As a manufactured countertop, quartz doesn't have some of the drawbacks of natural solid surfaces like marble or granite. It withstands chips and cracks while offering an appearance that looks a bit more natural than other engineered solid surface countertops. Quartz is non-porous, so it resists stains better than natural stone surfaces, which means it doesn't harbor bacteria and germ growth after cleaning.
Pros: Quartz Characteristics
Quartz countertops don't require the upkeep that marble or granite does because they don't require a sealant coat added periodically because of their non-porous surface. Like granite, quartz is also scratch- and mold-resistant, but unlike granite and marble, it is also chemical-resistant. Quartz also resists stains like tomato, wine, juices and coffee that easily seep into unprotected porous granite and marble. It ranks high up on the luxury list with marble, granite, concrete and other brand-name engineered surfaces.
Cons: High-End Costs
Quartz is a high-end product just like marble, concrete, granite and other solid-surface materials, so be prepared for sticker shock when you consider it as a countertop. Besides its initial upfront costs, you'll pay more for quartz because it requires professional installation unless you have experience creating bullnose edges or working with solid surface materials. If you consider quartz, get a price that includes installation to incorporate it into your budget.
Cons: Engineered Product
If you prefer the random veining and nature's colors found in granite and marble, you might be disappointed with a quartz-engineered surface, which does not offer this quality because it is a man-made product. While it does contain natural quartz, the quartz is suspended in resin. While quartz offers some heat-resistance, it not as heat-resistant as granite or concrete, so take precautions by using hot pads or trivets when placing extra-hot items on its surface. And like granite, its seams might be noticeable. Since quartz is made with resin, it might fade if exposed to ultraviolet rays, unlike non-engineered products. Quartz, just like marble and granite, might emit radon; if you are concerned, ask the retailer for documentation on the possible amount of radon in the quartz.
Pros: Wide Color Choice
Natural stone surfaces have long-term appeal because of the numerous colors of nature in them, which allow you to change the look of your kitchen without having to change out the countertops. Since quartz countertops are engineered, you also have a choice of multiple colors, either plain or mixed, even if not as many variations as natural stone. For timeless appeal, choose a neutral-colored quartz countertop, which allows you to update your kitchen as desired.