Quartz is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials — and for a good reason. Quartz is a non-porous, low-maintenance material that is both stain and scratch-resistant. Are you wondering if quartz is a suitable material for your kitchen? Continue reading our guide below to learn about choosing quartz kitchen countertops.
WHAT IS QUARTZ?
Quartz countertops are a form of engineered stone composed of ground-up stone particles bound with resins. As a result, quartz comes in a wide range of colors that natural stones may not have. In addition, because it is engineered, quartz is a highly durable and hardy surface material. Another excellent factor about quartz is its antimicrobial material, which means it won’t hold germs, odors and even stains.
You may think this stone sounds too good to be true, but just as with any countertop, it has a downside. Quartz is highly susceptible to sunlight and can fade over time, but note you should not see any intense fading as long as it’s located inside. Likewise, if you are drawn to unique, one-of-a-kind countertops mined from the earth, quartz may not be the most suitable stone for you.
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER CHOOSING QUARTZ?
Once you have decided to go with quartz countertops, it’s essential to find the piece of stone that you want. At Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz, you can select your quartz countertops from West Virginia’s largest indoor gallery! You won’t have to worry about receiving small samples and choosing your favorite countertop without seeing it in person. We provide our customers with a large selection of stone slabs to choose from for their next project. Due to our extensive selection, we are confident that we have enough options for every customer that walks through our doors.
Additionally, our indoor showroom protects our slabs from UV rays, so there is no need to worry about your potential quartz countertop receiving too much sun exposure. When you come to visit us, you and your Bad Lizard consultant will be allowed to navigate our facility safely. Finally, viewing quartz slabs in person is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what you love. This way, you can grasp the color and pattern throughout the quartz, which is sometimes difficult to determine when viewing a small sample.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING QUARTZ KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
When choosing quartz kitchen countertops, you want to take into account:
- Usability: Quartz is non-porous, meaning you won’t need to seal your countertops. If you have smaller children, who may spill liquids or food on the countertops, that won’t be a problem!
- Durability: Quartz has similar durability as granite or even concrete. Additionally, while granite countertops may crack under certain conditions, you will have a more difficult time breaking your quartz countertops. Likewise, if you are someone who loves to cook or entertain and isn’t always the easiest on your countertops, quartz would be an excellent choice for you. Quartz countertops have remarkable benefits and can be great long-term investments.
- Aesthetic: Quartz can be a unique piece of stone, especially since it is man-made, which lends it to many different options. Due to the wide range of colors, we recommend that you pick a color that you’ll love for years to come when choosing this type of countertop.
Additionally, there are a few other things we think you may find helpful when selecting your quartz slab.
- Select your appliances, fixtures and cabinets first. Selecting your quartz countertop will be much easier when all other accents are chosen first. To learn more about pairing your cabinets and countertops, read our blog, The Do’s and Don’ts of Matching Countertops to Cabinets.
- Take all things into consideration, including texture, color and pattern.
- Choose your edging. At Bad Lizard, we offer various edging options to achieve your specific look and style, such as straight-edge, bullnose and bevel.
- Is this your forever home? Quartz can add value to your home, so if you are expecting to sell in the future, it may be worth selecting a high-scale quartz as it can help increase the value of your house when you go to sell.
- Hiding seams. If you’re looking to use quartz for long counters, you may need more than one piece. And although seams are common in kitchens with larger and longer countertops, some homeowners may be opposed to it. When it comes to quartz counters, the best way to hide seams is by color choice. Darker quartz countertops hide seams the best, whereas light and medium-toned quartz seams are harder to hide.
FIND YOUR QUARTZ KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS AT BAD LIZARD GRANITE & QUARTZ
When selecting your quartz kitchen countertop, make the decision simple and choose Bad Lizard Granite & Quartz. At Bad Lizard, our team takes pride in helping our customers find the countertop that best fits their wants, needs and ultimately, their budget.
If you are interested in looking at samples and need help finding the perfect quartz countertop for you, please call us at 304-472-6483, and we would be happy to give you a personal tour through our facility.
Also, keep an eye out for our Slab of the Week on our Facebook page. Each week, we share a beautiful, new slab that is sure to give you some countertop inspiration!