Natural stone countertops are highly desirable and often imitated. There are a number of composite countertop materials that are made with prints that copy the most popular natural stones, from quartz to marble. These products are usually cheaper than actual natural stones, but they definitely don't have the class and style. This article compares natural quarts countertops to composite ones.
Quartz is one of the best natural stones, particularly when it comes to counters in the bathrooms and kitchens. First of all, the style is unique and unmatched. The best part about quartz is that it is a stone that is extracted directly from the earth, cut to size, polished, and then installed on your countertop. This means that every stone countertop basically looks unique. The markings and pattern will never be the same on two pieces, even if they come from the same quarry. This is what makes owning a natural stone countertop so fun. It is worth mentioning that natural quartz is a very durable and hard stone, but it still needs to be sealed and maintained.
Even though you can't see them, there are tiny pores in the quartz. Water can soak into these pores, which can cause mold to form. They can also harbor bacteria which is always see a big issue when it comes to countertops in kitchens where raw food is being prepared. The actual process of resealing quartz is not exactly difficult but it can be expensive.
Sometimes quartz countertops are made from crushed stone that is set into a resin, which is a nice halfway point between all natural and composite options.
Some people are unwilling to do any maintenance, so they choose to install a composite product. You might also be attracted to the lower price tag of composite products. Composite stones are definitely better for people who don't care much about the unique style of quartz, and are okay with a printed, synthetic finish. The composite stone will be far more waterproof and easier to take care of. For instance, composite stones don't need to be resealed because they are waterproof. Of course, they still need to be cleaned meticulously, especially in a kitchen. But, this can be done with pretty much any disinfectant cleaning liquid. When it comes to choosing between a composite product and a natural stone like quartz, it really comes down to the homeowners ability and desire to maintain the natural product and their budget.