This is a collaborative post in partnership with CRL Quartz.
Are you planning on updating your kitchen? It’s a major home project that lots of us would love to tackle, and when you do decide to take the plunge, you naturally want to get it right first time.
When it comes to choosing a new kitchen, worktops are definitely a key element to prioritise.
As well as performing a crucial role in your kitchen, worktops can add real wow factor to the finished look. You can use them to make a bold statement, dial up the luxury, or showcase the units themselves. Practicality is a key factor too, given how much use those worktops will be getting on a daily basis.
Why choose quartz worktops?
High-end quartz kitchen worktops such as those supplied by CRL Quartz have a number of benefits that make them a fantastic choice for a new kitchen.
We looked at quartz worktops pros and cons when we fitted our new kitchen two years ago, and decided it was a no-brainer to go with quartz. Since then I’ve been so impressed with their performance.
What is a quartz worktop?
Quartz is an igneous rock which is made up of oxygen and silicon. This particular mineral has been used to make kitchen and bathroom worktops for many years.
Quartz worktops are made by combining natural quartz with a variety of resins and polymers. This allows for a wide range of finishes and colours.
The benefits of quartz worktops
Let’s take a look at the advantages of quartz worktops in more detail.
No need for sealing
Worktops made from wood or natural stone such as marble or granite need to be sealed regularly. This is because they are porous, and need protection to prevent staining and water damage. In contrast, quartz worktops are non-porous and never need to be sealed.
The fact that quartz worktops are non-porous also means they offer superior hygiene benefits, by providing a surface that dirt and bacteria literally can’t penetrate. Keep the surface clean, and you can be confident that nothing nasty has found a place to hide.
Looking for worktops that require minimal effort and still look fantastic? You should definitely consider quartz.
We’ve already talked about the lack of regular sealing, but general quartz worktop care is also a simple job. Soapy water and a damp cloth will deal with the majority of cleanups, and a gentle cleansing scrub is all that’s required for most stains. I can certainly testify to this being the case from my own experience. Our quartz worktops are white, and all we use to clean them is washing up liquid and a micofibre cloth. After two years of regular use, they still look as good as new.
Scratch & stain resistant
If you’re thinking ‘This all sounds great, but do quartz worktops stain?’, don’t worry. Quartz offers superior scratch and stain resistance when compared to marble, granite and wood.
If your worktops are going to be subject to regular, heavy use – in a busy family home, for example – then quartz is a great option to go for. We used to have wooden worktops, and while we tried our best to take care of them, they were so fragile compared to our new quartz ones. We’ve had the odd stain from coffee and curry sauce, but even those have been simple to deal with using a dilute solution of cream cleaner – thanks to that all-important non-porous feature.
Quartz should also be unaffected by short-term contact with detergents, bleach, oil and acidic liquids such as vinegar – another key benefit when it comes to stain resistance.
Strong and durable
Quartz worktops are extremely hard-wearing. Quartz is one of the toughest natural materials, and the engineering process results in a durability that out-performs natural stone. As well as being resistant to scratches and stains, quartz ticks the boxes for impact and heat resistance too. For this reason, many quartz worktops come with a long warranty period.
Wide range of finishes
The range of finishes available with natural stone worktops is limited to the variations in the stone itself. Quartz, on the other hand, can be manufactured in a wide range of colours, thicknesses and finishes, giving you much more choice. Quartz also provides you with consistency on colour and finish, so you can be confident that your chosen worktop will look just like the one in the showroom.
Thanks to their durability and the fact that you don’t need to seal them, quartz worktops have a really good lifespan. Take care of them, and you can expect them to last for many years.
To summarise, quartz worktops deliver on stunning looks, while also being hard-wearing, hygienic and easy to maintain. It’s no wonder they’re growing in popularity, is it? Having made the switch to quartz worktops in my own home, I certainly won’t be considering an alternative material any time soon!
Do you have quartz worktops in your home? What’s your favourite thing about them?