By offering qualities of durability, aesthetic beauty, and superior hygiene, quartz stone worktops are fast becoming as highly regarded in the public eye as traditional granite worktops.
It is important to bear in mind however that these benefits are always fully dependent on installation by fully qualified professionals, such as certified members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
Firstly, whilst quartz worktops are highly resistant to cracking or chipping, the quartz itself comprises inbuilt stresses and areas of resistance which can respond adversely to any inappropriate attempts to shape or cut the quartz in order to fit a given area.
This is an important point because one of the main advantages quartz has for a bathroom or kitchen over granite worktops is its ability to lend itself to any thickness or size and shape of without affecting its basic condition, or its consistency of colour or pattern. However, without a thorough appreciation of the internal structure of quartz, there remains a serious risk of damaging a new worktop when performing a cutting operation.
In addition, when quartz kitchen or bathroom worktops are fitted, it is essential to ensure there are no gaps in between sections of the worktop, and between the worktop and any backing wall.
Whilst quartz, like other engineered stone such as Compac Marmol, is produced in precision built sections that are designed to match perfectly together, inexperience in performing a fitting – particularly for awkwardly shaped areas – can lead to the presence of unsightly gaps which can harbour bacteria and undermine the superior hygiene of quartz.