By Meg Escott
Here's my quartz countertop review which includes a run down of the properties and pros and cons of quartz countertops. We'll also look at whether or not a quartz countertop is right for your home.
This review is based on my research, talking to suppliers, and my own experiences with quartz countertops.
This page is part of the countertop designs series.
This quartz countertop reivew wouldn't be complete without going into the properties of quartz (engineered stone) in more detail...
Aesthetic choices - Quartz countertops are man-made engineered (hence 'engineered stone') and formed by combining 90% ground quartz with 10% resin, polymers and pigments to achieve that stone look. This forms a natural looking surface, which is as hard as granite. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth solid color look. Quartz surfaces work well in all kitchen designs from classic to modern.
You may be tempted to get your quartz countertop honed or leathered to achieve a slightly different look. This might have some implication on the warranty of the stone, so check this before you go ahead.
Seams - You can expect to see seams in a quartz countertop but they will be less visible if you choose a slab that’s darker in color. It is much easier to hide the seam to a certain extent if you choose a solid color countertop.
Stain resistance - The fact that these countertops contain the resin and polymers makes them non-porous and they do not require any sealing – ever. These stones offer a virtually no-maintenance material solution for countertops.
Heat resistance - The countertops are designed to withstand temperatures as high as 150 ̊ C / 300 ̊ F. This may not be as high as you expected as quartz is a stone, but remember that 10% of man made materials - that lowers the heat resistance slightly so it's best to use heat maps for anything really hot, but you'll be fine with a cup coffee placed directly onto the surface.
Scratch resistance - The quartz countertops are the most damage resistant from sharp knives, abrasive pads and hot pots.
Cleanliness - Looking after your quartz countertop is fast and simple. To clean your countertop, rinse it with warm water and a mild detergent, and it will be as good as new.
Cost - Price ranges between $40 to $90 per square foot, installed. It does depend on the complexity of texture of the countertop.
We'll finish off this quartz countertop review by going over some questions you can ask yourself before deciding whether or not this countertop is right for your home.
If you've got your eye on a quartz countertop that you like and you can afford it I wouldn't hesitate to go for it. It's durable (stain, scratch and reasonable heat resistance) and with minimal maintenance.
Apart from budget the other financial consideration is recouping your investment. You'll need to be living in your home for 10 years or more to get your investment back.
So that concludes my quartz countertop review. I hope you've found it useful. See below for more countertop material reviews.