Quartz worktops, such as those made from Compac Quartz, are often cited as the best all-round work surfaces in terms of both function and aesthetics. This is because quartz surfaces are not reliant purely on the whims of nature, but are instead precision engineered through a process combining pure quartz with specialist dyes and a small proportion of epoxy resin.
Lovers of granite worktops meanwhile prefer the natural colours and patterns of this lava-based stone, which is instead taken as a slab directly from the quarry before being polished; installed; and then finally sealed prior to usage. Remarkably, even though granite has been recognised for centuries as one of the most hard-wearing of all building materials (and there is much evidence to show that granite structures do indeed stand the test of time), quartz surfaces are proven to be even more hard-wearing.
When looking at kitchen and bathroom worktops, potential purchasers sometimes show an interest in other stone surfaces. The quality of these alternatives however varies considerably.
Some worktops, such as those made from Compac Marmol, are again engineered with dyes and resin, rendering them into what could be described as the marble equivalent of Compac Quartz. Surfaces in the UK built from Compac Marmol have indeed been shown to be just as effective as Compaq Quartz.
Others, such as limestone and soapstone, are not as resilient as quartz – or indeed granite – particularly when it comes to keeping work surfaces free from the effects of heat (a pre-requisite when it comes to using the surfaces as a base for preparing certain foods).