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All About White Quartz Countertops

When we purchased our Florida home I knew right away that I wanted to add white quartz countertops to the kitchen. Whether you are doing cosmetic kitchen updates or an entire kitchen renovation, selecting countertops can be an overwhelming and expensive endeavor. In this post, I’m sharing the mistakes we made when selecting quartz countertops and how to avoid them, along with everything else you need to know about purchasing and caring for them.

gray and white kitchen with white quartz countertops

Everything you need to know about White Quartz Countertops

What are quartz countertops, anyway?

While quartz countertops are made from naturally occurring stone, they are actually man-made engineered stone countertops formed by combining ground quartz with resins and polymers to hold it together and pigments to create the coloring. The combination forms a hard stone surface that is durable and low-maintenance. This quality material makes for countertops that will last for many years. Quartz countertops come in many colors and can even mimic granite or marble.

Where to purchase white quartz countertops

You can purchase quartz countertops from kitchen showrooms, quartz fabricators, and big box stores. The big box stores typically have less variety. When purchasing from a showroom or a fabricator you’ll be able to select the exact slab of quartz you’ll be installing in your home. That is a major perk over the generic picks you’ll be able to get from the big box stores.

white quartz countertops with a coffee maker and blue mug

How much does quartz countertops cost?

The cost of quartz varies widely from around $50 per square foot to $150 per square foot at the high end. We paid just over $3000 for the Viatera Celeste quartz countertops (plus installation) in our small galley-style kitchen. This cost would be on the low end. We purchased it from The Home Depot (more on that later).

My Selection of Viatera Celeste white quartz countertops and why I wouldn’t buy them again

As I mentioned we purchased our quartz countertops from a big box store and I think overall that was a mistake for us. We made that choice more out of convenience and naivete more than anything. We had gone to several fabricators but felt very in over our heads as first-time home renovators. We didn’t know how to go about purchasing and then finding installers. It felt much more manageable to go into a hardware store, pick from a dozen choices and have them make the installation arrangements. Now that I feel like a more seasoned home renovator, I feel more confident and as though we could easily figure out how to buy countertops and get them installed.

Don’t feel too overwhelmed to get what you want. I settled for countertops that were just okay instead of ones I really loved because I was too intimidated to ask for what I wanted. At the end of the day, the fabricators want to make money. They want your business – so ask the silly questions, even if you are uncomfortable.

To be fair, the white quartz countertops I did end up getting aren’t bad. They just weren’t my first choice. I would have preferred something that had some veining. The white quartz countertops I got have beautiful specks of recycled glass in them that almost sparkle and I do like that.

What are the downsides to white quartz countertops?

There aren’t many downsides to quartz countertops. Depending on your budget, one downside can be the cost. I mentioned already that the cost varies but even the least expensive option is much higher than budget friendly materials such as wood or laminate. That being said, for the high end look and durability, white quartz countertops are really a good option. Another downside that is worth mentioning is that he can’t take high heat. You must always use a trivet. Most manufacturers say that quartz can take up to 400 degree heat but a sudden change in temperature can cause the material to crack.

quartz countertops and herringbone backsplash

What are the perks of white quartz countertops?

There is a huge variation to include granite or marble looking slabs that have beautiful veining. There’s also white quartz countertops with sparkly flecks of recycled glass.

Quartz is stain resistant (not stain proof) which makes it superior to granite in my opinion. In the three years that we lived in our old house I never worried about staining our white quartz countertops. Quartz is non-pourous so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up messes immediately. Even when my countertops appeared stained, I was always able to get the stain up with glass cleaner and a bit of elbow grease. With little kids, rings of red juice would sometimes sit for several hours and the countertops always cleaned up nicely.

How to clean white quartz countertops?

Thinking about how hard or easy it is to keep surfaces clean is a good idea when getting new countertops. I like low-maintenance so quartz countertops are great for me. To clean white quartz countertops use gentle cleaners that do not contain bleach. Bleach can dull the surface. I use soft sponges or rags with mild soap. If you do find a surface stain on your white quartz countertops you can use glass cleaner to get those up.

close up of the specks in the white quartz countertops

Would I choose white quartz countertops again?

Absolutely, yes! I would select quartz countertops again and again. They are a really great material to have in your home. I would just be sure to get exactly what I wanted instead of settling because I felt too intimidated to ask for what I wanted in a showroom!

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2 Comments

  1. I have worked as a manager for a fabricator In Orlando area for over 12 years and most of what you have said is dead on. I would definitely be careful using glass cleaner on your quartz, it can take off the clear coat on quartz and you can end up with dull spots. Soft scrub without bleach and bar keepers friend are great cleaners for quartz as is the magic eraser. Granite can be a great option also but always get a micro sealer put on at installation. We want you to ask questions, if you go somewhere and they don’t welcome questions walk away quickly! In my opinion an educated customer is the best customer! 😊

  2. We took equity loan to spruce up our well loved 1965 ranch.
    The hubs has been touting quartz so thanx for the info.
    My LR flows into kitchen that then flows into my HUGE laundry room (with # full size washer dryer, upright freezer (mistake …. always buy a small chest type esp if your child gifts you with her top of the line fridge with CHEST freezer drawer lol)
    Anyways I think I found a kindred spirit in you!

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