When choosing between different types of kitchen or bathroom worktops, many householders agree that quartz worktops have many advantages over other those made from other materials.
Laminate coated worktops, for example, are relatively cheap, but they are also easily stained, scratched and chipped. It is important to note that scratches on any worktop surface are not only unsightly; they can also act as incubators for the growth and subsequent spread of harmful bacteria.
Worktops made from solid wood on the other hand are far more durable but they can also be prone to chips and scratches. They are also susceptible to water staining and, if not seasoned regularly with special oils, can warp when exposed to high temperatures.
Available in a wide range of colours, acrylic worktops such as corian are highly attractive in appearance, and are also relatively resilient and easy to clean. They are however also highly sensitive to extreme heat and can scratch easily.
Aluminium, meanwhile, whilst a favoured feature in many professional kitchens because of the intrinsic toughness of a metallic surface, can also scratch as a result of heavy duty chopping or the use of abrasives during cleaning.
Finally, granite, although extremely attractive to the eye, and coming closest to quartz in terms of resilience and durability, always requires period sealing before use.
Kitchen quartz worktops and bathroom quartz stone worktops on the other hand benefit from the qualities of natural quartz and are therefore highly durable and scratch-resistant. In addition because they are engineered with resin they do not require sealing to resist staining.