Ever since the early 1920s, kitchen worktops have usually been covered in laminates. However, over the past two decades, natural stone materials such as soapstone, marble, granite and even concrete have become the surfaces of preference. After quite a time, a new contender in the form of engineered quartz came along.
Having the finest qualities of laminate and stone, along with its own exceptional features; quartz started appearing in the market at around late 1990s, and it vastly gained popularity in Europe. Nowadays, sales figures of quartz kitchen worktops have greatly escalated.
While some quartz worktops are made of pure quarried slabs, the engineered quartz is created through a meticulous manufacturing process that includes about 95 percent of natural quarried quartz and 5 percent polymer resins.
The end result of this process is an extremely sturdy, low-maintenance, natural stone-looking product that’s available in a wide array of gorgeous colours. For numerous home owners who prefer quartz kitchen worktops, it was the huge range of colour options that actually made them choose this wonderful material.
These worktops are almost indestructible – in fact, they are extremely hard-wearing hat most manufacturers offer amazing warranties that you don’t usually get with other natural stone surfaces.
This durability also means that quartz resists staining and corrosion from most household liquids, cleaning products, and cooking oils, which means there’s no need for them to be resealed every once in a while.
Lastly, unlike some other kitchen surfaces, it is non-porous, so quartz worktops are much more hygienic, for they can be kept 99.9% germ-free when maintained well.