Quartz has the feel of natural stone but this piece of engineered material that brings together some beautiful natural stone and other elements requires a bit more investigation.
From trendy coffee shops to banks, high end restaurants and spas, quartz worktops have been widely utilised in all sorts of arenas, and it’s no surprise why. They look and feel elegant, they have beautiful colouring, and due to it being the most durable worktop solution that can be purchased on the market place we see a lot of demand for this material as a suitable option for your worktop.
What’s the difference with granite?
Granite worktops are a natural stone and therefore you can get variations from the original sample to your end product; particularly when it comes to colour and hardness.
Quartz worktops are made from natural materials (silicon dioxide), the most common mineral on the earth’s surface and then during the manufacturing process it is blended with pigments and resins therefore the colour and the hardness is not a variable of natural material, moreover it is controlled to ensure that colour and density remains the same throughout.
The other consideration with this worktop material over a granite one is this; price. Yes, granite is a natural stone, however, due to manufacturing costs, this makes the quartz worktop a more expensive solution.
How do you install quartz worktops?
Quartz worktops are like other surfaces in their most basic format; during your kitchen design stage the measurements are taken for your quartz worktop and then, once you place your order, Stefano and his team plan the next stage which is the templating stage.
Templating for quartz worktops is a delicate and skillful process. Our quartz partners first come to your house when the base units are installed, at this point they will take measurements and understand from the design process what it is you are looking for in terms of finish and any other details that are required to install your solid surface worktops.
Once the template is created, it takes between 5-7 working days to manufacture your granite worktop surface. At this point, the temporary worktop is taken away and your granite installation begins.
As with all kitchens no matter the worktop dimensions, you are receiving a unique size, style and fitting but with granite, this requires a lot more detail and execution to make sure it fits right. We work with professional, fully accredited manufacturers and fitters throughout the whole process to ensure that the final look and feel of your kitchen is exceptional.
What other considerations do I need for quartz worktops?
Because quartz is a man made product, even with 93% inorganic stone material, you can match a lot of different colours to your end product finish.
Corian has been used in kitchens and bathrooms for the last 30 years and have developed into one of the most recognisable brands in the world
Laminate worktops have been in the eye of many kitchen and property developers for over 50 years
With a history of quartz worktops going back as far as 50 years, it’s no wonder that we have this wonderful material in store
To request a free quote, please complete your details below. Alternatively call us on 01244 335 994