Quartz worktops: pros and cons

More and more people are opting for quartz worktops in their kitchens because of their luxurious, high-end look! However, this doesn’t mean that quartz worktops are right for everyone.

If you’re considering investing in a stunning new quartz worktop, it’s essential you read through our advantages and disadvantages of quartz countertops before making any decisions.

 

Pros of quartz worktops

There are loads of benefits of quartz countertops – they’re an incredibly popular choice for a good reason!

Appearance 

Many people choose quartz because of its sophisticated and polished appearance. With such a huge range of colours and patterns, you can find a quartz kitchen countertop that’ll look perfect in your home, whatever your colour scheme or style! 

From vibrant, sparkly colours to Marble-inspired Calacattas, the options are endless. 

Durability

One of the main advantages of quartz countertops is that they’re incredibly tough and durable. This makes them incredibly scratch resistant. You won’t have to stress about damaging your beautiful new quartz work surface! A quality quartz worktop will last for years to come. 

Easy to clean 

Because quartz worktops are non-porous, they’re incredibly easy to clean and look after. You don’t have to worry about spillage – quartz is highly stain resistant, so spillages will just run right off!

This is one of the key advantages of quartz over granite: if granite countertops are not properly sealed, there’s a risk that liquid could seep into the cracks. 

Hygienic 

Quartz surfaces are incredibly hygienic and highly antimicrobial. Their non-porous nature means they won’t harbour any harmful germs. This prevents a build-up of bacteria or mould and makes quartz a hugely popular and safe choice for kitchen worktops! 

Low maintenance 

Another benefit of quartz countertops is that they need very little maintenance, unlike some natural stone work surfaces. Natural stone countertops made from granite or marble require regular sealing to keep them non-porous and protect them from damage. 

Because quartz is an engineered stone, it will never require sealing, making it perfect for busy family homes! 

Flexibility 

Because engineered quartz worktops are made from ground quartz mixed with resin, they’re more flexible than natural stone worktops. This makes them easier to work with when it comes to installation and edging options.

 

Cons of quartz worktops

There are also some downsides of quartz worktops that you should be aware of before purchasing.

Cost 

Quartz is not among the cheapest worktop materials, especially compared to budget laminate worktops. Its incredible durability and high-end look are reflected in its price, so it might not suit those on a tight budget. 

However, quartz work surfaces are generally cheaper than many natural stone worktops, like marble, allowing you to get a luxury countertop at a more affordable price point. 

Heat damage 

Although natural quartz stone is heat resistant, the resin that bonds the surface together isn’t. So, quartz is fairly heat resistant, but it’s still susceptible to some heat damage.

It’s essential that you remember to use a trivet to avoid damaging your new quartz surface. If you place hot pots and pans directly on quartz, you risk discolouration and heat damage. 

Indoor use only

Quartz countertops can only be used indoors. Bright UV rays will damage your quartz surface and change the colour of it. If you’re looking for a worktop that can be used outside, a material like Dekton might be a better choice. 

 

How Mo’s StoneX can help

If you’re looking for a stunning work surface for your new kitchen or bathroom, which is durable and low maintenance, then quartz is a first-class choice!

Mo’s StoneX stocks a huge range of quality quartz worktops in some of the most popular quartz colours. From subtle natural colours, including our popular marble-inspired Carraras and Calacattas ranges, to in-demand sparkly options, we have something to suit every taste and style.

We have over ten years of experience supplying, templating, and installing quartz high-quality luxury quartz worktops. Our professional team handles everything from providing a free initial quote to installing your stunning new quartz work surface.

If you’re still unsure if quartz is right for you, get in contact with our friendly team. Or, fill out our online enquiry form for a free quote, and start your kitchen transformation today!