The making of quartz worktops: why Nature sometimes needs a helping hand

In Quartz Worktops by dawn

No-one would deny that Nature knows best – certainly not the many customers who say how much they still love their quartz stone worktops. Most experts agree with these satisfied customers that quartz stone worktops more than have the edge over laminates and acrylics when it comes to sheer resilience; ease of maintenance, and hygiene.

However, whilst quartz is one of Nature’s gifts to the world, Nature needs a little help before this super-tough substance can be used for high traffic areas such as flooring – and of course – kitchen and bathroom worktops.

This is because quartz, unlike its traditional alternative, granite, is a mineral deposit; and is more often than not extracted from the ground in little pieces. Granite, on the other hand, consists of cooled lava or magma – and granite worktops are simply cut from large slabs of the rock.

The method used with top quality brands, such as Compac Quartz, is to combine the pieces of quartz with a small amount of resin and coloured dyes, and to subject them to huge compacting pressures using a special machine.

This precision controlled process results in a wide range of quartz worktops which look exactly as they do in the manufacturers’ brochures.

In many ways, a lot of customers prefer to know exactly how their stone worktop will look in their bathroom or kitchen; with granite, they can be left with unexpected colour variations or even the presence of impurities within the rock itself.

The Compac company has enjoyed similar success with its marble-based stoneware, Compac Marmol.