For homeowners and remodelers in search of the perfect countertop material for their kitchen or bathroom, two options often come to mind: quartz and natural stone. While both materials offer exquisite aesthetics and durability, they differ in many regards.
In this blog, we will journey through the land of countertops and explore the various benefits and drawbacks of quartz—especially when compared to natural stone countertops. Read on to find out how you can make an informed choice that suits your style, functionality, and budget. From quartz’s unique characteristics and maintenance requirements to its environmental impact and cost considerations, we’ll guide you through the process!
Qualities of Natural Stone
Natural stone countertops are comprised of three main components—Feldspar (50 percent or greater), quartz (25–40 percent), and Mica (3–10 percent). In each slab, these minerals occur in varying proportions, which means that every slab is unlike any other.
Depending on the color and grade of the natural stone, it may be more susceptible to staining. In general, it is best to seal the product regularly to help prevent any staining and preserve its luster and longevity.
Many slabs have striking veining features that work well with waterfall edges or up-splash designs, making them a great choice for modern homes or more contemporary design themes. With a more ornate edge profile, however, the same slab could create a classical, traditional look in the same space.
With natural stone, many of the design possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the designer. Its striking features can effortlessly elevate any interior space—exactly how and where is up to you!
How Quartz Differs from Natural Stone
Quartz countertops are immensely popular among homeowners for a number of reasons. Quartz countertops are engineered using a combination of natural quartz crystals and special binding resins and pigments. This manufacturing process generally allows for a wider range of color options and greater consistency in patterns and veining.
Perhaps the best thing about quartz is its exceptional durability. It is highly resistant to stains and scratches, making it an ideal choice for busy kitchens or bathrooms. Quartz is also nonporous, meaning it does not require sealing and is resistant to bacteria and mold growth.
And unlike natural stone, where each slab is unique, quartz offers a more consistent appearance, allowing for easier color matching or achieving a more uniform aesthetic. In terms of design versatility, quartz is available in neutral tones and vibrant hues, catering to a wide variety of design preferences.
Ultimately, quartz countertops provide a durable, low-maintenance option for those seeking a versatile countertop material.
Determining Which Stone Is Right for You
When choosing between quartz and natural stone for your countertops, both options offer distinct advantages and considerations. To explore these choices and a wide range of other countertop materials, contact us today.
Whether you desire the elegance of natural stone or the practicality of quartz, K.G. Stevens has an extensive selection to suit your style and preferences. Make an informed decision and transform your kitchen or bathroom into a stunning space with your dream countertops from K.G. Stevens!