While there are many types of materials on the market for kitchen and bathroom countertops, quartz is by far the most popular selection. Other elements, such as granite, marble, and other natural stone are taking a backseat.
Quartz countertops come in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it easy to find the perfect choice to complement your kitchen and bathroom décor. Our clients love that their quartz countertops are not only beautiful but also durable and super easy to maintain.
In this article, you will learn the special and unique features of quartz countertops. We will explain their benefits over other materials and why choosing quartz for your kitchen and bathroom countertops will pay off in the long run. If you are considering quartz countertops for your home, read on to learn more about this popular countertop material.
The Unique Features of Quartz and Their Benefits
Quartz is a very practical, durable, and functional element that outshines other natural stones. All the facts that support these claims are carefully detailed below:
Material Composition & Durability
Quartz kitchen countertops are made from engineered stone, which is a combination of 90-92% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) and 8-10% man-made ingredients including resins, polymers, and pigments. The endless color possibilities of quartz are made possible by these ingredients. The mixed elements are poured into a pre-sized mold then high-tech machines compress and heat the slabs, which, when cooled, results in a smooth surface that is both a beautiful sight to behold and has a high level of durability.
The super hard, sleek, and non-porous characteristics of quartz countertops give their durability and resistance to stains, scratches, and chips- surpassing that of granite, marble, and other natural stones. In the bathroom, quartz is resistant to mold and mildew because it is non-porous. It will not absorb spills or harbor bacteria making it a good choice for damp environments. For all these reasons, quartz makes an excellent choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Additional Benefits of the Manufacturing Process
Because quartz countertops are manufactured, their appearance is much more predictable than that of granite and other natural stones. Your quartz countertop is going to look very close to the quartz sample you fell in love with, while natural stone countertops may have what you consider to be blemishes and irregularities. Quartz countertops are your best option if you are looking for something consistent and predictable.
In terms of appearance, quartz countertops are absolutely gorgeous! Being sleek and glossy, your space will immediately look and feel more modern and luxurious. And with an abundance of selections available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, you will easily find the perfect look for your style and decor. Quartz manufacturers are experts when it comes to producing slabs that mimic the look of natural stone, like marble, granite, and quartzite. But if you want to add some fun and flair to your kitchen or bathroom, look for bright shades of blue, green, orange, yellow, and even pink! Whether you are looking for a classic countertop or a bold, colorful statement piece, quartz provides endless possibilities.
Maintenance and Care
If you are in the market for a new and everlasting countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, a quartz countertop is the most durable and maintenance-free surface you can find. It does not require any sealing, waxing, or polishing like it is required with other natural countertop surfaces. No elements such as food, liquid, or bacteria will ever penetrate your quartz countertop, nor will you have trouble cleaning them. As a result, quartz provides a low-maintenance kitchen and bathroom countertop option for busy homeowners.
When it is time to clean your quartz countertops, all you have to do is wipe them down with a soft damp cloth or use warm soapy water. And if you get an occasional stain, they can almost always be rubbed off with a little dab of the Softscrub product that contains bleach. With just a little bit of care, your quartz countertops will retain their beautiful appearance, looking new for many years to come.
Versatility — Not Just For Countertops
Quartz surfaces are versatile and can be used in place of more common materials, giving your spaces more carefree maintenance and added wow-factors. A trending design feature is to have the quartz countertops extend up the kitchen and bathroom wall as the backsplash material. This looks very clean and modern- and unlike tile, has no grout, making it much easier to clean. Bathroom tub decks made of quartz are durable and luxurious. By complimenting your quartz countertops, they nicely tie the space together. And if you really want exceptional sophistication and aesthetic appeal, opt for quartz shower walls in place of tile. This luxury feature will have your bathroom looking like a five-star hotel!
Quartz also makes great outdoor countertops. Just be sure the quartz material is specially made for the outdoors as not all varieties are suitable for exposure to the elements. For example, Caesarstone quartz is made specifically for outdoor use to be more durable and resistant to direct sunlight or other harsh weather conditions, than its indoor counterparts. Caesarstone offers a wide selection of countertops specifically designed for use in outdoor kitchens. If you are looking for a material that can withstand the elements and still look fabulous, it is definitely worth considering.
- Although quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth, quartz countertops are still susceptible to damage from heat. If you place a very hot dish or pot on a quartz countertop, it is likely to leave a permanent mark. To avoid this, always use a hot pad or trivet when placing hot items on the counter.
- Quartz countertops can be more expensive than other countertop materials such as tile, laminate, and corian, so homeowners should be sure to compare prices before making a purchase.
Despite these cons, many homeowners still feel that quartz is an excellent choice for their kitchen and bathroom countertop material. When properly cared for, a quartz countertop can provide many years of beauty and function.
