First it was marble (as in vanities and countertops) and then granite was being touted as the next big thing by condo builders, who loved to put high end materials on kitchen and bathroom counters because it automatically upped the ‘luxe’ factor for buyers. But now there’s a new kid on the block: quartz. It may be the latecomer to home design, but it has developed quite a following. We’ve prepared a guide to the benefits and advantages of this material and how it will work in your home…so the next time you see quartz countertops advertised, you won’t have to wonder whether a quartz countertop is right for you!
Quartz is an attractive, durable choice for countertops because it’s engineered stone, so it can be made to look exactly as you want – just like real stone, but with more flexibility, and without some of the weaknesses of natural stone. Quartz is manufactured from real quartz crystals suspended in a matrix of resin, so you do get the beauty of natural stone with the versatility of a manufactured product. That means you can get it in any shape, size or colour imaginable, and can be molded to fit even the most unusual shaped backsplashes, counters or sink basins.
Quartz is also:
It’s important to remember that first and foremost, quartz is not considered natural stone (even though it is made with natural quartz crystal). At Chaulk, we believe engineering is an advantage, not a disadvantage, but some purists will reject quartz solely on the basis that it did not originate as a slab of quarried stone.
Another thing that quartz is not (necessarily), is cheap! Quartz countertops can be as expensive per square foot as other high end materials like granite or concrete. At Chaulk, we source quartz countertops from Caesarstone, a premier manufacturer whose quality is guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Quartz is not as heat-resistant as some other countertop materials, so caution must be exercised when using hot pots and pans, or heat styling tools in the bathroom.
If you would like a modern yet luxurious look for your countertops, and have budgeted for a more upscale option than laminate counters, quartz is a great choice because it’s extremely low maintenance and durable. You won’t have to replace this countertop for as long as you are in your home, and it will maintain its beautiful, consistent polish over the length of its life. If you are considering quartz countertops, call Chaulk for a free consultation and written estimate now