Our blog is here to give you impartial, trustworthy and factual advice on all things worktop. If you have been planning your kitchen redo, you may have noticed the word ‘quartz’ used like a comma. You may have found yourself wondering what this word means, well this post is about helping you understand just what quartz is, plus other bits of terminology that may have lost you in the process of buying your new granite worktops.
Quartz is basically another way of saying ‘engineered stone’ because it has been man made with bits of resin and colouring. However, this is not be mistaken with natural quartz or quartzite which are both solid stone, an alternative to granite.But the interesting thing about quartz is that it is now the leading countertop material in the UK, It took the throne from granite in 2014 but we personally feel that granite still wins if you counted all the countertops which were installed without a professional designer. If you happen to need a little advice in person, go to Granite Worktops York.
The perks of quartz over granite is that they are impervious to stains and also it has no issues with highly acidic foods, you can save yourself the money of getting it sealed at it does this with no sealant. Moreover, compared to granite it is much more scratch resistant and chip resistant. It is also seen as a much greener material as the stone it is made from is waste stone so it does not need to be mined out or to be shipped around the globe. The downside is that manufacturers have not been able to (until recently) replicate the natural swirls and patterns of natural stone, making countertops too uniform and consistent.