Quartz Worktops – What You Need To Know For Kitchen Planning

An introduction to Quartz

Quartz worktops are a great option for creating your dream kitchen. Not only do they look beautiful, they are very durable too - a perfect choice for the kitchen and bathroom. This guide is here to answer the key questions when it comes to considering Quartz as a worktop option.

It’s an exciting time designing your new kitchen or bathroom and there are many elements to consider when it comes to design and function. Choosing the perfect worktop for your design can be challenging. It can be an investment that can last a lifetime so it needs to look beautiful and work hard too.

What is quartz and why use this for worktops?

Quartz is a man-made engineered stone surface made from natural Quartz stone bound with resins, colour pigments and pressed into sheets. Unlike natural stone that needs sealing, quartz doesn’t because of the resin used in the manufacturing process.

It has a natural look and feel of real stone which makes quartz a very popular choice. The combination of natural stone with modern manufacturing processes results in a surface that's comparable in beauty to granite and marble while offering greater durability.

Quartz worktops are usually made with around 90 percent ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with eight to 10 percent resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard, granite-like surface. The appearance of your worktop then depends on how the quartz is ground - coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, whilst finely ground quartz produces a smooth look.

Because quartz worktops are a manufactured surface, there are no natural imperfections. It is a predictable material and produces less waste product.

close up photo of white quartz worktop with oils and worktop utensils arranged on top.

Quartz: the environmentally-friendly choice

Even though quartz is not a renewable resource, it is the most common mineral on the planet.

Many of the natural stone elements in quartz worktops are actually reclaimed by-products from the quarrying process itself - stone that would have otherwise gone to waste. No stone is quarried solely for use in quartz countertops. The same goes for many of the resins. They are salvaged from the manufacture of other stone.

As an engineered product, quartz can be made regionally meaning a lot less resources are used in transportation. Essentially, quartz is a recycled product.

What are the benefits of quartz worktops?

Because of the hardness of natural quartz, engineered quartz provides worktops that are hard-wearing, stain, scratch and heat resistant.
It is non-porous, antimicrobial and very hygienic. Highly polished quartz worktops are stain resistant which means moulds and bacteria don’t have a chance to get settled in. In fact, quartz is considered as hygienic as stainless steel.

What style and colour of quartz worktop can I choose?

When it comes to finding the perfect quartz worktop for your kitchen, there are many choices in colour and style. Quartz is perfect for replicating the look of natural stone with all the durable properties it possesses. From black to cool white, marble to concrete effect - you will always be able to find your dream quartz worktop.

photo of large quartz worktop in a room set up as a bar and entertaining space.

Quartz worktops Vs granite worktops

Quartz is a man-made engineered material made from crushed quartz along with polymer resins (which act as a binding agent) along with colour pigments. Granite is mainly composed of quartz and feldspars and is coarse-grained. It has been in use extensively since ancient times for both indoor and outdoor applications.

  1. Durability: Granite is an extremely hard substance, making it the perfect choice for people looking for durability. Compared to granite, quartz is equally durable. It will easily withstand the day-to-day tasks undertaken in a kitchen environment.
  2. Heat Resistance: Due to its heat resistant properties, granite can handle a fair amount of heat. You won’t have to worry about damage if you accidentally place a hot pan on your granite worktop. Although we always recommend the use of a trivet matt where possible to help extend the life of your Granite.However, whilst Quartz worktops are quite heat resistant - placing extremely hot saucepans right out of the oven on the worktop surface is not recommended. Instead, we recommend that you use a heat pad (or trivet) to avoid damaging your worktop. It will withstand a certain amount of heat, so there is no need to worry about placing it near your hob. Making it more than suitable for even the most ambitious of chefs!
  3. Stain Resistance: Unlike granite (which is a porous stone), quartz is non-porous. It does not have capillary channels between the minerals. Put simply, if you spill a liquid on it, it won’t stain the stone, making it highly stain resistant. With a granite worktop, we seal the surface to help protect it from spillages but it can still be susceptible to stains in some situations.
  4. Appearance: Each slab of granite is slightly different in mineral pattern and colour. Even a single slab of granite can hold lots of variation from one end to the other. However, there is no need to worry!We stock over 1,000 slabs of Granite at our showroom so you can hand select the slab that is right for you. But if you’d like a material that is more uniform and predictable, then Quartz is a good choice. Being an engineered product, quartz worktops can offer colour and shades that are consistent throughout the slab. With over 300 slabs of Quartz at our showroom, you can hand select the slab right for you.
Photo of quartz worktop in a warm white coloured kitchen to show the fitting around kitchen workspace.

How do you clean quartz in a kitchen?

Quartz worktops are easy to keep clean and looking like new. All you need is regular soap and warm water or even a mild detergent to clean away everyday kitchen spills. When required you can use a non-abrasive soap with a non-scratch scrub pad. Cleaning your worktop from time to time like this helps maintain its radiant gloss and sheen for a long period of time.

Don’t use any aggressive cleaners such as dishwashing polishing products. These should be avoided since they contain high alkaline levels. If the worktop gets exposed to any such product, cleaning it immediately with water should limit potential damage.

How easy is it to fit a quartz worktop in a kitchen?

Whilst it is possible to fit a quartz worktop yourself, it is worth the investment of an expert fitter to get your worktop looking the very best it possibly can. After all, you’ve invested in a beautiful worktop, you should invest in finishing it professionally.

What is the cost of a quartz worktop?

There can be a vast difference in the cost of Quartz surfaces. Often this is determined by the demand of that colour/style and how technical it is to make on a production line. However, it is also important to look at the quality of the material you are investing in and ensure it comes with a reasonable warranty period. We would recommend it is a minimum of 15 years.

Typically, the cost of simple/uniform colours, such as QF Dark Grey, can often come in around £2,300. You will find that a slightly more detailed colour in a mid-price group will be around £3,200 and an even more detailed colour in high demand to be around £4,000. These costs include the templating and fitting of the surfaces. We always recommend that you request a bespoke price from us to get an accurate cost based on your plans.

Where can I order a quartz worktop from?

You can see from the information above that Quartz offers an ideal product for your kitchen plans. If you want to find out more about how to order and cost up your project - you can use our free no-obligation online quote form here.

Or simply contact the team directly with any further questions. We also built a fantastic showroom where you can see all our ranges, and choose directly from our stock. Just visit our contact us page for more contact and location details.

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