Quartz countertops are a popular type of stone countertop that brings a bright and vibrant aesthetic to your kitchen. Because quartz is a distinct material, it carries a number of unique advantages and disadvantages with it. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks associated with quartz countertops can help you decide if quartz is the right choice for your new home or for a remodel. 

Advantages of Quartz Countertops

Non-Absorbent: Quartz does not absorb liquids or substances that are spilled or poured onto it, which greatly reduces the chances of bacteria and mold from gaining a foothold in your countertop. Furthermore, because substances won't be absorbed into the countertop, the surface of quartz countertops will not change or become discolored over time due to exposure to different foods and materials.

Maintenance Free: In a similar vein to the point above, quartz countertops are maintenance free. Because they do not absorb the materials and liquids that are spilled on them, they are extremely easy to clean with a sponge and warm soapy water. Furthermore, the fact that quartz is not absorbent as a material means that you won't have to get your countertop resealed every few years, as is the case with some other natural stone options and concrete. 

Customization: Quartz comes in a wide range of different colors and patterns, even coming in bright reds and blues that cannot be found in other natural stone options. This means that you can choose whatever aesthetic you want, matching your countertop to the walls of your kitchen or creating an eye-popping countertop that stands out from all other surfaces in your home.

Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops

Durability: Though quartz countertops are extremely durable and are able to withstand blunt trauma and everyday wear and tear without becoming damaged, they are susceptible to damage that is caused by knives and other sharp objects. This means that care must be taken while cooking, and cutting boards are always necessary to prevent the surface from becoming marred.

Heat and Chemical Resistance: Quartz countertops are also susceptible to damage due to heat exposure and chemical cleaners. Heat can cause damage to the resin used in the countertop, which can result in an uneven surface or some other form of damage. This can be avoided, however, through the use of heat pads. Acidic or basic cleaners can cause the color to be altered or removed from your countertop: check with the manufacturer to see their recommended cleaning options.