Quartz Kitchen Countertops Overtake Granite in Annual Sales For The First Time

Quartz kitchen countertops have finally usurped rivals granite and marble as the number one choice for countertop material. And America’s top kitchen designers have helped stage the coup.

According to 2014 data from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), quartz kitchen countertop purchases are rapidly outpacing granite and marble, and that number is expected to rise as 2015 data is analyzed.

What countertop materials were must commonly requested by kitchen designers in 2014?

  • Quartz—88%
  • Granite—83%
  • Marble—43%
  • Solid surface—43%
  • Butcher block—35%
  • Other wood—29%
  • Other stone—26%
  • Recycled countertops—22%
  • Stainless steel—17%
  • Concrete—13%
  • Glass—11%
  • Tile—6%

How did it rise to power?

Quartz kitchen countertops offered designers an array of advantages over granite, beginning with its greener, less carbon-intensive creation from quarry tailings; encompassing its ability to stand up to stains and acidic foods without the need for an annual sealing, and cinching its position as the new industry leader with advancements in technology that propelled the stone from its previously fake and flecked façade to its present array of bold colors and stone-mimicking patterns.

Thought you were sold on marble or granite? Here’s more to consider:

Nearly indestructible, quartz kitchen countertops hold the low maintenance trump card, offering germaphobes nationwide the durable, nonporous surfacing they’ve been looking for. Uniform and color consistent from slab to slab, it is an ideal solution for those seeking a sleeker, seamless kitchen countertop design. With purchase and installation costs that toe the line between granite and marble, and styles and options from edge profiles to thickness that rival its competitors, it is a solid investment in your home’s future resale value.

Think you’re ready to jump on the quartz kitchen countertop bandwagon? Don’t just take our word for it, unveil the benefits of quartz kitchen countertops at your local Granite Imports showroom today.


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