How ‘natural’ are quartz worktops?

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It is generally acknowledged that quartz worktops compare favourably with synthetic work surfaces such as laminates and acrylics because of their greater resistance to cracking, splitting and staining; and the relative ease with which they can be kept clean.

It is sometimes asked, however, whether quartz worktops can really be considered a ‘natural’ product; truly equivalent to say worktops made from granite or marble slabs.

The initial answer to this must acknowledge that quartz worktops, such as those made from Compac Quartz, are dependent on specialist machinery for their manufacture. Small pieces of quartz are compacted along with special tints and resins to produce artificially-induced slabs. In this way they are no more ‘natural’ than their synthesised marble equivalent, Compac Marmol.

However, even though a natural substance might require human and technological intervention to bring out its best qualities, this does not necessarily take away from the fact that the end product draws its true strengths from nature.

An analogy could perhaps be made with a diamond which, though natural, often depends on specialist cutting techniques to bring out its true beauty and value.

Indeed, the sheer resilience of quartz worktops is largely down to the fact that quartz itself is one of the hardest substances found on the planet.

It should also be noted that by enhancing nature, quartz worktops are in many ways superior to a pure stone such as granite.

Tests on caesarstone worktops, for example, have shown them to be four times as flexible as granite worktops.

All in all, quartz worktops are evidence that sometimes nature needs a helping hand.