Quartz versus Stone – What are the differences?
Quartz – Temperamental Beauty
While they have a similar aesthetic, they do have their specific advantages and disadvantages. We’ll go over some of those. Quartz is an ideal option if you are looking for less upkeep, versus natural stone which needs to be sealed. Family and life wear is no problem for quartz. Being an engineered stone it does not require sealing. However, it is not quite as heat resistant as natural stone. There are multiple conflicting reports when it comes to the matter of just how high temperature quartz countertops are capable of withstanding. While lower end estimates seem to be about 150 degrees Fahrenheit, more moderate estimates are around 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Natural Stone – Enduring Elegance
All natural stone, such as granite, quartzite, marble, etc., are porous to some extent. They are filled with tiny holes that liquids seep into causing darkening and/or discoloration. Natural stone is sealed so it fills any pores in the stone, making it difficult for liquids to be absorbed. Additionally, natural stone is much more resistant to heat if not fully resistant. Don’t worry about placing a hot pot directly on your natural stone countertop, depending on the particular stone.
What do you think would work best for your lifestyle?