When it comes to choosing the right countertops for your kitchen or bathroom, nothing beats the versatility and elegance of quartz. This engineered stone is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Famously versatile and elegant, quartz offers a number of advantages for homeowners and home cooks. But how durable is it? Can your quartz counter take the heat?
The short answer is: probably not. Although resting a pan on the surface for a quick second may not cause visible damage, you run the risk of thermal shock to the stone. Thermal shock is a condition when a very hot object touches cold stone and triggers cracking. Over time, even a small crack may worsen.
Quartz counters can also scorch when a hot object is rested on the surface for a long period of time. The telltale sign here is a white ring. These unsightly scorch marks can be a lifelong reminder of one bad judgment call.
Fortunately, there are several easy and stylish solutions for quartz countertop owners. You can put the hot pan down on a protective pad made of wood, silicone, or other heat resistant materials. You may also find sleek steel cooling racks or low-profile trivets that elevate the pot above your quartz surface. Finally, you can make do with what’s already in the kitchen. Why not rest the pan on a cold burner of the stove or leave a pot to cool in the sink?