Quartz is one of the most commonly found stones within homes, whether it is for kitchen or bathroom countertops and this is for very good reason. There are many reasons as to why people are seeking Quart for their bathroom remodels but there are also some downfalls as well.
We will be talking about the benefits of Quartz countertops within the bathroom as well as any downfalls that there may be to give you a balance view so that you can decide for yourself whether Quartz is the best stone for you, your bathroom and style.
Pros of Quartz
Amazingly, Quartz is just second to diamond for its strength, which gives it great scratch resistant properties. As it is so resistant to scratches, it can be left with absolutely no mark after a slip of a knife or other sharp objects that may be found within the bathroom. When you accidentally place sharp objects on your bathroom countertop you will have nothing to worry about as you will still be left with a countertop that remains looking good as new. As long as you keep looking after your Quartz countertop, you will have a brilliant looking stone for many years to come.
Difficult to Damage
In the bathroom are plenty of heavy objects – perfume bottles, make up, beauty items you name it! But one of the benefits of Quartz is that it is extremely difficult to chip or crack. So if you ever accidentally drop a large, heavy item onto your countertop it will not damage the surface. This strength of the Quartz also means that it is brilliant for transporting and installing as any bumps will not be a huge concern.
Within the bathroom you may also have other items such as hair straighteners which are known to reach extremely high temperatures. While most of these items come with heat pads, not everyone uses them or remembers to. For this reason, it is important to get a heat resistant stone for your countertops which Quartz can offer! Quartz stone is able to tolerate and cope with high heat without the material burning at all, as long as it does not exceed a certain temperature. Despite this, you should still continue using heat pads where possible to help prevent any signs or damage – you can never be too careful!
When it comes to selecting your new bathroom materials, cleaning and hygiene should always be at the forefront of your mind. With Quartz stone, you will never have this worry again. As Quartz has been entirely man made, it has been designed to be a non-porous material which means that it will never harbour any bacteria or liquids that encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. The bathroom is one of the main areas of the house where you will be far more conscious of hygiene, but with Quartz you know that you will be making the right decision for this.
Unlike other natural stones on the market, like Marble, Quartz has been manufactured and designed to have a very consistent colouring. The appearance of colour and pattern is always uniform so that each and every slab will match, so you will never be disappointed in what you receive when it comes to installing the countertop. A lot of other natural stones out there will arrive with a many inconsistencies which just is not what some people want.
No Long Term Costs
Once again, unlike types of natural stone, Quartz stone will never require any treatment in the long term such as sealing. Therefore, as it requires no maintenance at all other than the general daily cleaning routines, it is by far cheaper for those who have a budget and do not want any long term costs. This not only saves money but also time too.
In addition to Quartz being heat and scratch resistant, it is also strain proof thanks to is non-porous quality. If you ever spill a substance on your bathroom countertop such as nail varnish then there is very little to worry about in terms of staining as the stone will never hold onto any liquids and therefore will not stain. All spillages will be contained on top of the surface for easy cleaning – perfect for bathroom and kitchen countertops.
Cons of Quartz
Not Natural Stone
Despite Quartz being great for being consistent in colour, it in no way is a substitute for natural stone as it does not have the same appearance at all. So, if you are after the look of a natural stone then this may not be the best option for you and you may wish to consider other options. If you prefer a unique material then Marble may be your best bet. Quartz is a manufactured red stone and therefore will have that appearance.
While Quartz is incredibly easy to clean due to it being non-porous and therefore not holding onto anything, it is extremely sensitive to chemicals. You have to be careful which type of cleaning products and detergents that you use on a Quartz surface as it is sensitive to some cleaning agents. Any cleaning product that contains a high pH level would be unsuitable to be used, which may cause a bit of hassle when you are shopping for cleaning products. If you ever find yourself making the mistake of buying the wrong cleaning product or misreading a label, then you will have either risked damaging your countertop or have the inconvenience of not being able to clean your countertop until you are able to shop for more supplies. Any use of certain chemicals can end up permanently damaging your Quartz countertop so it is best to do your research to see if this is acceptable for you.
