There used to be a time when granite was the only word you’d hear from home owners fantasizing about dream kitchens.
With their classic elegance and good resale value, it’s no wonder granite countertops have reigned at the top of home design wish lists. Until now. Turns out, more designers are turning to another material for kitchen counters: quartz.
In their most recent trends report, the National Kitchen & Bath Association cites popularity with quartz as on the rise, particularly within the last five years, while interest in granite has declined.
So what is it that makes quartz so appealing?
Quartz countertops are no-fuss
As opposed to granite, which is a natural stone, quartz countertops are man-made, engineered stone, formed from about 90% quartz with binders like resins and polymers and various pigments for colour making up the rest.
Thanks to its content, quartz is tough, super durable and resistant to stains and scratches. The surface requires little maintenance and eliminates the need for sealants and/or wax. In addition, since quartz countertops are non-porous, it makes them easier to clean and fend off bacteria — basically a parent’s dream.
Just keep in mind that quartz surfaces are intolerant to high heat, so setting hot pots or pans directly on the counter is a big no-no.
Quartz can fit practically any style
Quartz comes in a wide range of colours, unlike granite, which can be more limited due to the natural process from which it is made. Manufacturers these days are able to produce quartz countertops in everything from solid colours to imitation granite that almost no one would suspect isn’t the real thing.
While most quartz countertops are known for their smooth and shiny finish, they can go beyond the polished look, too. Some manufacturers offer textured products for a softer or more rustic look. With a myriad of aesthetic choices available, you can control the design process from beginning to end.
Bottom line: Quartz will never leave you wanting for options.
Quartz makes a great investment piece
The cost of quartz can range from $80 to $140 or more per square foot, while granite generally starts at about $80 and can go to $175 or slightly higher.
But thanks to its durability, quartz can prove more cost-effective in the long-run. While the initial outlay appears similar, the lack of maintenance over time will put any comparisons with granite to rest.
Now the only question left on our minds: Granite, who?