Bob Vila Radio: Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

Though it's not the cheapest kitchen countertop choice, quartz offers striking beauty and like-a-rock durability—a combination of characteristics that make the material an enduringly popular pick.

By Bob Vila | Updated Sep 24, 2017 6:54 PM

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Thinking about quartz countertops for your kitchen? You’re not alone. Quartz has been among the most popular choices in counter materials for a number of years, and for a number of reasons. Read on for a brief introduction to this beautiful, durable stone.

Quartz Countertop Pros and Cons



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Quartz contains 90 to 94 percent ground quartz and 6 to 10 percent polymer resins and pigments. The combination produces a slab that’s as hard as granite on the one hand, marble-like in appearance on the other.

That said, take care when shopping. Quartz often gets confused for quartzite—a sandstone exposed to intense heat until it solidifies. Though similar to quartz, in price and in other respects, quartzite tends to be the higher maintenance of the two.

Also note that if you’re planning quartz countertops longer than 120 inches, or with cut-outs, it may be necessary for the stone to be fabricated in sections. Sections mean seams. For those seams to stand out less, opt for a dark-toned quartz.

What about wear and tear? Quartz resists heat but isn’t invulnerable. Dealer specs usually say it’s able to handle temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. But in some cases, setting an exceptionally pan onto a cold quartz surface has been known to cause cracking or discoloration.

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