As an engineered stone, quartz is copiously in vogue, offering unique qualities and benefits that most natural stones fail to deliver. Here are 10 reasons why quartz kitchen worktops might just be a great choice for your kitchen.
1. Cost-effectiveness before everything
A unique blend of beauty and robustness, quartz is more affordable compared to granite and other worktop materials. Although price may vary depending upon your preference of style and colour, there are savings to be made with classic quartz worktops and you need not compromise good looks for cheaper rates.
2. A customizable option
Unlike other worktop materials such as toughened glass or laminate, quartz allows you to easily customize the appearance of your worktops. The manufacturer can produce slabs of your desired pattern, texture and colour that best complement your kitchen interiors.
3. Excellent display
Quartz is not mined out of the earth like granite and other materials and cut into slabs. This makes it possible for the manufacturers to engineer worktops that are exceptionally beautiful. They can also be finished so that each has a shiny surface with a muted satin look.
4. Non-porous properties
Germs and bacteria are never a problem. Its non-porous surface has no room for vermin to inhabit. Since there are no pores like natural stones, quartz kitchen worktops are less likely to collapse in the long run.
5. A low maintenance material
Where you need to keep sealing marble and granite worktops from time to time, quartz doesn’t need routine maintenance. You can clean the worktop surface easily with soap and water and maintain both its beauty and functionality. There is no need to apply costly anti-bacteria cleaning soaps and solutions.
6. Matchless durability
Quartz is 93% pure quartz stone and 7% resin binder and a little colourant. The mix results in a particularly tough substance that’s stronger than other worktop materials such as laminate, glass, wood, Corian and bamboo.
7. Naturally hygienic
Quartz kitchen worktops prevent bacterial growth. This ensures healthy food preparation and storage.
8. Stain and scratch resistance
The non-porous nature of quartz makes the worktops highly stain and scratch resistant. These worktops will look great indefinitely if you make sure to wipe up spills as soon as possible, use a non-abrasive sponge to do away with heavy stains and avoid cleaning with excessively alkaline or acidic cleaners.
9. Lasting colour
Where most other worktops are dyed for commercial purposes, quartz is used in its natural form. The multiple colors don’t fade away due to regular use and abuse which helps to keep them looking as good as new throughout their lifespan.
10. Hiding seams easier
Quartz and granite worktops will have visible seams when placed in shelves but it is easier to hide them in quartz. Firstly, choosing dark quartz worktops or ones with solid colours will naturally minimise the visibility of seams. Secondly, in case the seams are more apparent, manufacturers will colour, polish and coat quartz, which will hide any remaining seams.
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Ryan Henderson is owner of Henderstone LTD, a leading online retailer of quality quartz, granite and other worktop variants for homes and offices in the South East.
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