Quartz is undoubtedly one of the most in-demand stones for both interior and exterior design in the market nowadays. It’s versatility, durability and aesthetic appeal has made it one of the most preferred stones for homeowners and designers alike.
Unlike granite, which is used in its natural state, quartz is an engineered stone. It is made up of about 90 to 95 percent ground quartz with the rest being polyester resin as a binder and pigments for color. Because of this, the options for designs are endless and quartz can be used to fit any preference there is.
Today, quartz is commonly used for kitchen and bathroom countertops but recently, more and more homeowners are using quartz for fireplace surround. Can quartz be used around a fireplace?
The Perfect Stone for the Fireplace
Most people consider the fireplace as one of the most important areas of a home. Back then, the fireplace is the area of the home where the family would come together to keep warm and enjoy each other’s company. Times have changed since then but that doesn’t mean that the fireplace is any less important. Naturally, any homeowner would want the perfect stone to frame it.
Here are some reasons why you should choose quartz for your fireplace surround.
As stated above, quartz is an engineered stone, which means it comes in a wide array of styles and colors. A quartz fireplace surround is a great choice no matter what your personal style is.
Quartz adds a classic and elegant feel to any living space. It is one of the most beautiful and durable options for home design. This means that you will most likely have to pay more if you choose quartz compared to natural stone slabs such as granite. Prices for quartz countertops range from about $50 to $200 per square foot for the materials and you also have to pay for the professional installation.
The price of quartz varies depending on the brand and manufacturer but here are some of the average costs based on quality:
Low-quality – $50 to $65 per square foot
Mid-quality – $65 to $75 per square foot
High-quality – $75 to $150+ per square foot
The installation of the quartz stone slabs also contributes to its total price. Here are some of the typical factors into the cost of installing the quartz stone slabs.
Durability and Maintenance
Quartz can fit any lifestyle due to its durability and it is very easy to maintain. This is because quartz stone slabs are non-porous in nature, which means that they don’t absorb moisture. They are also resistant to scratches, scuffs, dents, stains, and burns. However, keep in mind that they are not completely damage-proof. Avoid exposing the quartz stone slabs to markers, dyes, and permanent inks because these substances are not removable.
Additionally, prevent exposing your quartz to chemicals and solvents to avoid damage. Paint remover, nail polish remover, bleach or cleansers that contain bleach are some of the substances that will damage the quartz surface permanently. Rinse the exposed surface and thoroughly with plenty of clean water if any of the substances listed above come into contact with quartz.
To guarantee that your quartz surface will give you a lifetime of quality, appropriate maintenance is needed. Manufacturers usually provide care and maintenance instructions. As long as you adhere to them, your quartz stone surfaces will last a long time. Cambria or Caesarstone fireplace hearth will perfectly complement any room.
However, if you are thinking about using quartz for your outdoor fireplace then you need to rethink this decision. Quartz is durable enough to withstand the elements but its color can face when exposed to UV light from the sun.
Other Stone Options
Quartz is just one of the many stone options for your fireplace surround. The following are the most common stones used to frame fireplaces nowadays:
Granite is a popular choice for homeowners no matter what application. Granite stone slabs are 100% natural and completely distinct from one another. Granite also offers an infinite number of colors and patterns to choose from with unique specs, veins, and swirls in each slab. Many compare their granite surfaces to a one-of-a-kind priceless piece of art. It is also a durable material and is resistant to stains, scratches, and heat just like quartz.
Another popular option for the fireplace surround is a marble. Marble adds a formal look to each space, which conveys a sense of timeless luxury. However, keep in mind that marble is a little bit more expensive than other stone choices so be sure to check with your stone provider experts about budget concerns before choosing.
Soapstone is a type of metamorphic rock prized for its soapy feel. Its high resistance to heat makes soapstone useful as a hearth material because of its softness, soapstone may crack over time. The appearance of soapstone can be altered by the type of finish allowing it to accentuate a variety of surroundings.
Slate is another popular option for fireplace surrounds and is typically available in shades of red, dark green, gray and black. It is prized for its uneven texture and is durable enough to last for several years. However, just like soapstone, it is soft. It should only be used with electric and gas fires because it may crack under the intensity of a wood-fueled fire.
Limestone is the cheapest stone for fireplaces. It won’t scratch, crack or dent under normal wear and tear, but it doesn’t heat evenly. There is also a limited number of color options namely gray, tan, white and cream.
If you are looking for quartz, granite and other stone countertops for kitchens and bathrooms in the Chicagoland area, give us a call at (888) 906 3317 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
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Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.