The Advantages of Quartz Worktops

Quartz worktops - modern, durable and easy to maintain

The kitchen worktop of choice for homeowners

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

Quartz worktops are non-porous, hard wearing, resistant to heat and scratching, and do not require sealing. This makes them a very low maintenance surface. Together with their aesthetic advantages, the durability of quartz has lead to these surfaces becoming the kitchen worktop of choice for an increasing amount of homeowners.

what is quartz?

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

Thanks to its non-porous properties, quartz does not absorb liquids that are common in kitchens and bathrooms. Problematic liquids include water, oils, wine, juices and soap, meaning quartz is a more hygienic alternative to natural stone surfaces.

Quartz worktops are also easy to keep clean and looking as good as new, as they simply require 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 many of the drawbacks.

For more information, check out our informative infographic on quartz worktops here.

how durable are quartz worktops?

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

This durability is reflected in the warranty period of 25 years, as is the case for CRL kitchen worktops.

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 worktops come with limitations: they are only available in the colours that nature has to offer. This means that the range of colours and variations are much less than are offered by quartz worktops, significantly reducing options when it comes to kitchen design.

While granite is a solid surface also, it requires a higher level of maintenance than engineered stone, including the need for a sealant to be applied annually.

quartz vs. granite key feature comparison
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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 also a softer material than quartz, making kitchen worktops more vulnerable to scratches and stains. As with other natural stones, marble will need a sealant applied each year as protection.

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 a quartz worktop. This can be a real problem when viewing a marble surface in a kitchen showroom at another kitchen worktop supplier. It can often be the case that the worktop fitted in your home is significantly different to one that has been viewed as an example.

quartz vs. marble key feature comparison
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why should you opt for a quartz worktop?

Quartz worktops boast many advantages which are ideal for virtually any kitchen and bathroom design or function. They are available in a wide range of finishes and textures, from plain white, through to marble or concrete effects. This means this type of kitchen worktop offers you more choices than other natural stone surfaces.

Being a man-made kitchen worktop guarantees much more 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 cannot permeate into a quartz worktop in the way that can happen with natural stone worktops.

read our quartz worktops FAQ

Most popular questions:

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

Their non-porous properties mean that they are very hygienic. This is because 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 worktops are more resistant to wear and tear than natural stone surfaces, such as granite and marble. As it is a man-made product, it combines extremely hard quartz minerals (second only to diamond). High quality resins, polymers and pigments are added to give the surfaces their 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. These weaknesses include a lower resistance to stains, scratches, heat and impact. Whilst quartz worktops never need to be sealed to keep their properties, granite and marble worktops 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 worktop for your needs. As quartz worktops are man-made, they are available in a wide range of colours. Without the limitations of natural stone also, all slabs of a specific colour can show a similar pattern. This provides you with a consistency throughout your worktop 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” worktop. This 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 worktops come with a 25-year warranty for added peace of mind. Don’t forget to click here to register your worktop and activate your warranty as soon as possible once it has been installed.

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

However, do not allow dirt and residue such as stubborn food or gum stains to harden and remain on your kitchen worktop 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 quartz worktop you would like to see and your postcode and we will advise the nearest showroom to visit.