Can Be Heat Damaged
You may remember that we said above that Quartz is amazing for not being affected by heat or sharp objects as much as other materials are. While this is true, Quartz can still be damaged and chipped if it is hit hard enough. It may be a strong stone but it is breakable. Sometimes the advertisement of it being such a strong stone can influence customers into thinking that it is unbreakable and therefore they purchase it under this idea and then not being as careful as you should be – risking the appearance of your countertop in the process.
Not Seamless in Appearance
While Quartz is consistent in colour and pattern, it is in no way seamless. It is unable to offer a seamless appearance because the slabs are only made up to a certain number of fee in both width and length. If you ever require a larger size then this will be made up by connecting multiple slabs together, creating a not-so seamless appearance. If you are after a seamless look then you may wish to factor this into your decision making.
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Granite has been one of the most popular stones for kitchen worktops for many years and it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, and for very good reason. Granite has so many benefits on offer and therefore is in demand on a large scale. When you order a Granite worktop you are purchasing something that will absolutely transform your kitchen space. The kitchen is usually the heart of the home and therefore should be treated as such as given the kitchen worktop both you and it deserves. With a Granite worktop, it will soon be the talking point of your home.
Why Choose Granite?
When you order a Granite kitchen worktop you are giving your home a very unique look. Every single piece of Granite that you will be getting has a very different look, creating a very characteristic appearance for your kitchen space. Your Granite kitchen worktop will never begin to fade as long as you have it, while you are continuing to take good care of it.
What else makes it such a perfect stone for kitchens is that it will almost never scratch at all, in fact it is most likely going to blunt your knives and sharp objects way before they even mark the surface. Granite is also practically stain proof so you never have to be concerned when spillages occur, as the stone will never soak up or harbour any liquids. Thanks to the non-porous properties, it will also never harbour any bacteria or encourage their growth making it a superbly hygienic material for your kitchen.
Although, it must be noted that your Granite kitchen worktop will need regular maintenance by being resealed once every two years to ensure that it remains being stain proof. By not sealing your worktop as you should, you would be putting it at great risk of getting damaged.
Kitchens across the world have been getting remodels with Granite because it is such a brilliant stone for areas where there will be food preparation. You will never have to worry about damaging your surfaces by placing hot pots and pans directly onto the worktop surface, because Granite can withstand up to high temperatures. You will never have to worry about any burning or damage occurring, however it is still advised from us that you continue using our precautions as usual to help prevent any potential risk of damage to make sure that your worktop continues going strong for many years to come.
Why Choose Y & S Marble?
Here at Y & S Marble, we are able to supply fit your Granite kitchen worktops in Croydon and you can be sure that you are getting the best price within your area as we offer all of our customers the same brilliant price match. We promise to beat absolutely any quote that you can bring to us by 10%! We also give all of our customers a lifetime warranty with their kitchen worktops as standard.
BEAT any written quote!
25,000 colours to choose from
We are able to make sure that we only deliver the best service from our team of experienced engineers, who have been supplying and fitting the best quality worktops for both residential and commercial properties for many years. We also have an exceptionally fast delivery time and will aim to install it within 1 week from the date you placed the order with us.
We will never subcontract our any of our work by choice so that we remain in total control of the entire process from the very beginning (template) through to the end when your worktop is being installed. This means that we can ensure that our high standards are met throughout the entire process and that our customers get the best service and quality. Our customers will receive a fully personalised experience when they come to us as the same team who template, cut and polish the worktop will be the same who eventually come and fit it.
Our Huge Range of Colours
You will also have the biggest range of colours, shades and styles than any other supplier out there. You will have a whopping 25,000 colours to choose from so you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your kitchen space.
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