Although you know that we love granite countertops here at Spencer Granite, they aren’t the only option for natural stone countertops. Quartz countertops are an alternative that many homeowners consider. Granite is widely considered to be the best material for countertops, but quartz is often a more affordable option, and it also has many characteristics that make it a desirable choice for countertops for your kitchen or bathroom.

Here are five benefits of choosing quartz countertops.


Quartz is a naturally-occurring mineral, but quartz countertops are man-made. They are about 90% quartz and 10% binding polymers and colored pigments. Quartz is a very hard substance, scoring a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. It’s practically impossible to scratch or crack, and a quartz countertop can last as long as your house if you maintain it.


Speaking of maintenance, another benefit of getting quartz countertops is that they are very low-maintenance. Unlike granite, they don’t require a sealant or coating. They are difficult to stain, and all you have to do to clean them is wipe them down with soap and water.


The reason quartz countertops are so easy to clean is that they are non-porous. Unlike granite, quartz will not absorb liquids that spill onto its surface. The fact that quartz is non-porous is also why it doesn’t need to be sealed.

Uniform Look

The natural patterns and imperfections of granite are why some homeowners like it, but others prefer a uniform look. As a manufactured material, quartz can be made to look almost completely uniform. You also don’t have to worry about fissures or cracks that can develop or grow over time.

Wide Range of Colors

One of the things that appeal to people about granite countertops is their natural colors. But sometimes the natural color options just aren’t what you’re looking for.  Manufacturers can make quartz slabs in virtually any color. This wide range of color options appeals to many people as they can match their countertops to their kitchen’s color scheme.

Are quartz countertops right for your kitchen? Contact Spencer Granite to learn more about quartz, granite, and other natural stone options.