Top 10 Benefits of a Quartz Worktop
Your worktops are an integral part of your kitchen, and they work to be both visually appealing and functional. If you’re new to the world of worktops, you’ll notice there’s an extensive selection out there, and you may be uncertain as to which type to choose. The wide range of options can feel like a minefield as you try to balance affordability, durability, and the right style.
At Granite and TREND Transformations, quartz is one of our favourite worktop materials. Read on to discover why and find out what we consider to be the top 10 benefits of our quartz worktops.
1) They’re Visually Appealing
The look of your worktop is one of the most important aspects to consider. After all, you will be seeing it almost every single day. And, if you’re investing money into your home, you want your improvements to impress. Our quartz worktops are crafted to beautifully fit into your kitchen style, bespoke to size and requirement and bringing a unique luxury to your kitchen look.
Your new stylish, quartz kitchen worktop could have a stunning marble or grain effect, be gleaming and sparkly or have a subtle, quietly elegant colour. It could be thick and chunky or slim and sleek. The choices are endless, and you are in complete control of how your quartz kitchen top is created.
2) They’re Incredibly Durable
Consider how often you’ll be cooking and prepping food on your worktop. It will probably get a lot of use over the years and, therefore, durability is paramount. With time, some materials decline both visually and functionally. They can become scratched and even cracked, which would be very disappointing.
Our quartz worktops are incredibly hard-wearing and, therefore, provide the ideal solution. Crafted from pieces of natural quartz stone, they are then bound together to create an attractive, yet incredibly durable, material.
Quartz itself is one of the toughest materials that nature has to offer, making it an ideal component for kitchen worktops. It is both tougher and stronger than its popular counter-choice; granite. A quartz surface can handle double the impact of granite and has four times the flexural strength – the amount of bending stress it can undergo before breaking.
When you purchase quartz kitchen tops, you are making an investment. Its hard-wearing nature will stand the test of time, and remain functional, and beautiful, for years to come.
3) The ForeverSeal® Touch
Following on from our previous benefit of quartz being durable, at Granite and TREND Transformations, all our worktops are made with ForeverSeal®; an advanced proprietary polymer resin that adds further durability benefits to our quartz worktops.
With ForeverSeal®, our worktops are heat, scratch, stain, mould and mildew resistant. The advantages of ForeverSeal® provide peace of mind for our customers that the everyday use of their worktops won’t negatively impact their surfaces. Furthermore, this unique technology ensures all worktops are non-porous, so there will never be a need to get them sealed.
4) They’re Ultra-Hygienic
A significant advantage of our stylish quartz kitchen worktops is our use of Microban® technology. This cutting-edge product protection is incorporated into the manufacturing process of all our etherium™ by E-Stone products, including our quartz kitchen worktops.
But what exactly does that mean?
Microban® product protection is an antimicrobial technology that helps your kitchen worktops stay extra hygienic. Microbes and bacteria will inevitably contaminate any surface. This contamination can be a result of human contact, a lack of cleaning, or environmental conditions. As Microban® technology is integrated into the kitchen material, its innovative antibacterial action works to inhibit the growth of bacteria on a surface. It stops microbes and bacteria in their tracks by penetrating their cell walls and effectively halting their ability to grow and reproduce.
The technology behind Microban® helps fight a broad spectrum of bacteria commonly found in kitchen areas such as salmonella and E. coli. It also helps to protect against stains, odours, mould and mildew. This antimicrobial action assists in keeping your quartz worktops clean between cleans, providing an extra layer of protection for you and your family.
Microban® technology works continually, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a busy lifestyle or a big family, contamination can be more challenging to avoid. This is especially true if you have children or teenagers using the surface to prepare or cook food, or if the worktop is used for other purposes, such as working from home or doing homework. Microban® technology is the perfect aid for helping to keep your worktop consistently clean. Moreover, the microbe-busting technology lasts for the lifetime of your worktop, effectively prolonging its functionality.
