It is no exaggeration to say that quartz worktops have revolutionised the market in kitchen and bathroom worktops in recent years, acting as a viable alternative to traditional granite.
With the finest quartz worktops arguably easily matching granite worktops in both looks and performance, many householders in Cheshire, Humberside and Yorkshire – particularly Leeds, where quartz worktops are especially popular – often say they have the best of both worlds, as they provide a real stone surface with a modern easy-care maintenance regime.
When it comes to choosing a quartz worktop, however, the decision can often be made more difficult owing to the availability of so many different brands on the market.
What is crucial is to try to narrow these brands down to those which are the most reliable and have been proven to withstand the impact and intensity of kitchen work over a fair amount of time, as well as the potentially damaging effects of water, steam and chemical spillages in bathrooms.
Of the few quartz brands which can genuinely match granite in this respect, Caesarstone and Compac Quartz are among those which can also truly vie with granite when it comes to aesthetic beauty and depth, at least in the opinion of many home makeover experts.
For many householders, the more neutral colours and patterns of Caesarstone worktops could perhaps be said to have the widest appeal.
Needless to say, however, it is vital for potential purchasers to study the wide choice of designs on offer and, where possible, to check how certain colours and patterns appear under the particular lighting conditions of a kitchen or bathroom, perhaps with the help of samples.