The Longevity of Quartz Countertops

The Longevity of Quartz Countertops

July 24, 2015

Q: We’re remodeling. We like the look of quartz countertops, and the price is fairly in-line with what we were quoted for granite. But how do quartz surfaces compare to natural stones like marble and granite, over time?

A: Since you’ve been doing your homework, you probably know that granite is often considered the most durable natural countertop material available. But what you may not know is that, as a manmade material, engineered quartz surfaces actually rate a bit higher on the hardness scale and are slightly more resistant to damage. If longevity is what you’re looking for, quartz is an excellent choice.

Quartz is an interesting material. It’s not “just” quartz. It’s actually a composite made of quartz, pigments, and resins. While it contains natural stone (in the form of quartz chunks) it’s not a naturally occurring slab, such as granite. If you like the look, you’re going to like what quartz, such as ColorQuartz (which we offer here at Marble and Granite, Inc.) has to offer.


ColorQuartz in Pewter; photo via ColorQuartz

In the U.S. today, sales of quartz countertops have skyrocketed with the number of quartz countertops now approaching those of granite and marble. This is due, in part, to the fact that quartz surfaces are chemical, stain, chip, and crack resistant. Not only that, but quartz surfacing is non-porous. This meant that the surfacing never needs sealing, plus it’s also 99.9-percent bacteria-free. 

If you like the look of quartz, you probably prefer materials that look “like new,” without imperfections. While granite and marble are beautiful, they do contain variations and imperfections. Some think this adds character. But others prefer the color and pattern consistency of quartz, which has essentially “engineered out” any sign of imperfection. This also makes quartz surfacing incredibly flat and smooth.


ColorQuartz in Pearl; photo via ColorQuartz

Along these lines, any seams present in quartz surfaces can be easily disguised. On the other hand, seams in marble and granite are typically far more visible. 

Not only will quartz surfaces last a very long time (and look great while doing so) they require very little, if any, maintenance. Unlike granite or marble, they never need to be sealed or re-sealed year after year. Plus, cleaning is exceptionally easy, requiring only wiping with a damp cloth or paper towel. Tougher cleaning jobs might require the help of a mild cleanser or non-abrasive sponge.

While quartz countertops are exceptionally durable, note that they’re not indestructible. We suggest that you always use trivets, towels, or pads when using hot pots and pans. Quartz can resist very high temperatures, but quick changes in temps (known as thermal shock) can damage the surface.



ColorQuartz in Concrete Grey; photo via ColorQuartz

Today, quartz is quickly becoming a “must have” countertop material. But the most important thing is to choose the material that you like best. In the end, it’s a personal choice. If you like the color-consistency offered by quartz and the low-maintenance nature of the surface, we can all but guarantee that you’ll enjoy a quartz countertop. In fact, ColorQuartz is one manufacturer who offers a Lifetime Residential Warranty

Check out more about ColorQuartz on our website. Or stop by one of our two showroom locations where we’ll show you these beautiful and colorful slabs in person.


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