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When you decide to change the appearance of your kitchen, you might be thinking of a total renovation; in that case, what are you going to look at? You might be thinking about walls, furniture, flooring, cabinets, and you might also be thinking about your worktop.
The kitchen worktop is the heart of the room, because not only is it where you do your cooking work, but it’s also where your eyes are automatically drawn to. For that reason, you need to make a very smart choice on all fronts – material, colour, pattern, and finish.
It’s a tough job, but thankfully, it is one you can find plentiful advice on.
In terms of material, natural stones are the most popular options, and that encompasses granite, quartz, and marble. Granite and marble are great choices, but they require maintenance in the form of annual sealing. Quartz on the other hand? This beautiful stone requires no maintenance at all, other than normal cleaning, and that is a time saving and cost saving perk overall.
On top of this, quartz is strong, it is highly heat, scratch, and stain resistant, and it comes in countless different colours and designs. If you’re loving the appearance of marble, but you’re not really loving the idea of the extra maintenance required, the good news is that you can go for a marble effect quartz stone, and get both boxes ticked in one.
Quartz is very widely available, and that means you can shop around and find deals on the go. Cost saving mechanisms are a great thing in this day and age, when we’re all trying to do more for much less money!
The actual cost of your quart countertop is going to really depend on the colour you go for, as well as the size, finish, and pattern (if any). Marble effect patterns and colours do cost a little more than plain, regular shades, but if you can shop around you may find cheaper deals – times such as Black Friday or New Year are a good time to shop.
On average, quartz worktop slabs cost around £50 per square metre, including the cost of installation. Supply is not at all short, because quartz is hugely popular.
It’s never a good idea to try and install a countertop yourself, because this is something which the professionals need to do. If you attempt to save cash and do this yourself, you’re probably going to run into issues at best, but at worst you could end up damaging your new worktop beyond repair completely.
Whichever colour or finish you go for, it’s always a good idea to head to the showroom and check out the colour for yourself in person, rather than relying on the online picture – natural and artificial lights can change the appearance dramatically, and you don’t want to be landed with a worktop you’re not entirely happy with, just because you didn’t venture to the nearest showroom to choose and finalise your colour.
Obviously, you should clue yourself up with granite and marble as well as quartz, because making an informed decision is key. Granite and marble are certainly both worthy opponents to quartz, but in terms of low maintenance and availability, you can’t beat quartz.