Stone countertops are loved for their unique style, natural feel, and extreme durability. However, not all stones are the same, especially when it comes to countertops in a kitchen. With the extra moisture and food preparation going on in your kitchen, it is important that you have product that is hard, sanitary and easy to keep up. Quartz has long been one of the most popular countertop materials, but it does require a little bit of maintenance. Composite stone countertops are an alternative for homeowners who a product that requires pretty much zero maintenance. This article explains the key differences between owning a natural quartz countertop and a composite stone countertop.
Quartz is a beautiful natural stone that has been used for centuries in all types of construction. It is durable and stylish at the same time. It has an MOH (or measure of hardness) rating of 7, making it hard enough for most types of construction. Polished quartz is the most popular when it comes to countertops and interior usage. That being said, quartz does require a little bit of maintenance because it is not 100% waterproof. A slab of quartz is basically mined from the earth, cut to size, polished and installed on your cabinet system. This process means that your stone is beautifully natural, but needs to be sealed and waterproof over the years because it is slightly porous.
If you own a quartz countertop, you will need to reseal it every year or so. The sealant fills the pores and clean the stone. This is vital when it comes to food preparation since there are bacteria and mold concerns. If the pores are not cleaned, bacteria can become a problem. Sealing qurtz only takes a couple of hours and the process is simple. You basically rub it onto the quartz, let it soak in as it dries, and then rub it off.
If you are unwilling to undertake the required maintenance for quartz, you should probably look into a composite stone product. These products are made out of ground up stone (usually a mixture of different types) that is mixed with epoxy and stained to create a faux stone finish. These look close to the real thing, but never quite as good. The good thing about the epoxy finish is that the product is perfectly waterproof. No sealing is ever necessary.
In the end, quartz is still the more exciting and stylish choice.