For years granite has been the most popular choice for upscale kitchen countertops in new and remodeled homes. And while granite doesn’t seem to have lost any popularity, it is facing competition from a number of other materials. Foremost among them is probably quartz. What are the benefits to choosing quartz for the countertops in your Naples-area kitchen? Let’s look at a few benefits—and one thing you need to be mindful of when choosing quartz.
1. Consistency in Color and Pattern
Because quartz countertops are made from a mixture of quartz and resin (93 to 7 percent, respectively) they are more consistent in color and pattern throughout. You won’t have the variation that sometimes occurs with granite. Some people actually prefer that variation. But if you want consistency (and are trying to match a backsplash material to the countertop) quartz may be a better choice
2. No/Low Maintenance
Because quartz is non-porous, it doesn’t need to be sealed regularly like granite does (yearly for as long as you own it). While they are not indestructible they are very resistant to stains. Spilling a glass of red wine or juice isn’t a big deal. Just wipe it up.
Both granite and quartz are very strong and resilient. Quartz, however, is a bit more flexible and somewhat easier to install. That can make a bit of a difference in your installation costs.
The naturally occurring (and random) colors and veins in granite sometimes make seams stand out a bit. Again, some people prefer that (because every countertop is then unique). The consistent color and pattern of quartz makes it easier to get a subtler seam.
5. One Caution to Consider
Quartz countertops can be sensitive to sunlight and it’s possible for them to become a bit discolored. If all of your countertops receive the same amount of sunlight, that’s probably not going to present a problem. But if you have one area that receives considerably more sunlight it’s possible to see some fading. Of course the more UV rays your windows block out, the less likely this will be.
Both quartz and granite are elegant, durable materials that will be stunning in your kitchen. If consistency of color and pattern (and a little less maintenance) is important to you, take a hard look at quartz for your Naples kitchen.