There is no doubt that quartz countertops are impressive. They have a unique look that can really make your kitchen stand out. But what about the cost? Though moderately expensive, engineered quartz combines the best of both worlds to produce a stylish look with an enduring finish. A quartz countertop is worth every penny. Whether you are looking for bathroom or kitchen countertops, engineered quartz offers lasting value that will not show wear even after years of enjoyment!
Quartz Countertop Edges
One important factor to consider when choosing a quartz countertop is the edge profile. The edge of the countertop can have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen and bathroom, so it is important to choose an edge that fits with the style of your bathroom or kitchen space. There are many different types of edges available, from simple square edges to more elaborate profiles.
All quartz countertops’ edges fall into categories based on their level of detail. Here are some of the most popular quartz countertop edges:
The most popular edge style is the standard edge, which features a straight, geometric design. Standard edges are available in a variety of colors and styles to suit any kitchen design. Standard edges are typically made with 1/2-inch thick material. If you are looking for a clean, minimalist look, then the standard edge is a great choice. Examples are:
- Straight/Square edge
- Half Bevel edge
- Quarter Round edge
Premium edges are made with thicker materials and have a higher quality finish. Premium edges are usually made with 3/4-inch thick material. As a result, they are less likely to chip or crack over time. They also offer a more decorative custom look and can give your countertop a more luxurious appearance. However, they come at a higher price point. Common premium edges include:
- Ogee edge
- Dupont edge
- Double Bullnose edge
- Cove Dupont edge
- Chiseled edge
Laminated edges are created by bonding two or more pieces of quartz together, resulting in a more intricate and polished look. This design creates a strong, seamless joint that is less likely to chip or crack over time. Laminated edges have a plastic layer that is fused to the edge of the countertop, which creates a seal that helps to prevent water damage and staining.
- Mitered edge
- Laminated Bullnose edge
- Ogee Straight edge
- Cove Dupont/Ogee edge
- Laminated Ogee edge
Waterfall edges are a design feature that add interest and sophistication to your kitchen countertops. As the name suggests, a waterfall edge extends beyond the horizontal countertop surface and down the edge of the cabinetry to the floor, creating a cascading effect. This design feature adds elegance, glamor, and a sense of unity to the space.
Quartz Countertop Finishes (Polished vs. Honed)
There are two types of finishes that can be applied to quartz countertops, each with its own unique benefits — the polished finish and honed finish. When shopping for quartz countertops, you will need to be specific about the finish you want. In order to make the right choice during this stage of the decision-making process, each type is comprehensively explained below for your better understanding:
A polished finish is by far the most popular choice for quartz countertops, and it is easy to see why. Polished quartz countertops have a bright, glossy, reflective surface that evokes a sense of refinement and luxury in any kitchen or bathroom. This type of finish is easier to maintain as its glossy surface is perfect for hiding oily fingerprints and other smudges. And because the manufacturing process naturally produces slabs with a polished surface, this finish is more affordable and has a much wider availability of selections. One downside to this finish is if a chip should occur, the unpolished surface underneath will be quite noticeable. Fortunately, quartz countertops are more chip resistant than natural stone surfaces, so overall, polished finishes are a great choice for your new quartz countertops.
Honed finishes are starting to increase in popularity for homeowners preferring a more natural, organic look. To achieve a honed finish, the quartz manufacturer expertly removes the polished surface, providing a sophisticated yet understated look. Because of this extra process, honed finishes are considered an upgrade, which usually makes them somewhat more expensive. They also require extra maintenance as their matte surface doesn’t hide fingerprints or smudges as well as a glossy finish. You will need to clean your honed quartz countertops more often than polished ones, but they still require less maintenance than natural stone. And because honed surfaces reflect less light than polished ones, they are a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms with bright overhead lights. Honed finishes may be a good choice for your quartz countertops as long as you carefully consider the pros and cons.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a countertop that is both beautiful and durable, quartz is the perfect choice for your bathroom and kitchen. Aside from quartz countertops being a fascinating sight to behold in your kitchen and bathroom, you will also be happy to know that quartz is a versatile material that can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications such as outdoor kitchen countertops. It is very durable, easy to clean, and maintain, making it a popular low-maintenance option for homeowners. Do not miss out on the kind of luxury and satisfaction that our clients are enjoying from their experience with quartz countertops.
Westside Remodeling has helped hundreds of clients select the perfect countertops for their kitchen, bathroom and outdoor living remodels. We offer five different brands of quartz countertops, each with its own unique styles and color palettes which you can view right in our design studio. For your dream quartz countertops, our expert kitchen and bath designers will help you find the perfect option for your upcoming remodel. And if natural stone is still your preference, we are happy to help you make the perfect choice of material as well. Our kitchen and bath designers will help you find the perfect quartz, granite, or other natural stone to complement your kitchen, bathroom or outdoor living space remodel. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!