One of the great things about granite slab countertops is that they have the ability to resist heat. If you are looking at quartz countertops, you might wonder if this is also the case. While quartz countertops are able to take some heat, they can become damaged if you expose them to too much heat.
How Quartz Countertops Work
Quartz countertops are created by combining quartz with a special resin. While quartz is technically able to handle a high temperature, the same is not true for the resin. So, while you won't have to worry about scratching your quartz countertop, just like with a granite countertop, you will have to worry about burning it.
Heat-Resistant is Not Heat-Proof
While quartz countertops are somewhat heat-resistant, that doesn't mean that they are heat-proof. If you routinely place hot pans on your quartz countertop, you will eventually damage it. For this reason, you will want to use a trivet as a precaution if you want to place your pans on the counter. Trivets are able to protect counters from temperatures much higher than 150 degrees.
Always Take Precautions
Granite countertops are better able to resist heat than quartz. However, you should still consider taking precautions. Heat-resistance and scratch-resistance simply mean that it will take more to damage these countertops. However, it never hurts to use a trivet or a silicone pad.
Hot Steam is Not a Problem
Hot steam is not as much a problem for quartz and granite countertops. The steam does not change the color and will not warp the edges. You only have to worry about the very hot surface coming in contact with your countertop.
Granite Countertops are Easier to Repair
One of the advantages of granite is that it is easier to repair than quartz countertops. If there is a small amount of damage on your quartz counter, you will probably not want to replace the entire counter, so you may find yourself trying to cover up any damage done.
Many fill kits and repair kits can make your granite countertop look as good as new. You will simply need to apply a fast-setting epoxy on the damaged surface. It will dry in a minute and the area where you applied the epoxy will be resistant to UV rays. Therefore, you will not have to worry about sunny days causing this spot to fade, leaving that area discolored.