There are so many options to upgrade your kitchen countertops. Each one comes with its pros and cons, but stone countertops like natural quartz may offer more benefits than cheaper alternatives. Here are some of the top reasons to choose stone over manufactured options.
Most stone options require minimal if any maintenance to maintain their durability, stain-resistance and shine. Granite does require some maintenance often annually unless the seal warranty lasts longer. Most consider quarts to be free of maintenance. Some stone options may require gentle daily care to extend their life.
Natural stone often costs more upfront than manufactured countertops like Formica and Corian. These manufactured options may cost less to purchase, but they are not as durable so do not last as long. Natural stone options do not need regular replacement. In fact, natural stone can hold up for the life of the home.
The kitchen is full of dangers to your countertops. Water can easily warp or separate manufactured countertops, but natural stone can withstand a variety of fluids spilled on the surface. Dropped items rarely cause a problem for stone countertops, but manufactured countertops may crack or chip beneath the weight or force of the object.
Manufactured countertops can warp and burn when near hot flames or objects. Natural stone has a higher heat resistance than manufactured products. Most granite seals last a decade while quartz requires no sealing to keep stains away. Formica and Corian can stain easily without a remedy other than replacement. The top layer replacement must happen with the worktop entirely costing you a full replacement countertop.
Some companies allow you to select the slab of stone you choose for your kitchen. Go with a reputable company that can accurately measure, cut and install your natural quartz. If you plan to do more than one room with the material, choose a company equipped to handle multiple projects at once.