Quartz worktops are rightly viewed as a way of greatly improving the look of a kitchen or bathroom. It is a mistake to think, however, that the installation of quartz and other quality stone worktops should be considered solely as an aesthetic home improvement.
Pure stone worktops – mainly Compac Quartz worktops, granite worktops, caesarstone worktops, and Compac Marmol worktops – are also very much valued for their superior performance and functionality; as well as for their hygiene qualities.
Stone, whether it is in pure slab form and sealed with a proprietary application after purchase – as in the case of granite; or compacted and sealed at source using an impermeable resin – as happens with quartz worktops; benefits from some unique characteristics.
Kitchen and bathroom worktops made from stone, for example, are virtually immune to scratching, chipping or cracking. This is a particular advantage where routine, heavy duty kitchen work is concerned; especially when contrasted against the damaged worktops one usually sees after just a year or so in the homes of those who have opted for acrylic or laminate surfaces.
Stone worktops are also strongly resistant to heat and water damage; a particular boon, say, in damp, steamy bathrooms.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, granite worktops and other impermeable stone surfaces such as quartz are highly unlikely to become stained when, say, that takeaway curry spills.
By the same token, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth is usually all that is required to ensure stone surfaces remain germ and bacteria-free.