According to Caesarstone, furniture cleaners, floor strippers, paint removers, battery acid, and oil soaps can damage your quartz countertops. Quartz also can’t handle extreme heat, sudden changes in temperature, or sustained heat from leaving a pan on the counter.
According to Home Style Choices, the short answer is, it doesn’t. The process to make quartz surfacing and the materials and machinery that manufacturers use are the same across the board. What sets each quartz manufacturer apart is the quantity and selection of colors and patterns.
In comparison, granite can cost anywhere from $40 per square foot and can exceed $100 per square foot with exotic styles, according to Countertop Guides.
You should avoid using scouring pads or harsh chemicals because they can dull the surface or break down the bonds between the quartz and the resins. The resin binders make it so that stains, odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew can’t penetrate the surface.
If you’re set on quartz outdoors, Dekton is one exception. It’s produced with a blend of glass, porcelain, and quartz, so it’s highly resistant to ultra violet (UV) light and will not fade or degrade over time. In other words, it’s a good choice for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Quartz can range in colors and patterns. One advantage it has over granite is solid coloring. It can also have a mixture of whites with black elegant veins, an earthy brown color with darker veins, or even a dark chocolate brown color that is entwined with darker tones and hints of gold, according to Caesarstone.
If you’re buying quartz with resale in mind, stick with a neutral color palette that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Color is acceptable in small doses if it complements the rest of your kitchen. Consider your neighborhood and home value when it comes to cost.