We offer a variety of fantastic kitchen products at AWA Kitchen Cabinets, from our wide range of base cabinets, vanity cabinets and various other cabinet accessories to several additional products, including both granite and quartz countertops. Countertops and cabinets tend to go hand-in-hand when it comes to many kitchen remodels, and we’re here to help with some of the best stone countertop materials available today.
When it comes to quartz countertops, in particular, there are a number of unfortunate myths that have arisen over the years. Some of these exaggerate quartz’s qualities while others diminish the reality of all quartz’s benefits. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look into some of the top misconceptions out there on both sides of the quartz countertop ledger, plus how to get the proper information on any of these areas when considering quartz countertops.
There are myths on both sides of the quartz countertop pricing realm, depending on which circles you’re in and who you’re talking to. Some are under the impression that quartz is a cheap, low-cost surface like a laminate – this is simply not true, as quartz is actually much closer to granite and marble when it comes to both quality and pricing. It will generally run between $40 and $100 per square foot depending on several factors, plus is far more durable than something like laminate.
On the flip side, however, there are those who lump quartz in with high-cost materials like marble, and this isn’t accurate either. Marble can get as pricey as $150 per square foot or even higher, a range quartz never reaches – but many quartz countertops can mimic marble in ways the naked eye can’t even separate.
Quartz is Indestructible
Quartz is known for being highly durable, but it’s worth noting it is not indestructible. It may still break, crack or scratch based on heavy impact or pressure, though it will stand up to such risks better than marble or granite counterparts.
On the flip side, one major benefit of quartz is how well it resists high temperatures. You have to honestly try to burn a quartz countertop, though extremely high temperatures may lead to discoloration or cracks if you place sizzling pans directly on the surface. While we don’t recommend this action, you won’t have to be overly careful with quartz and temperature.
Same as Quartzite
Finally, despite having similar names, quartz and quartzite are not the same thing. The former is an engineered material that combines natural quartz with polymers and resins, while the latter refers to a mined, metamorphic rock that’s extremely hard – plus contains recrystallized quartz for some extra sparkle.
For more on common myths surrounding quartz countertops, or to learn about any of our countertops or kitchen cabinets, speak to the staff at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.