Learn some facets of Quartz and Solid surfaces!
Posted: Jul 16, 2015
Nowadays, homeowners can find varied kinds of countertop materials. Most popular ones are quartz, laminate, solid surface, hardwood, glass, and granite worktops of UK. But often people get bewildered between solid surface worktops and quartz worktops.
Little brief about both the worktops, starting with Solid surface worktop:
Solid surface worktops are made of durable, man-made material usually composed of marble dust, bauxite, acrylic or polyester resins and pigments. One can find a wide assortment of colours, patterns, and finishes. These are commonly used for seamless countertop installation. Plus, solid surface options can be of great cost effective substitute to granite without compromising on quality and look and feel of your existing kitchen or bath.
Quartz worktops are made from one of the hardest material on the earth and is considered as an ideal option for kitchens. As they are the most durable which makes them resistant to scratches and stains thus, are maintenance free. These are considered as an attractive and handsome countertops for kitchen.
There are some distinct features of both Quartz and Solid surface worktops which makes them different from each other, which are:
- Quartz worktops have higher heat resistant quality than solid surface. However, it is still advisable to use trivets before placing any hot item on the surface.
- The joints of quartz worktops are visible, whereas solid surfaces have seamless joints. The longest length required before joints are necessary in quartz is approx. 3020mm. And in solid surfaces required length for requirement of joints is approx. 3200mm.
b Plus, quartz worktops have a greater scratch resistance than solid surfaces.
Solid surfaces who are higher on quality can be identified with greater thickness such as corian. But one can find surfaces with less than of 12.5mm thickness, which by any stretch of imagination comes in the same league.
Solid surfaces can be thermoformed thus, can be easily converted into many shapes and curves. There are few limits on any style of design.
- Both quartz and solid surfaces worktops are non-porous in nature.
Some examples of quartz worktops are- compac, cimstone, silestone, prestige quartz, caesarstone, luxore, and arenastone. All of these are made on a Breton machine which further defines a true quartz surface.
To learn more about the worktops, make sure to ask plenty of questions from better known manufacturers which will further help you in choosing right worktop for your kitchen surfaces.
Hi, I am Randy Jones and I love writing about home improvements. An interior decorator by profession, I give home improvement tips, ideas and information through my blogs.