Advantages of quartz countertops include durability, resistance to stains and a wide selection of colors and designs not available in natural stone countertops. Disadvantages include a higher price tag than other manufactured countertop products and a less natural look than stone such as granite or marble.
Quartz countertops use pieces of natural quartz embedded in a resin material to hold the stone together. The manufacturing process allows for colors and patterns that may not occur naturally in stone such as granite. The resulting design has more depth than other manufactured countertop materials. Homeowners who want lots of options or a custom look appreciate the range of styles available. Those who prefer a traditional, natural pattern may prefer a natural stone countertop.
Just like concrete and granite, quartz holds up well to regular use. Quartz may be less likely to chip or crack. Because quartz is non-porous, liquid spilled on a quartz countertop doesn't soak in or stain. The non-porous nature of quartz also keeps bacteria from settling in the countertop material.
The pricing for quartz is similar to granite for both the purchase and the installation. Homeowners willing to pay more for countertops must decide if they want the natural look of stone or the variety of looks and resistance to damage of provided by quartz.