It is a sobering fact that some suppliers offering ‘cheap deals’ or a ‘fast service’ on quartz and granite worktops may well be compromising quality when it comes to installation.
One of the first points to remember is that both granite and quartz are extremely heavy, and that worktops made from these materials can be difficult to both transport and handle. Any installers inadequately prepared for coping with the extreme weight of granite or quartz can easily end up dropping or mishandling the worktops and therefore damaging them.
Secondly, where two pieces of quartz or granite are needed to form a worktop, anything other than a professional installation will result in gaps being left between the two sections. This is especially true for granite, the shape of which is determined by how it was initially quarried (although it is arguably less of a challenge for quartz since it is engineered with resin to produce more uniform slabs of what is known as cimstone quartz). It is important to realise however that not only do gaps look unsightly; they compromise the ability to keep the worktop free of dirt and bacteria.
A related problem that can occur during installation is a failure to match the edges of the worktops to the exact contours of the back walls. Again, ugly and unhygienic gaps can be left as a result.
Two ways of ensuring a professional quality fitting of kitchen and bathroom worktops are: securing testimonials from satisfied customers; and checking that the installers are registered members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.