White, black, green, blue, red, even sparkly! When it comes to picking out a new kitchen worktop, one thing you won’t be short on is choice.
But how do you know you’re making the right one?
Here at The Marble Store, we understand more than most the importance of finding the right worktop. It’s key to your kitchen’s overall design and getting it right can make or break the look you’re trying to achieve.
We also know that, when it comes to making the right decision, it isn’t just about colour. What your surface is made of is a big part of the selection process too.
So, before you start picking out shades, the first step is to decide on the right type of surface for your kitchen – one that will suit your kitchen habits and lifestyle.
Natural stones like granite and marble have been around for years but what about their more modern counterpart – quartz? Quartz has recently boomed in popularity and for good reason. Combining the best of both world – natural stone with man’s ingenuity – it’s an excellent choice. But is it right for you?
To help you decide, in this month’s blog we’re getting up close and personal with quartz. Read on to discover more…
What is a quartz worktop?
There’s a degree of confusion surrounding quartz worktops. Often placed on a par with granite and marble, it begs the question is quartz also a natural stone worktop?
The straightforward answer is no. But there’s nothing simple about quartz.
Quartz itself is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust – and also one of the hardest. But left in its natural state, it’s unsuitable as a worktop.
Thankfully, clever boffins recognised the potential of using quartz as a surface and discovered that by combining crushed quartz with polymer resins, and small amounts of glass or metallic flecks, beautiful yet hardwearing worktops could be produced.
What are the benefits of a quartz worktop?
– Hard-wearing and durable
Worried you’re a little heavy-handed in the kitchen or got a young family? Then quartz is ideal. Extremely hardy to chips, dents, scratches and all forms of surface damage, it’s the obvious choice for a busy household.
Thanks to its extremely low porosity, quartz has an excellent barrier against bacteria and is highly resistant to stains.
– Easy maintenance
No scrubbing, special cleaners or buffing up the shine with microfibre cloths -quartz looks good with minimal maintenance. Spills are easily wiped away and all that’s needed is simple soap and water to keep it looking at its best.
– No need for sealing
Natural stones such as granite are porous – meaning they quickly absorb liquids and moisture if spills aren’t wiped away quickly. To help prevent against staining, these natural worktops have to be sealed but not just once –they need to be resealed on a regular basis to stay protected. No such requirement with quartz, making it an even more low maintenance option.
Why choose a quartz worktop?
Erm, did you read the list of benefits!? Even a quick glance showcases why quartz makes a great choice and is a key contender in the world of kitchen worktops.
But even more crucially – it looks great. And the design options aren’t limited by mother nature either! As an engineered product, any colour can be added – alongside a multitude of flecks, dazzling sparkle and glass – meaning that the possibilities are endless. It can also be easily manufactured for unique shapes and sizing and is great for circles and curves.
Buy your quartz worktop today
Heard enough? Decided quartz is going to be the perfect fit for your kitchen? Then why not check out the beautiful range we have available here at The Marble Store.
With endless choice and designs from leading manufacturers such as Silestone and Caesarstone, you might have picked the material of your worktop but you’re still going to be spoilt for choice (sorry!).
Need a hand? If you’d like more expert help and advice choosing your worktop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The team are available on 0800 470 3180, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.