It seems that quartz countertops are having their moment right now.
The trend keeps growing and quartz was at the top of many design trend lists this year and seems to be on even more for next year.
The popularity of quart countertops has been growing year after year and 2018 looks to be more different. Even the Washington Post has proclaimed that “quartz has supplanted granite as the people’s choice”.
Some people find that hard to believe as only a few years ago granite countertops were the standard for 70% of new home construction. I don’t know if we can say that quartz is the most popular but there’s no doubt that it is more popular than ever.
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Why are kitchen countertops so popular?
- Low maintenance
- Less porous
- Heat resistant
- Stain resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Change in trends
- Environmentally friendly
- Consistent in color/texture
- Comparable cost to granite
- More color and style options than before
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Maintenance – A big pro of quartz countertops is that they are low maintenance compared to granite countertops. Granite counters need to be sealed every 12-24 months, but you will never need to seal your quartz counters.
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Antimicrobial – The resin used to bind quart makes quart countertops nonporous. Stains, bacteria, odors, mold, and mildew cannot penetrate the quartz surface.
Less porous – Compared to granite, quartz is much less porous. The resins used in engineered quartz help keep bacteria and stains from seeping into the counter. Granite is naturally porous, which is why it must be sealed.
Heat resistant – Quartz countertops are heat resistant to a point. The resins used in them are less so. It is recommended that you don’t place a very hot pan directly onto quartz counters.
Stain resistant – Quartz counters are very stain resistant and have a low absorption rate.
Scratch resistant – Quartz is highly scratch resistant, although not impervious to scratching.
Change in trends – Some home designs seem timeless, but even beautiful natural hardwood floors went out of style at one time. Builders and remodelers like to put the trendiest items into homes, and right now the trend seems to be changing to quartz.
Environmentally friendly – Quartz is engineered, so it can be more environmentally-friendly than granite because it uses fewer resources in quarrying and transportation.
Consistent color/texture – Quartz is engineered to be more consistent in color, texture, and pattern than natural stones can be.
Comparable cost to granite – There is a range in prices for different types of granite and quartz. Though quartz may be more expensive, it will be cheaper than many types of granite.
More color and style options – Quartz has the look of stone while also allowing homeowners to customize the design. Because it is engineered, quartz is available in more variations than granite.
These are some of the main reasons that quartz has gained in popularity recently. It is not a true natural stone, which has both pros and cons.
Many people still love the one of a kind look of granite but there is no doubt that quartz has become a more desirable countertop material than ever before.
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More quartz information:
All About Quartz Countertops – This Old House
Facts You Don’t Know About Quartz Countertops – The Spruce
Quartz: The New Countertop Contender – HGTV
6 Top Trends in Kitchen Countertop Design for 2018 – Sebring Design Build
With countertops, quartz has supplanted granite as the people’s choice – Washington Post
Granite Vs. Quartz: Is One Really Better Than the Other? – HGTV
What are some myths about man-made Quartz Countertops? – Rumford
Quartz Countertops more popular than granite – Elle Decor
The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Is No Longer Granite – Apartment Therapy
See Why Quartz Is on Its Way to Becoming the New King of Countertops – Countertop Investigator