Worktop materials have undergone revolutionary developments in the last few years alone, but it is quartz that is fast becoming the worktop choice for many professionals and homeowners alike. In fact, because of its durable nature, excellent value for money and an extensive colour range, 72% of all the worktops we supply are now quartz worktops.
Quartz worktop qualities
An engineered stone, quartz worktops maintain the benefits of a man-made product, whilst effecting the beautiful look and patterns of natural stone. It is produced from a blend of approximately 95% ground natural quartz with 5% polymer resins, ensuring consistency of colour and structure throughout. The result is a strong material ideal for worktops because it is hygienic, easy to clean and non-porous…or in other words, stain-resistant! Quartz is also heat and scratch resistant, qualities which further enhance its durability. Another advantage is that quartz can be cut, shaped, polished and drilled to suit individual taste, and it is available in in a selection of worktop thicknesses, and in lengths of up to 3.05m. This jumbo option is especially useful for achieving full kitchen worktop pieces with no visible worktop join.
Quartz worktop colours
Colour is important for reflecting personal taste and creating a home environment that we can relax in and enjoy. With quartz, colour pigment can be added during the engineering process; this enables us to offer a wide range of Quartz surfaces, diverse in both colour and texture. Our range also includes many styles reminiscent of more expensive worktop materials such as marble. We also offer a choice of a shiny or matt surface finish.
Finally, with quartz you also have different options to choose from for your worktop edges. This includes mitred, square, bevelled, bullnose, or a waterfall edge (as pictured), which continues the worktop down the edge of a unit, and which is a particularly popular choice for kitchen islands.
Contemporary Kitchens supply quartz worktop options from Irelands leading supplier Silestone:
Silestone® quartz worktops
Silestone® is a compound made of natural quartz and incorporates an enhanced Bacteriostatic agent for maximum hygienic protection. Silestone® worktops are available in over 80 different colours, as well as in a tile option. There is also a choice of 3 different finishes: 1) a polished surface with a shiny look and smooth finish; 2) a honed finish with a matt texture 3) a suede finish, reminiscent of leather (yet which still maintains the durable qualities of quartz).