance at all. Granite and marble will need regular sealing, but quartz doesn’t need anything, other than regular cleaning as you would do anyway.
Large number of colours and patterns available – You will find so much choice available, and the options might be overwhelming!
Cons of Quartz Stone Work Surfaces
Non-porosity – We’ll put this in the cons side as well as the pros, because the fact that quartz is non-porous means that it will probably always remain wet if there is water anywhere near it.
The range of colours could be overwhelming – The large range of different colours and patterns could lead you to feeling overwhelmed, which could then push you into making a snap decision. You need to really think about this carefully, because your quartz work surface needs to survive several redecorations – stick to neutral colours if possible.
As you can see, there are considerably more pros than cons when it comes to choosing quartz, and this is because it is such a fantastic choice. A quartz worktop, when installed professionally and cleaned regularly, will last you a considerable length of time.
Remember to shop around as best you can, and to check out colours carefully before choosing your final option. If you can avoid making fad/on trend choices, and instead stick to something which is going to ‘go’ with many other colours, you’ll find you have a very long-lasting option for a long time to come.
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