If you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, new countertops are likely at the top of your wish list. Although granite countertops are among the most desirable and popular options, the cost of granite can be prohibitive for some homeowners. Fortunately, you can get the look of granite for a fraction of the cost by going with quartz countertops. But while quartz countertops may be more affordable than granite, they aren’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. If you’re considering new kitchen countertops, this post should help you decide whether or not quartz countertops are right for your home.

Pros of Quartz Countertops

First and foremost, it’s important to understand what quartz is. An engineered material, quartz is a mixture of approximately 95 percent ground natural stone and 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super durable and low maintenance material that offers the look and feel of natural stone without any of the drawbacks of granite, marble, travertine, and other natural stone countertops. Not only are quartz countertops close to indestructible, but they do not require regular sealing or restoration like other natural stone countertops. And the manufacturing process means quartz countertops are available in a virtually limitless number of colors, including many color choices that were never before available in stone.

Cons of Quartz Countertops

For all the benefits of quartz countertops, there are a few drawbacks you should consider before making your choice. For example, engineered quartz is significantly heavier than other stone surfaces, which means there are likely to be some special installation considerations that could possibly increase the cost of your countertop installation beyond that of granite or other natural stones. Quartz is also not as resistant to heat as granite or crushed glass, which means extra caution will need to be taken with hot pots and pans in the kitchen.