Why I Chose a Quartz Countertop for My Kitchen
As a homeowner stares at the centerpiece of their kitchen and the crossroad of the busiest room in the house, many are stumped by one of the most perplexing and important questions of any kitchen remodel.
What surface would work best for my countertop?
It’s a challenging question. Answer wrong, and the results can be aesthetically unappealing, unsatisfactory and extremely costly.
There are three essential factors every homeowner needs to consider when choosing a kitchen countertop: 1) budget; 2) style; and 3) family needs.
More American families every day are discovering quartz as the best surface for their countertops and the correct answer in this important design decision.
For Gary Gansemer of Dubuque, Iowa, the decision to go with Cambria quartz for his kitchen’s redesign was based on style, durability and price. Gansemer determined quartz was the best long-term solution for the focal point of his kitchen.
“Quartz has all kind of styles that look like granite, but is much more durable,” Gansemer said. “Quartz gave our kitchen a modern look for a cost effective price.”
As Houszz.com contributor Lyndsye Felsman notes, the cheapest countertop option rarely proves to be the best surface in the long run. When budgeting the potential costs of a countertop surface, homeowners need to consider the shape and size of their countertop, the quality of materials needed and installation costs. By performing cost comparisons of quartz, granite, marble and limestone, Felsman found her dream surface at the ideal price: a White Zen quartz countertop by Cosmos that cost just $2,500 with installation.
“The quartz we chose — White Zen by Cosmos — was the white I was looking for,” Felsman wrote in a Houzz.com piece on her family’s countertop decision. “It’s so pretty, glistens in the morning light, cleans like a dream and has brightened the space considerably.”
Built to Last
The last thing a homeowner wants to discover in a newly installed kitchen countertop is quick wear and tear. Quartz removes those concerns via its built to last nature.
One of the hardest materials in the world, quartz is more durable and longer lasting than granite, making it an especially popular choice for families with small children. And families who chose quartz don’t worry about spills or structural defects caused by porosity, making it a low-maintenance savior for active families.
As HGTV.com’s Caroline Shannon-Karasik notes, “Perhaps one of the largest benefits of quartz surfaces is that they are stain- and heat-resistant, making them easy to maintain. The non-porous quality of quartz also makes it highly resistant to mold and bacteria contamination.”
Lifehacker.com’s Melanie Pinola calls quartz the “most care-free” countertop surface.
Whatever a family’s style color and pattern preference, quartz can meet it, with more options than the most expansive pizzeria menu.
“Because quartz countertops are manufactured, the color and pattern possibilities are limitless – including varieties that are almost identical to granite or marble,” Shannon-Karasik writes.
Gansemer discovered quartz offered “so much more variety” than granite.
Beautiful, extremely durable and a cost-conscious option for both large and small budgets, more American families every day are discovering the stylish, long lasting and money-saving power of quartz countertops.
I like how you said that quartz countertops have lots of styles that are similar to granite. Granite is one of those materials that seems to be really expensive and had to budget with. Quartz seems like it is similar but cheaper as well.