Quartz – The Next King of Countertops?

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Since the 80s, granite countertops have grown to be a widespread option for kitchen countertop durability and beauty. Having risen steadily in popularity over the following decades, granite became the number one kitchen countertop choice and still holds that title today. Yet following close behind on the heels of granite, in the number two popular spot, is the mighty quartz countertop.

Having at least as many benefits and aesthetic appeal as granite does, home owners are discovering that quartz countertops do have additional significant advantages. So is granite about to be kicked to the curb in order for quartz to become the new countertop king? It’s likely that over the next handful of years granite and quartz will be battling for the throne as more and more people discover the value of quartz countertop designs and make the switch.

The Pros of Quartz vs. Granite

Just what are the extra advantages of choosing quartz countertops over granite countertops? There are a handful of important differences for home owners to consider.

Many quartz countertops are engineered by adding a high percentage (approx. 97%) of quartz to a resin mixture. These engineered quartz countertops are just as strong as granite and more flexible which is beneficial during installation. Quartz kitchen counters are extremely durable and built to last with a sturdy finish and glossy polish. These finishes are difficult to scratch or chip and are very resistant to heat, which makes a home owner’s investment in new countertops worthwhile.

Quartz is non-porous, which makes it resistant to the growth of bacteria and mildew. Even a well-sealed granite counter should be re-sealed every year for optimal resistance to bacteria and stains. Quartz doesn’t require this kind of maintenance or really much maintenance at all.

Quartz countertops come in a large variety of patterns and colors, and also have a more uniform appearance throughout.

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Is Quartz Safer Than Granite

A concern that has been debated recently about granite as a material for countertops is the possibility of the stone emitting harmful levels of radon gas as it ages. Granite does contain small levels of certain radioactive materials, like potassium and uranium, but many experts argue that the levels are so miniscule they do not pose a health risk. Because opinions and various studies differ regarding this possible issue, some home owners have switched from granite to quartz countertops to be on the safe side of the argument, just in case.

Goodbye Granite?

Quartz is definitely rising in popularity for kitchen countertop design, but the world isn’t waving goodbye to granite yet. These two dueling countertops might switch places in popularity someday soon, but granite is still a top choice with many advantages for kitchen décor.

When quartz countertops do become king, the price per square foot will start to go down for better affordability and the benefits of this sturdy and truly gorgeous material will enhance homes far and wide. With quartz in the kitchen, the home resale value might just rise up higher, too.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I didn't know about the concern about radon from granite. I learned something here. Also, I caught a glimpse of those floors in the first photo and intrigued.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

The floors are certainly beautiful and showpiece of their own - from the little bit that is visible! Thanks Flourish!!!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

We were looking at quarz a few weeks back for our kitchen counters. It is good option and looks fantastic.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Don't think you can go wrong with quartz, Thanks teaches12345!

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