An increasing number of households are opting for modern kitchen quartz worktops and quartz bathroom worktops over traditional granite. There are two main reasons for this.
Firstly, quartz worktops require less maintenance than granite. Secondly, with quartz worktops there is a greater degree of control over colour and pattern selection than is possible with granite.
The reason why quartz worktops have these advantages is that rather than being made from pure quartz they are in fact made by an engineered version of quartz. The engineering process involves combining many pieces of real quartz with a small proportion of epoxy resin.
The result is a finished material which, like pure quartz, is extremely tough, but – because of the resin binding – is also super-resistant to bacterial infestation and staining. The major advantage this built-in defence gives engineered quartz over granite is the capacity for the worktops to be used without the need for prior sealing.
The quartz engineering process also enables colour and patterning to be precisely determined; unlike granite which is entirely reliant on the accidents of nature for its colours and patterns.
Of the various quartz stone worktops available, many householders have opted to install those constructed from cimstone quartz. Some are attracted to cimstone’s use of additional highlights such as mirror or glass which catch the light in stunning and unique ways.
Others value the fact that cimstone has managed to meet the extremely high standards on surface hygiene laid down by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), the internationally-recognised food safety standards organisation.