The Advantages of Quartz Kitchen Worktops

The worktop of choice for homeowners

modern, durable and easy to maintain

Constantly on show and often in use, it is important to choose the right worktop to perfectly suit your kitchen and lifestyle. Quartz has been increasing in popularity for the last decade, and there are no signs of this abating.

Quartz is non-porous, hard wearing, resistant to heat and scratching, and does not require sealing, making it a very low maintenance surface. Together with its aesthetics advantages, its durability allows it to become the worktop of choice for many homeowners.

what is quartz?

A quartz surface is a man-made stone, engineered typically using 93% natural quartz, along with various resins and polymers to create a wide range of finishes and a final work surface that is not only strong but also beautiful and sleek.

Thanks to its non-porous properties, it does not absorb liquids that are common in kitchens and bathrooms, such as water, oils, wine, juices and soap, making it a more hygienic alternative to natural stones.

It is also easy to keep it clean and looking as good as new as it simply requires a damp cloth and a mild detergent. This makes quartz the ideal alternative to natural stone, offering the look of marble or granite, if desired, but without any of the drawbacks.

how durable are quartz worktops?

Due to the way they are engineered, quartz worktops have a durability that is normally superior to that of natural stone. They are not only stain and scratch resistant but also resistant to heat and impact.

This durability is reflected in the warranty periods of 25 years, like in the case for CRL Quartz.

Quartz worktops are the ideal, hard wearing choice for beautiful, luxurious family kitchens and bathrooms, without the high maintenance level required by natural materials.

quartz vs. granite worktops

Natural stone surfaces such as granite have long been a popular choice when it comes to beautiful and traditional interior design.

However, granite come with limitations: it is available in the colours that nature has to offer only; it does require a higher level of maintenance and does require a sealant to be applied annually.

quartz vs. granite key feature comparison
CRL Quartz granite
Resistance to wear & tear
Scratch resistance
Stain resistance
Heat resistance
Impact resistance
Flexural strength
UV resistance
Pattern consistency
Easy to clean & care for
Hygiene
Excellent:
Very Good:
Good:
Low:
Very Low:

quartz vs. marble worktops

As with granite, marble is a popular natural stone and each slab is unique in its colour and marbling.

Marble is a softer material than quartz, making it more vulnerable to scratches and stains. As with other natural stones, marble will need a sealant applied each year to try to prevent this.

A marble worktop can offer a traditional elegance but, due to the uniqueness of the pattern on each slab, it doesn’t offer the same consistency of colour or appearance as quartz which may be considered a benefit to some, but a drawback to many others.

quartz vs. marble key feature comparison
CRL Quartz marble
Resistance to wear & tear
Scratch resistance
Stain resistance
Heat resistance
Impact resistance
Flexural strength
UV resistance
Pattern consistency
Easy to clean & care for
Hygiene
Excellent:
Very Good:
Good:
Low:
Very Low:

why should you opt for a quartz worktop?

Quartz worktops boast many advantages which are ideal for virtually any kitchen and bathroom designs and functions. They are available in a wide range of sophisticated finishes and textures, from plain white to marble or concrete effects, offering you more choices than natural stone surfaces.

Being a man-made product guarantees quality and consistency in colour and appearance, as opposed to natural products which can often differ in colour, veining and overall appearance.

Due to its unique resistance to moisture, bacteria and germs can’t permeate into the quartz in the way that can happen with natural worktops.

read our quartz worktops FAQ

Most popular questions:

Because of the hardness of natural quartz, engineered quartz surfaces are hard-wearing, stain, scratch and heat resistant.

Their non-porous properties mean that they are very hygienic as the build-up of bacteria or mould is prevented and food can be placed in direct contact with the surface which helps keep your family safe.

Quartz surfaces are more resistant to wear and tear than natural stones, such as granite and marble. As it is a man-made product, it combines extremely hard quartz minerals (second to diamond) with high quality resins, polymers and pigments to give it its renowned strength and resistance to stains, scratches, heat and impact.

On the other hand, granite and marble are natural materials taken straight from the ground which means that it means that they come with its natural weaknesses including a lower resistance to stains, scratches, heat and impact. Whilst quartz surfaces never need to be sealed to keep their properties, granite and marble require a higher level of maintenance to keep them performing to their best.

A new kitchen is a big investment, so it is natural that you want to make sure you choose the right surface for your needs. As quartz surfaces are man-made, they are available in a wide range of colours and all slabs of a specific colour can show the exact same pattern. This provides you with a consistency throughout your work surface that is not always possible with a natural stone.

As granite and marble are natural materials, each piece is different, making it a more “unique” worksurface which may be considered a benefit to some, but a drawback to others as you will not fully know what your kitchen really looks like until the worktop is fitted.

CRL Quartz surfaces come with a 25-year warranty for added peace of mind. Don’t forget to click here to register your surface and activate your warranty as soon as possible once it has been installed.

Thanks to their non-porous properties, CRL Quartz surfaces are highly resistant to stains.

However, do not allow dirt and residue such as stubborn food or gum stains to harden and remain on CRL Quartz surfaces for an extended period of time. If this should happen, scrape away gently using a small blade or putty remover before cleaning the surface with warm water and soap.

For stubborn or dried on spillages, use a non abrasive cleaning pad combined with a small amount of mild soap or specialised stone cleaner.

Recommended stain remover: Bar Keepers Friend Power Cream.

Hundreds of kitchen showrooms in the UK and Ireland have one or several CRL Quartz displays which are available for you to view. Contact us with the material you would like to see and your postcode and we will advise the nearest showroom to visit.