Quartz Worktops: The Advantages of Engineered Stone
Stylish, durable and easy to maintain, quartz has been increasing in popularity for the last decade, and appears now to have become the worktop of choice for many homeowners.
The Houzz UK 2018 Kitchen Trends Study found from their research that 28% of respondent homeowners would now choose quartz worktops when renovating their kitchens, with 18% choosing granite and a further 18% choosing laminate material.
Constantly on show and often in use, it is important to choose the right worktop to perfectly suit your kitchen and lifestyle. Natural stone surfaces, such as granite and marble, have long been a popular choice when it comes to beautiful and traditional interior design.
However, natural surfaces require a high level of maintenance and are not ideal for high traffic areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom which require surfaces that are hard-wearing, non-porous, resistant to scratch and heat, and also easy to clean.
Quartz is the ideal alternative to natural stone, offering the look of marble or granite, if desired, without the drawbacks.
What is quartz?
Quartz is a man-made stone, engineered typically using 97% quartz, along with various resins and polymers to create a wide range of style options and a final work surface that is sleek, sturdy and reliable.
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 impacts.
This durability is reflected in the warranty periods of up to 25 years that are often available for quartz surfaces.
How should you keep your quartz worktops clean?
It’s natural to expect spills in any busy kitchen and installing natural stone worktops that stain easily has long been one of the drawbacks to many kitchens. To avoid this, natural stones require to periodically be ‘sealed’ which is costly and cumbersome. This necessity does not occur with quartz as the worktop is bound together with stain resistant polymers which create a non-porous surface. This means that the surface is resistant to liquid damage from water, oils and other liquids that are common in kitchens and bathrooms.
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. This makes quartz worktops a more hygienic alternative to natural stones as it simply requires a damp cloth and a mild detergent to keep looking as good as new.
Why should you opt for quartz?
Quartz worktops boast a range of advantages which are ideal for a wide range of kitchen and bathroom designs and functions. They make a stylish addition and come in a wide range of colours and textures, offering you more choice to complement your style and room 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.
Quartz worktops are the ideal, low maintenance addition to busy, family kitchens and bathrooms. Having a stylish, luxurious kitchen without the high upkeep is easily achievable with quartz.