Quartz worktops are made from engineered stone, a man-made material with many of the properties of natural rock. Particles of quartz and other minerals are bonded with a plastic resin to create a hard, non-porous composite which machines and polishes like granite.
Because the “ingredients” can be carefully selected, other minerals, glass, mirror and metal can be added, and dyes injected with the resin, a vast range of colour and appearance can be achieved. Quartz manufacturers are constantly developing new products, with some materials having a strongly synthetic appearance, and others being very beautifully made copies of natural stone.
In terms of the obviously man-made look, perhaps the best-known would be the very pure colours, and especially whites like our own Affordable White, and the sparkly mirror flecked quartz, like Silestone Blanco Stellar, seen in a Sussex kitchen here.
For information about the differences between granite and quartz, and the pros and cons of each material, please see here.
As well as purity of colour, saturation and vibrancy can also be achieved with quartz. In the early days of these products a vast range of very bright colours was available, including amazing pink surfaces from pale flamingo to stunning fuchsia, purples, strong blues, through to orange, apple and lime green. Many of these were also available in mirror fleck versions.
More recently, with a general trend to softer, more natural colours and materials, and massive progress by quartz manufacturers in emulating real stone, the picture has changed. Almost all manufacturers make marble-look stones, but some brands, like Caesarstone and Silestone, are especially known for natural looking marble. Others, such as many of the Cambria products, are almost hyper-natural, with strong textures and veining combining with subtle sparkle to give a look which is Nature-Plus. And Radianz produce, in their Noble range, materials whose earthy tones make them work in contemporary kitchens, but whose little nuggets of metallic sparkle set them apart.
In order to be able to offer our customers the widest possible choice in terms of colour & price we have a range of stock colours (for quick delivery and cost efficiency), but also supply a huge range of quartz worktops from leading manufacturers including Silestone (for whom we are a Gold Partner), Cimstone, Arenastone, Samsung Radianz, Compac, Quarella, Diresco and the stunning range from Cambria.
Cosentino who make the Silestone range of quartz worktops also make a range of recycled surfaces called Eco. To view these ranges just click on the manufacturer’s name below:-
See more about these Acadia quartz worktops we fitted in Crawley, West Sussex
If you would like samples or if you have seen something you like but can’t see it here please ask as we may be able to source it for you.