When we were designing our kitchen, I was just so obsessed with marble. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It’s gorgeous and timeless and did I say gorgeous? But let’s face the facts…I like my wine, and I like to entertain. So as much as I tried to convince myself that I could guard my precious marble countertops with my life and save it from all the stains and etching just wasn’t happening. Let’s be real folks. Life happens, and that’s okay.
So off I went to find an alternative, and then I found quartz…..
(Ella by Cambria, Torquay by Cambria, Brittanica by Cambria)
Pretty right? We ended up choosing the Torquay design by Cambria Quartz
Most of my friends have been putting either marble or granite in their kitchens so I do get alot of questions on my quartz counter tops and whether or not I would recommend them. Here are the top 5 questions I get asked about my counter tops:
1. What exactly is Quartz?
Quartz counter tops are a mixture of natural stone quartz and small amounts of resin and pigment. The blend produces a very hard, granite like surface that is glossy and non-porous. Not into glossy? I just saw that Cambria came out with some super cool matte quartz styles that you can check out here .
2. What does it cost?
Like anything, you get what you pay for. The cost of different quartz brands I looked at seemed to vary from about $30.00 a square foot to $150.00 a square foot. Obviously the more expensive quartz was of higher quality. Compared to granite, I thought the cost was about the same.
3. So what’s more durable? Granite or Quartz?
Quartz is one of the hardest minerals in the world. After it’s engineered, it’s non porous which makes it very unlikely to stain and less likely to crack. Personally, I found my counter tops to be extremely durable, especially for a light stone. There has been so many times I’ve woken up after a night of having company over to realize that there was some wine that dropped on the counter, maybe some tomato sauce, random piece of chocolate cake… you get the deal. And not once have I ever had my counter tops stain, EVER!
4. Can you put hot pots on it?
Honestly, I’m sure you can. Would I do it? Probably not. As durable as a quartz counter top is, I don’t think that gives me (or anyone else) the right to beat the crap out of it. It’s not that hard to just take out a trivet and set my pots on there and I’d rather be safe than sorry.
5. How do you clean it?
Maintaining quartz is super low maintenance, unlike a material like marble. The manufacturers usually say to just wipe down the quartz with some warm soapy water. If I really want to get my counter tops looking super shiny, I clean them with the Thieves Household Cleaner (which is AMAZING) and can be found here.
So would I recommend quartz counter tops? Absolutely. I still do love marble to the moon and back but unfortunately I just don’t think were a good fit. Quartz comes in stunning and gorgeous colors, it holds up extremely well when it comes to food and liquids that may stain AND it’s super easy to maintain. So if you’re looking to have a beautiful kitchen counter top that you don’t have to pamper 24/7, go for it! I’m telling you, you will not regret it.