Possible Problems with Quartz Countertops
Let’s touch on a few potential quartz common problems. But they shouldn’t stop you from choosing quartz. Instead, we hope they’ll help you know what to ask and how to plan when selecting & installing quartz.
1. Extreme Heat Can be Damaging
While quartz is heat resistant, it can be damaged by sudden changes in temperature. So, if you’re placing hot pans on your countertops, use a trivet or hot pad to protect them.
2. Staining Can be an Issue
Quartz is non-porous and resists most stains, but it’s not impervious. If a spill isn’t cleaned up quickly, it can cause staining. Certain foods and drinks can also cause staining, so it’s important to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen.
While quartz is stain resistant, it’s not impervious to chemicals. Harsh chemicals can damage the finish of your countertops. When cleaning your countertops, use a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh cleaners or any cleaner that contains bleach.
Because quartz countertop material is non-porous, no sealing is required.
3. Quartz is Not Scratch Proof
While quartz is harder than granite, it can still be scratched. To avoid scratches, use cutting boards and avoid placing anything too heavy on your countertops.
4 . Sun U/V Rays Can Also be Damaging
While quartz is resistant to heat, it can be damaged by exposure to direct sunlight or UV rays. Over time, this exposure can cause the color of your countertops to fade. If you have quartz countertops in an area that gets a lot of sun, you may want to consider using window treatments to help protect them.
5. Seams Can be Visible
Because quartz is a man-made material, it typically comes in large slabs. These slabs are then cut to size and installed on your countertops. The seams where the quartz pieces come together can be visible, especially if the countertop is in an area where there’s a lot of light.
Poor edge seams are one of the most frequent quartz countertop flaws. Your countertop will have a lot of edge seams. A good edge seam, whether laminated or mitered, adds to the beauty of the counter. If the edge seam is very noticeable, it can be distracting.
6. Visible Caulk Lines
In some cases, caulking is used to fill the gaps between the quartz pieces. This can result in visible caulk lines, which some people may find unappealing. Caulk lines should be inconspicuous; however, it is dependent on the color of the caulk and the material along with the expertise of the installer.
Quartz countertops are a beautiful and durable option for your home. But like any material, there are some potential problems that you should be aware of. Extreme heat can damage quartz, so use hot pads or trivets when placing hot pans on your countertop. Staining can also be an issue, so wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Quartz is also not scratch proof, so use cutting boards and avoid placing anything too heavy on your countertop. Sunlight or UV rays can also damage quartz over time, so you may want to use window treatments to help protect your countertops. Finally, seams can be visible with quartz countertops, so keep this in mind when choosing your countertop material.