Quartz, a non-porous material, is carefully engineered to be highly resistant to both stains and scratches, and made to almost any conceivable colour and design. This hard-wearing stone makes our selection of quartz worktops a superb choice for anyone looking for both style and practicality. Whether you’re after a black shimmery worktop, a sophisticated white-veined quartz, or perhaps our popular Nougat, which has large flecks of crushed glass, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for in our selection of quartz worktops. Don't forget to order your free sample!
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Quartz Kitchen Worktops
Granite Zone is the UK’s premier supplier of quartz kitchen worktops and countertops, so you are in the right place. Quartz can be made in almost any conceivable colour and design. Our worktops are a superb choice for anyone looking for both style and practicality.
Is quartz a good kitchen worktop surface? We definitely think it is. Whether you’re after a marble effect quartz worktop, a shimmery black look, a sophisticated white quartz kitchen worktop or our popular Nougat style with large flecks of crushed glass, we’re confident you’ll find what you’re looking for. Don’t forget to order your FREE sample!
We are able to offer branded materials from the following suppliers:
The Benefits of Quartz Worktops
Quartz can add a sophisticated and modern touch to any kitchen. Unlike granite, it is a man-made stone that is engineered from crushed crystals. It is homogeneous, meaning it has uniform colours and patterns which make it a lot easier to match during the installation process. Quartz worktops are made by mixing crushed stone with pigments. This means that slabs and tiles come in a wide variety of colours.
Quartz surfaces are hard-wearing and long-lasting, and will serve you well for decades. Quartz worktop prices mean they are affordable for almost every home Quartz can add value to your home making it an ideal investment.
For many, the heart of the home is the kitchen; for this reason, keep in mind the importance of picking a pattern that you will not only love now but also in 20 years’ time! Our top tip is to choose bold colours with care – remembering that the larger the crystal granules within the worktop, the busier your surfaces will look, particularly in a small room.
With quartz worktops, you needn’t worry about staining on brighter colour designs. Even the lightest and brightest choices can withstand staining.
Varieties Of Quartz
In the UK, quartz is available in around fifty different colours. As it is a man-made product, it can offer qualities that granite cannot such as the inclusion of mirror chips, crushed glass and even seashells. This means Granite Zone can offer an impressive variety of modern, unique and fun finishes not available in natural granite. The most popular of our materials include –
- Starlight Black Mirror
- Ice White Mirror
- Crema (plain cream)
When you’ve picked your desired style, get samples sent to your home, where you can view them in your own environment and in both natural and artificial light and see how the pattern will look in your kitchen.
How To Care For Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a non-porous material carefully engineered to be highly resistant to both stains and scratches. However, to keep it in pristine condition, you’ll need to follow a few simple maintenance guidelines.
General Worktop Usage
Quartz is tough and hard-wearing. Because of this, our range a superb choice for anyone looking for both style and practicality. Whatever you are looking for, we are confident you’ll find it in our selection. By following our advice, you’ll have something to treasure for a lifetime.
Quartz kitchen countertops are very scratch-resistant, but knives and other sharp implements can make worktops look dull and scratched over time. To avoid this, it is important to always use a chopping board. After preparing food on any of your quartz surfaces, always wipe down with a damp cloth straight after use.
Take care not to knock or hit your quartz kitchen top as they can get chipped. Using your worktop edges as a bottle opener, for example, is definitely not recommended! Should the worst happen, and you countertop is damaged, chips on edges are repairable, although this will be an unwanted and unnecessary cost.
What are the problems with quartz countertops? As a material, quartz is more heat resistant than granite. However, it can still, be damaged by rapid temperature changes. Placemats and trivets under cooking appliances like roaster ovens and fryers too are highly recommended.
Lastly, ensure that no one stands or kneels on your quartz surfaces, countertops or worktops. Not only can shoes scratch the surface, but additional pressure in a small area can lead to cracks.
Cleaning Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Quartz is completely non-porous which means it is not susceptible to ‘etching’ stains however strong acidic or alkaline substances, such as orange juice or cola, can cause damage. It is best ensure that any spillages are cleaned up immediately with a natural cleaner.
There’s no need to spend on specialist quartz worktop cleaners. Keeping the surfaces in your kitchen shining by using natural gentle soap and warm water is fine. You can then buff the surface with a dry cloth. You should not clean quartz with abrasive bleach, silicone or ammonia-based products as this can easily cause damage. Products containing Trichloroethylene or Methylene chloride (like paint strippers) will cause significant damage. Coarse sponges or scouring pads are best avoided too as they may scratch the surface. For major stains, always seek the advice of an expert who can help you remove them without causing irreversible damage.
Does Quartz Stain?
Quartz is a very hardy material and many people love it for its low maintenance. Staining is very rare and usually limited to occasions where a hyper-abrasive substance comes into contact with the surface, such as an oven cleaner.
Does Quartz Scratch?
Quartz is much more hard-wearing than granite, making it difficult (but not impossible) to damage. Generally, scratches can be avoided by not throwing or placing sharp objects onto the tops and not cutting directly on the countertops. You should always follow your aftercare advice to avoid any issues.
Is Quartz Heat Resistant?
Quartz is resistant to heat and may take short bursts of “reasonable” heat. However, if the temperature is too high, the worktop can become damaged. For that reason, we don’t advise placing hot pans and saucers directly onto the work surface straight from the oven or hob and we advise using mats, trivets and coasters.
In What Lengths Can You Get Quartz Worktops?
Worktops are usually available in 3 sizes:
- Standard: 3.0m x 1.4m
- Oversized: 3.1m x 1.5m
- Jumbo: 3.2m x 1.6m
It’s best to ask about available sizes even before planning yo ur kitchen, as you may find longer sizes may only be available in certain ranges.
How do you install quartz countertops in your kitchen? You are best off talking to the experts. Get in touch today and we can provide you with all the advice you need.
What Is The Standard Thickness Of Quartz Worktops?
The most common thickness of worktops is 20mm and 30mm (2-3cm) and we offer both as standard across all of our quartz products. The 30mm option is, of course, more expensive, but it gives a weightier, perhaps more classic look. The 20mm option is often preferred in a more modern, contemporary and sleek style kitchen.
Do Quartz Countertops Add Value To Your Home?
When considering quartz worktop costs, it’s worth remembering quartz is a brilliant material to bring the “WOW” factor to your home. For this reason, it’s one of the top choices for those renovating a property with the intention of selling at a profit.
Is quartz cheaper than granite or marble? Yes, but it still has a high-end look that will make your property look special.
Do I Have To Seal Quartz Kitchen Countertops?
Quartz worktops don’t require sealing. They are non-porous, so they won’t absorb liquid, which is what the process of sealing would prevent. 100% natural stone materials such as granite and marble do require sealing due to their porosity.
Do Quartz Countertops Fade In Sunlight?
Yes, like many other materials, UV rays can cause some fading. However, for it to be visible it would many hours of exposureevery day and for many years.
How Level Do Cabinets Need To Be For Quartz Countertops?
What can go under under quartz counter tops? Almost anything can go under quartz, but you should remember that quartz does not have any flexibility. As such, any cabinets on which the quartz countertops are to sat need to be level to ensure the best fit and avoid damage.
Are Quartz Worktops Better Than Granite?
It depends on what effect you are after. Quartz is man-made by mixing ground crystals with resins, glues and enhancers. They aren’t as traditional as natural stone, but they do allow for more modern, creative design and, typically, cost less than granite or marble equivalents. It is also an extremely practical material which is a big plus when it comes to creating wonderful kitchens.
If you have a special requirement, please get in touch with your dimensions. We will be happy to help with a quotation.