Whilst cimstone quartz is rightly regarded as a more manageable alternative to granite for solid surface worktops, it is important not to underestimate the skill nevertheless required to carry out the proper installation of a cimstone quartz worktop.
In terms of control over colour, patterning, and ease of fitting, cimstone quartz is the stone of choice for worktop purchasers. This is because cimstone quartz is an engineered stone, generated by combining pure quartz with epoxy resin. As such, cimstone quartz is produced to precise, pre-determined colour and pattern specifications, and to standard, uniform dimensions. Granite worktops, on the other hand, whilst beautiful, are ultimately restricted in their appearance by whatever can be extracted straight from the quarry.
In addition, cimstone quartz, unlike granite which is highly porous, does not require any special sealing to prevent staining.
When installing cimstone quartz worktops however it is important to bear in mind that the cimstone slabs are, like granite, still extremely heavy; difficult to handle; and by no means immune to damage from being accidentally dropped or from being forced aggressively into position. In addition, precision cutting of the slabs – to fit the individual layout of a kitchen or bathroom or to accommodate custom features such as the exact shape needed for an undermount sink – is a skill usually beyond the capabilities of even the most experienced DIY home improvement enthusiast.
For these reasons it is always recommended that when fitting quartz worktops, an experienced installer is chosen who is also a registered member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.