Quartz Kitchen Top
Welcome to this post all about Quartz Kitchen Tops. This is part of a blog series we are putting together all about kitchen worktops, to help you decide which worktop will be right for you. If you haven’t already please check out the posts about Granite Kitchen Tops, Laminate Worktops, Solid Wood Worktops and Composite Kitchen Worktops.
Quartz is often referred to as marble or granite, these are three distinctively different products and not to be confused. Quartz is easily discernible between the three and customers would normally pick up on the ‘Mirror flecks’ as being unique to quartz. Marble is a natural product like granite but generally speaking is far more expensive and although rarely used in kitchens, can be seen in the bespoke industry. Granite we will talk about more on separate blog page.
Quartz is a mixture of man made and natural products and are made of pieces of natural stone bonded together with a small amount of adhesive. The stone used is quartz, one of nature’s toughest materials, and a very versatile one. Quartz worktops are 90-99% quartz. The exact ratio depends on the manufacturer and type of quartz worktop. Like granite these are templated, cut to size and shape, then polished or finished and sealed before fitting. Any joints on quartz have a water repellent compound installed during installation, which is finished flush with the surface of the worktop. Although discreet, the joint will normally be visible post installation.
Always use mug mats and trivets. Never place hot pans or mugs directly on surface.
As quartz is a manufactured product, all slabs are exactly the same but there are a wide variety of colours and patterns on the market depending on the customers needs. With the product being very consistent in colour and graining, quartz kitchen worktops will a very uniform look and feel to them.
Quartz is a very dense material and as a result very hardwearing and generally supplied 30mm in thickness. Due to the weight of the product, the slabs are limited to a maximum size. Generally speaking, lengths of worktop are limited to 3 metres and widths of worktop limited to 1.2 metres but this will depend on your supplier. Up stands and splash backs are available in varying sizes and widely used to match and compliment the worktop.
Edge profiles can be formed into a number of different shapes and drainer groves can be moulded into the worktop to allow an under mount sink to be incorporated. Although under mount sinks are frequently used, most types of sink could be installed to compliment a quartz worktop and holes bored through the surface to enable fitting of taps or pop up power docks.
Check that your installer will fit temporary worktop, sink and hob in between templating and installation.
Quartz worktops will only ever be available in template and install form, never as self-fit. Your worktops will be templated on around the 4th – 5th day of the fit; most suppliers will then install your new worktops 7 –10 days after templating. Only once your worktops are installed can the final connection of any surface mounted appliances be completed. Reputable installers will leave you with a temporary worktop and sink and possible hob for the interim period. Do check with your installer though as there may be an additional charge for this service.
Quartz Kitchen Top Pro’s and Con’s
- Extremely hard wearing.
- Ideal for bakers as is a solid material all the way through and stays cool to the touch.
- Man made product so very consistent in colour and texture.
- Wide range of colours and finishes, definite ‘wow factor’.
- Long guarantee’s generally 10 years or more.
- Available in varying thickness up to 30mm.
- Matching splash backs, up stands and window cills.
- Available with different edge profiles.
- One of the more expensive forms of worktop.
- Requires templating leaving a time delay between kitchen installation and worktop fitting.
- Gloss surfaces can be prone to scratching and can show mug rings.
- Worktop joins, although discreet will be visible.
We hope you have enjoyed this blog post and that we have given you some food for thought when it comes to Quartz Kitchen Tops. If you are unsure which worktops will suite your needs and lifestyle be sure to read out post entitled “What is the Best Kitchen Worktop” this will help you decide.
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