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Frequently Asked Questions
HOW ARE QUARTZ WORKTOPS MADE?
Unlike natural stone, quartz contains man-made additives, stabilising the material and eliminating the unpredictability that can come with the former. Quartz kitchen worktops combine around 90% ground quartz with around 10% resins, polymers and pigments, forming an incredibly hard surface.
DOES QUARTZ SCRATCH EASIER THAN GRANITE?
A quartz worktop does not require the same level of maintenance demanded with stone counters and won’t need sealing or resealing. It is also highly scratch-resistant – making it the ideal choice for a range of applications. However, despite its durability, it is still more likely to scratch than its granite counterpart. If you are applying quartz worktops in a well-used part of the home, we would advise care and attention is paid to avoid any unnecessary damage taking place
ARE QUARTZ WORKTOPS CHEAPER THAN GRANITE?
Granite can be bought both on a budget and for a high-price project – but you certainly get what you pay for with this material. Until recent years, quartz was deemed a pricey investment by comparison.,. However, as the material has skyrocketed in popularity and availability, the price has come down considerably.
You can now purchase a granite or quartz worktop for pretty much the same price, and quartz certainly offers a greater variety of designs.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A QUARTZ WORKTOP?
The price of a quartz worktop can vary based on a number of factors such as the of quartz used, and the amount needed. However, the great news is that quartz worktops have become more affordable as the years have gone on, making them a much more accessible material for modern homes.
WHAT IS BETTER, 30MM OR 20MM QUARTZ WORKTOPS?
When it comes to picking your dream kitchen worktop, there are so many things that you will want to consider. Material and pattern are likely to be the first things that you think about, however just as important is the thickness you decide to opt for.
Although available in a range of other thicknesses, 20mm and 30mm thicknesses are by far the most commonly applied to kitchen worktops. But does it really matter which you opt for? Although the difference in thickness may only be slight, there can be a range of factors that can have a direct impact on the thickness which will work best in your kitchen, such as:
- Your existing kitchen appliances – Depending on the size of your kitchen appliances, you may find that a 20mm thick worktop is not the best fit, or that a 30mm thick worktop looks too bulky. For example, many people now opt for induction hobs thanks to their slimline and minimalist appearance, so a 30mm kitchen worktop may appear mismatched and overshadow the applications in your kitchen. If you’re planning to buy a new oven or hob, it’s always best to enquire with the supplier first which thickness of worktop would suit best.
- Décor – Once you have decided on the style you want your kitchen to be, picking a suitable worktop width becomes much easier. For instance, a contemporary, sleek and elegant kitchen design will best suit a 20mm thick worktop which falls easily into this chic category. For a more statement kitchen, a 30mm worktop that has a chunkier appearance may work best.
- Function – Unsurprisingly, stone worktops are a highly popular choice for a range of applications and are not just reserved for counters. In fact, depending on what function you want your material serve can determine the thickness you decide to go for in the end. Whilst a 30mm thick worktop works perfectly to create a focal point in any kitchen, such as an island, a 20mm thick worktop can be used as an attractive, subtle splashback, upstand or window sill. Consider where you want your worktops to be used before making a decision about the thickness.
How easy is it to look after quartz worktops?
A great looking surface that’s low maintenance is part of the charm of a quartz worktop.
Requiring none of the endless buffing and resealing associated with keeping granite looking its best, quartz is an ideal option if you’re searching for an attractive, hard-wearing – but hassle-free – surface.
Highly resistant to scratches and stains, quartz worktops are more than a match for daily kitchen wear and tear. Non-porous, they are naturally resistant to stains and bacteria – helping to keep your kitchen clean and tidy! It also means there’s no need to worry about scheduling annual reseals either.
To keep quartz worksurfaces looking their best, all you really need to do is wipe them over with warm soapy water (Fairy Liquid is great for this or any detergent with a neutral pH). For an optimum glossy finish simply dry with a microfibre cloth, and that’s it!
What are the most popular brands for quartz worktops?
Not only are there endless choices of worktop materials, but once you have decided on quartz, there are also multiple brand names to navigate. So which is best?
In truth, one brand of quartz is much the same as any other but Silestone quartz worktops, Caesarstone quartz worktops and Artscut quartz worktops are some of the most trusted names – and we’re delighted to offer their surfaces here at The Marble Store.
View the collections now and for a competitive quote, get in touch.
What are the main advantages of quartz worktops?
Do you mean aside from it looking great!?
There are a host of reasons quartz worktops are one the most popular options on the market. These include the fact that they:
– are highly stain resistant
– offer vast colour choice
– are hard-wearing and durable
– are non-porous – so there’s no need for resealing
– provide an excellent barrier to bacteria
– are suitable for a variety of budgets
Which is better for kitchen worktops - granite or quartz?
Granite Vs quartz worktops is an ongoing debate. Both are highly regarded solid surfaces and offer an excellent worktop solution.
Traditionally granite held centre stage, seen as the ‘the’ kitchen worktop. These days though, quartz more than holds its own.
Deciding which is the best option for your kitchen will largely come down to your individual needs and preferences. Both are hard-wearing, durable and stain-resistant but if you’re looking for a weird and wonderful colour, few worksurfaces can rival the extensive rainbow of options available in quartz.
Similarly, if you want a work surface that requires minimal ongoing maintenance, quartz is the optimum choice as, being inherently non-porous, there’s no need for the annual resealing necessary with granite.
To discuss the pro and cons of quartz in more detail to help decide if it’s the right choice for you, why not chat with a member of the team?