So, you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom. You’ve gathered inspiration, paint swatches, and tile samples. It can feel overwhelming making so many decisions and you’re probably wondering if it will all come together. Our whole mission here at Whitewater is to provide you with an incredible experience creating a space you absolutely love, and countertops are a crucial step of the process!
The #1 countertop we recommend is quartz. We offer dozens of styles to elevate your space, match your personality, and keep you in budget! Want to see the quartz in person? Come visit us in our Salt Lake City and Lindon showrooms. You can also fill out this contact form for a free quote. We’re excited to help you pick the perfect quartz for your space!
We have expertly curated gorgeous and dynamic quartz for you to choose from. The following are our series:
- Series 1: Frost, White Sand, and Dusk
- Series 2: Aspen Carrara, Nouvo Carrara, Haida, and Highbury
- Series 3: Albany, Victoria, Winchester, and Whitehaven
A great starting place is Series 3–it has some of our most popular quartz with beautiful veins of color and contrast.
If you’ve been debating quartz countertops, we can help you make your decision! This year we are having a quartz countertop sale through June 30, 2022. Our prices are already hundreds of dollars less than our competitors–and now we’re lowering them even more. We want gorgeous, durable, strong, and long lasting quartz countertops to be available to everyone.
Here are our prices for our 2022 Quartz Countertop Sale:
- Series 1: $47/sq ft
- Series 2: $53/ sq ft
- Series 3: $61 sq/ft
Pros of Quartz
Quartz is the best material for kitchen and bathroom countertops for many reasons. Here are just a few of the most important:
- Quartz is the most stunning countertop–so it has to be high maintenance, right? Wrong. Quartz is actually the lowest maintenance. Granite, marble, and other surfaces require regular maintenance, upkeep, and resurfacing. Every time you have to get your granite and marble countertop resealed (it’s an annual recommendation!), it will cost you hundreds of dollars and require you to stay out of your kitchen while the sealant cures. Quartz never has to be sealed.
- Quartz countertops are non-absorbent and non-porous. Bacteria thrive in porous countertops. Quartz is antimicrobial making it one of the safest countertops and materials. It’s mildew and mold resistant, keeping your home and family safe. It also means common countertop odors are eliminated. With kitchens and bathrooms being the two places in the home where germs build up most, quartz can give you some peace of mind.
- Quartz is scratch, chip, and heat resistant!
How is Quartz Made?
Quartz is a partially man made material. Quartz is not porous, so no sealant is needed. Bacteria multiplies quickly on porous surfaces, and not many people are aware of the extra hazard brought into their home by choosing a porous surface material like solid granite or marble. Quartz naturally resists the growth of microorganisms, and is a 99.9% sanitary surface and requires no extra treatments!
Since quartz is partially man made (sometimes called “engineered stone”), there is a greater abundance of it. This means it’s the most environmentally friendly surface–it requires less fuel to manufacture and transport! It is also the most durable countertop material, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it anytime soon.
The following are the steps we take in making our top quality quartz:
1. Our quartz countertops are 90% natural mineral quartz, with some components of stone, glass, ceramic, and mirrors added depending on the design. To this, we add natural resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz gives you complete creative control as you are able to control the texture, color, and veins.
2. The quartz-resin compound is then put into a mold to turn it into a slab which can be used for countertops. This is the crucial step in which we ensure the slabs are airtight, making it non-porous and antimicrobial.
3. The quartz slabs are then dried and heated. This ensures the slab is smooth–another reason quartz countertops are so ideal for your home. Since quartz countertops are partially man made, extra care, effort, and attention is put into them. They are created in a more controlled environment to ensure durability and long lastingness.
4. The final step of this process is polishing. Quartz countertops are both machine and hand polished, resulting in a high quality finish.
Quartz vs. Granite
When choosing a new countertop for your kitchen and bathrooms, the first tough decision you’ll face is deciding between quartz and granite. We’ve made a list of the pros and cons of both to help you make the best pick for your space!
Maintenance: Quartz is the lower maintenance of the two. Granite is porous and requires annual sealing and upkeep. It can also lose its shine and require polishing upkeep as well.
Heat: Both granite and quartz are heat resistant. Granite does beat out quartz in this category, because it won’t blister, melt, or change color when exposed to high heat. Quartz can discolor when exposed to high temperatures, and has even been known to occasionally change color from crock pots and instant pots if a countertop protection is not used. On both surfaces, the use of a trivet or pot holder is always recommended.
Durability: Quartz is a more durable and strong material than granite. Both make a reliably hard countertop, and both are stain, scratch, and heat resistant. It’s always recommended to use a cutting board instead of cutting directly on the surface of your countertop, regardless of the material!
Cost: The price of quartz and granite depend on quite a few different factors. The colors, size, patterns, treatments, quarry, manufacturing process, thickness, your space, and seller all impact the cost. Typically, quartz will be a better deal than granite–especially at Whitewater. We specialize in quartz and have styles for every home and budget.
Ultimately, both quartz and granite are excellent choices for countertops. We lean more toward quartz because of the durability, cost, and appearance. The quartz we offer is gorgeous, bright, and rich, and completely transforms your home. We’ve spent 40 years learning everything there is to know, sourcing and making only the highest quality quartz, and listening to your feedback about the quality and styles we offer.
How to Clean Quartz Countertops
So, you’ve just had your gorgeous quartz countertops installed, and now you need to know how to keep them in pristine condition. We’ve put together our best quartz cleaning tips and tricks.
Wipe down your counters regularly: We recommend wiping your countertops daily on an as needed basis. The best tools for an everyday wipe down are the everyday tools you already have! Use a soft rag and soak it in some warm water and dish soap.
Clean up spills immediately: Quartz countertops are stain resistant, but it’s important that all spills are cleaned up immediately and not left to dry, increasing the chance of staining. Be careful of spills on your quartz as well–liquids like nail polish remover dissolve the bond of the quartz and resin.
Use gentle cleansers: Harsh cleansers (like those containing bleach) can damage the surface of your quartz. If you need something stronger than warm water and dish soap, cleansers will often specify if it is safe for quartz surfaces or not. Be sure to avoid abrasive sponges and stick with soft cloths and rags instead.
Remove stuck items: Is there dried food, gum, or grime stuck to your countertop? Use a plastic scraper to get it off. Avoid using a razor blade or putty knife because they could permanently scratch the surface of the quartz.