Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

Now that our cabinetry is officially ordered, we’ve made final selections for all our countertops. And we’ve decided to go with all quartz countertops in our house.

Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

If you are unfamiliar with quartz, it’s a man-made material, unlike granite that is a natural stone. It’s what you’ll hear in the design world called ‘engineered stone.’ There are several different brands of quartz, the most common and most well known being Caesarstone, Cambria and Silestone.

We did a ton of research on all the different colors, patterns and design options among all the various materials and weighed factors like durability, maintenance and clean-ability.

Here are just a few of the reasons we decided to go with quartz.

Cambria Quartz

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1. Pattern/Design

I fell in love with the look of Carrera Marble. It was exactly the look I was going for in our kitchen and master bathroom especially. I love that it just has hints and swirls of gray/black without a ton of variation and pattern. But, marble isn’t the best choice for kitchens as it stains, scratches and etches more easily than other materials. But, from doing some research, I discovered that several of the quartz manufacturers had a color/design very similar to the look of Carrera Marble. So by going with quartz, I’m able to get the look of Carrera Marble without the negative factors that come along with it.

White Quartz Countertops

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 2. Durability

Quartz is extremely durable. It’s practically chip resistant and isn’t porous which means it isn’t susceptible to staining. Because it’s non-porous it also doesn’t harbor bacteria. The durability factor was one of the main reasons we went with quartz. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a klutz and have a tendency to break things. Mix in small children one day,  I could already envision total paranoia if a kid, or guest for that matter, set anything remotely acidic or heaven forbid spilt anything on my Carrera Marble. I want complete peace of mind and for my guests to feel totally comfortable that if something spilt or something was accidentally dropped, my brand new countertops wouldn’t be ruined.

Quartz in Bathroom

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3. Slab Size

Both man-made and natural stone materials come in slabs. Depending on how much square footage you will need you might just need part of a slab or a whole slab. If you are trying to cover a lot of surface area in one space, you may even need multiple slabs. When you use two different slabs you’ll run into the issue of seams, where 2 slabs meet. Our kitchen island is somewhat large, and if going with certain materials, we would need multiple slabs. But, several quartz manufacturers make jumbo slabs, which works perfectly for our island, thus eliminating a giant seam smack dab in the middle of our island.

Some quartz brands can run from $65-$80 a square foot. Compare this to your typical builder-grade level 1 granite that’s around $30-$40 a square foot. Because of the higher price, we weren’t sure we could make quartz work in our budget. That is, until we went down to the granite capitol of the world, Elberton, GA.

A company there called Granite Countertops Unlimited is giving us an amazing deal on quartz {we’re talking $54 a square foot} and we just couldn’t pass it up.

The quartz we picked for that price point is a quartz made by LG called Viatera. We’re going with their Cirrus pattern for our kitchen, master bathroom, powder room and upstairs jack and jill bathroom.

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For our guest bathroom and laundry room we’re going with Absolute Night.

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We’re super pumped that we’re able to get all quartz in our house and can’t wait to see them officially installed in a few months.

Do any of you have quartz countertops in your home? If so, how do you like them?

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  1. Anna says

    Great post! This was really helpful since we are looking in the same process right now. I hadn’t done all my research on quartz yet so thanks for helping me out. 🙂

    Anna

  2. June Becklin says

    We are remodeling our kitchen as well. I would love to hear from you quartz fans what you think of the product.

    Also, we have a fairly small kitchen and I’m putting in a pennisula that will stand alone…almost like an island but will be butted up against a wall. The finish will be Onyx with a rubbed heirloom look. Our new cabinets are cream almost canvas in color with a warm glaze. Any suggestions on the countertops…two different ones or the same?

    • says

      I think either could look beautiful! Our kitchen island will have a different cabinet color than the rest of the kitchen cabinets but we’ll be using just one countertop color for everything. If your peninsula color stands out, that might be the only contrast you need!

  3. Patty says

    I have had quartz countertops for about 3 years. I love them. They are very durable and look just as pretty today as they did 3 years ago. I love the consistence that they offer instead of vines going through the granite. They are alot more expensive than granite but they are worth it in the long run. I love the white marble that you picked.

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