Quartz worktops, including those with top brand names such as Compac Quartz, are all extremely tough; easy to maintain; and among the most beautiful examples of stoneware in the world. In some ways they could even be said to be preferable to traditional granite worktops.
In terms of colour choice, for example, the fact that quartz stone worktops are a carefully controlled combination of pure quartz, resin, and dyes, results in purity of colour tone that is almost impossible to find in granite – or in any other natural stone for that matter.
Likewise, because of the uniformity and precision that characterises the shape of each block that goes into the construction of quartz surfaces, UK householders have often commented on how perfectly quartz fits into their kitchen or bathroom.
Worktops made this way will also result in there being far fewer gaps between any of the joints, thereby helping to prevent the harbouring and spread of bacteria.
Finally, unlike bathroom and kitchen granite worktops, quartz surfaces do not need sealing in order to stop liquids from being absorbed and possibly staining.
On the other side of the coin however, it is important to realise that engineered stone, be it, say. Compac Quartz or Compac Marmol, whilst being an improvement on nature is certainly by no means indestructible. As with granite, quartz surfaces should be treated with respect. A mat for example should always be placed under an extremely hot object such as a frying pan.
Like granite, quartz also requires professional installation, preferably from Guild of Master Craftsmen members.