In the modern age it is gratifying to witness the continued popularity of quartz and granite. UK worktops in many kitchens and bathrooms still feature quartz and granite in their construction. Certainly, quartz and granite worktops are extremely hard to beat for both durability and aesthetic beauty.
Granite is a prehistoric rock formed from lava or magma and as a consequence is extremely durable and hard-wearing. It is estimated that, worldwide, there are about 500 different types of granite, all with their own unique colours. These range from white through to pinks, browns, smoky greys and blacks.
Granite is also further categorised according to whether it has an unchanging, consistent pattern or a variegated one. Worktops made from a variegated patterned will need to be laid out as one piece and will therefore be more expensive.
Finally, although naturally coarse, granite is usually professionally polished to bring out its familiar shine.
Ironically, quartz is a mineral that is actually found within granite, although also in some other rocks. Quartz is one of the hardest substances in nature, possessing a natural robustness in its crystalline structure that is second only to diamonds and other precious stones. It is also highly resistant to both weathering and extremes of temperature.
Although quartz occurs naturally in a range of colours and hues, including white, yellow, pink, brown and black, quartz worktops can in fact be found in almost any colour. This is because the quartz used for worktops is specially processed quartz known as Cimstone quartz; a combination of 93% quartz and 7% resin.
Granite and quartz worktops are ideal for any kitchen or bathroom.