Granite and TREND transformations are proud to have an exclusive partnership with Microban®, meaning we can provide our customers with the best of the best.
5) Naturally Scratch Resistant
There are few things worse than purchasing a new kitchen worktop, only to discover scratches on it shortly after.
In addition to benefiting from ForeverSeal® across our worktop range, quartz has a natural scratch-resistant quality. Impressively, it ranks seven on the Mohs hardness scale. To put that into context, there are just three other natural minerals in the world that can scratch it. These are diamond, corundum (sapphire or ruby) and topaz. However, as long as you remove any jewellery containing these gems before cooking or baking, scratching your kitchen worktops with these is highly unlikely.
6) Easy to Maintain
The ForeverSeal® resin we use, as well as our Microban® technology, make our quartz kitchen tops incredibly easy to maintain. To keep your kitchen material clean, we recommend simply wiping your surfaces daily with warm soapy water or a gentle cleaning product. Go for a thorough clean once a week to keep it like new.
And that’s it. There’s no additional maintenance required. As we said, it’s perfect for busy lifestyles!
7) Environmentally Friendly
There are a number of elements that make quartz worktops environmentally friendly. Some natural materials produce gases. Quartz is one of the natural materials that does not emit chemical gases, resulting in better air quality throughout your home.
With our focus on sustainability and preserving the earth’s natural resources, all our etherium™ by E-stone surfaces, including our quartz worktops, are made using ingredients from recycled quarry waste or spoil. Using our unique polymer technology, we also use between 30-70% less raw materials than other engineered stone and slab.
Additionally, you can choose an eco-friendly kitchen makeover by opting for a reface rather than a complete kitchen refit. With our unique ‘top that fits on top’, our surfaces are fitted directly onto your existing kitchen and bonded permanently to the original. Made bespoke to your requirements, you can easily coordinate your quartz worktops with your current kitchen décor for an eye-catching kitchen makeover.
Our quartz worktops are built to last. This means that you won’t need to buy a new one in a few years’ time, saving you time and effort while also benefiting the planet. And, if there does ever come a time when you need to replace it, quartz is recyclable.
8) Value for Money
Although quartz isn’t the cheapest option on the market, it is good value for money.
With our bespoke design options, you are in control of the thickness of your worktop. Purchasing a thick slab of material is not necessary to give a luxury feel to your kitchen look. Our slimline options are designed to look sleek and elegant and just as impressive as the chunkier alternatives. They offer excellent durability too.
Secondly, the minimal maintenance needed to clean the kitchen material of your quartz worktop will save you money; simple soap and water are all it takes.
Last but not least, with our advanced manufacturing technology, our worktops are made to be long-lasting. We offer a ten-year warranty on all our surfaces but expect them to look as good as new for much longer.
9) A Useful Kitchen Tool
Have you considered that your quartz kitchen worktop could be a useful kitchen tool in its own right? You can work directly off a quartz kitchen top, while you’re baking and preparing food, which is not the case for some other materials.
Tough, stain and scratch-resistant, they stand up to direct use and the daily wear and tear of splashed hot sauces and dropped cutlery. Although it is advisable to use a chopping board when using knives, if you do cut directly onto a quartz surface, you are more likely to blunt your blade than damage your worktop.
Naturally cool, quartz work surfaces are just perfect for rolling out pastry, kneading dough and creating pasta shapes too.
10) Diverse Material
Finally, quartz is a diverse material and can be crafted into a whole manner of things. You can match other areas of your kitchen to your worktops, for example, splashbacks, tiles and floors, or even coordinate additional rooms, like your bathroom.
Using quartz throughout your home has an impressive list of advantages. Not only is it a stylish material for your kitchen tops, but it’s also durable, hygienic and eco-friendly. Whether you’re preparing food on your quartz kitchen surface or enjoying a coffee, admiring your new kitchen look, a quartz kitchen top will help make your kitchen a room where you love to spend time.
If you would like to explore how quartz can create a stylish kitchen top that lives up to your ideal vision, please give our design team a call. We’d love to help you start planning.