Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To


Photo by Cory Holland and designed by Sandra Gjesdahl and Scott Gjesdahl

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Granite no longer reigns. The most popular countertop material remodelers say they’re using is quartz, then followed by granite.

In 2015, 89 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used quartz in their kitchen remodeling projects. Meanwhile, the popularity of granite has been declining over the last four years.

Quartz’ durability is winning over more fans; it’s known as being more resistant to heat and scratches. Plus, the resemblance to marble and its abundant color variations is also making it a more appealing option, says Mandie Maguire, an interior designer and broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Park Ridge, Ill.

Barbara Nazzaro, owner of A Simply Staged Home in the Boston area, also notes a trend toward more home owners opting for simple “waves” in the quartz countertop design finishes, moving away from the small fleck designs that have dominated.

Kitchen Update with Gray Quartz Countertops and Tile Backsplash ~ Strongsville
Intermezzo LG Viatera Quartz Colors

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Granite is ubiquitous and fully synonymous with a kitchen update or remodel. It’s time to let it go. Thank you for writing granite is no longer “king of the mountain” for natural stone counter-tops. There are so many other choices that are beautiful and durable!

  2. I was about to buy granite but your post helped choose quartz. Thanks for helping. It’s great when we find real help online. The whole blog is extremely valuable.

  3. Great info! There are some beautiful counter top options out there, especially Quartz.

  4. Quartz is by far the top choice for homes over quartz. Not having to seal it and maintain it like quartz is a major advantage and it comes in many terrific and dazzling colors