How Quartz Compares With Other Kitchen Countertop Materials

28 October 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home since that is where friends and family gather. Plus, if your kitchen is open to the living room or family room, it's appearance has a big visual impact on the rest of your home. Choosing the right countertops is important. The material and color sets the tone for the room, whether you are looking for something that says luxury, gourmet cook, or friendly country kitchen. Quartz countertops have special appeal because of their beauty and durability. You may want to consider installing quartz when you update your kitchen. Here's how it compares to other popular countertops. 


Granite is another very popular countertop material. It is similar to quartz in appearance, however, the materials have a few differences. For one thing, granite is porous and quartz is not. You have to seal granite on a regular basis or it will stain easily. Even water will leave behind big stains on granite if it can seep into the stone. Quartz is engineered from ground quartz and resin, so it resists water stains and never needs to be sealed.  


Marble is a beautiful countertop material because of its lustrous sheen and rich veins. However, it is porous and it's softer than granite or quartz. That means it stains easily, especially if you choose bright, white marble. It also scratches easily, so you'll have to be careful about using it for a food preparation surface. Stains and scratches are not a concern with quartz. Because of the way it is manufactured, quartz does not absorb liquids, so it doesn't stain. That means it needs far less maintenance than marble. In fact, soapy water is the only thing you need to keep quartz clean. 

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are popular because they are easy to keep clean and they come in an endless variety of colors and patterns. They are made from resin, marble dust, or acrylic material. They are not porous, so they don't stain easily. They resist the growth of bacteria and mold because they are a solid piece without grooves and seams to hold food and germs. The drawback is these countertops are not as strong as quartz and other stone. They don't make great food preparation surfaces because they can be scratched and burned. Quartz is an ideal surface for kneading dough, and prepping food since it doesn't scratch easily, and it is easy to clean. Quartz is also available in a wide range of colors and patterns since pigments and patterns are added during the manufacturing process.

Choosing the right countertop material can be difficult since there are so many good choices. However, if you want something that requires very little maintenance and little worry about staining, then quartz might be what you need. Since it comes in different colors and patterns, you can even buy engineered quartz that looks like marble or granite so you get the non-porous benefits of quartz with the distinctive appearance of natural stone. Contact a local outlet, such as Rogan Granitindustrie, Inc, for further assistance.