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Why quartz is a big trend for 2018

Some trends only hit the catwalks – this one is coming to flats and houses across the UK. Quartz Worktops are surging in popularity, and in 2018, we’re predicting a rise in the number of quartz worktops in homes like yours.

Why do people love quartz?

We’ve yet to spot one single reason why so many of our customers are choosing quartz worktops instead of other materials, such as wood, lino or tile, or even other stones, such as marble or granite. A few elements do keep cropping up however:

– Quartz is practical – it’s stain-resistant, waterproof, and non-porous.

– Quartz is tough – it’s one of the toughest substances on the planet in fact, and hard to chip, scratch or break.

– Quartz is great near the stove – it’s food-safe, heat-resistant, not flammable and not damaged by hot pans or cups.

– Quartz is ideal for baking and prep – it doesn’t stain and blunts knives rather than getting scratched.

– Quartz is easy to clean – most of the time, it just needs a wipe with a damp cloth or a mild cleaner.

– Quartz adapts to any style – from country kitchen to urban minimalism, quartz fits in wherever its needed.

– Quartz is great value – an investment piece, quartz holds its value over the years as it does not weather or stain like wood.

Any colour you choose

One big reason quartz is so popular across the UK right now is that it’s available in a huge range of colours. This selection lets decorators combine the practical benefits of stone with their own design choices without being limited by naturally occurring colours and patterns. Quartz worktops can be very colourful indeed, ranging from natural stone shades (beige, grey, black and white quartz worktops) to jewel tones and paintbox colours (royal blue, pillar box red, egg yolk yellow…). As an engineered stone, quartz worktops are made up of around 95% quartz with the remainder being resin and dyes. This lets the manufacturers play with colour and texture in a ways natural stones can’t match and giving you more choice.

Is quartz better than granite or marble?

Granite has been on-trend for several years now, and it’s become the benchmark of kitchen worktops. As stoneworkers, we come from a long tradition of shaping natural stones, including granite, marble and limestone, and will always have a fondness for these. But is quartz better? For many families, the answer is yes. Engineered quartz worktops don’t need to be sealed; they are non-porous, stain-resistant, heat-resistant and waterproof. Quartz is harder to chip or scratch than marble. Quartz is incredibly tough, it’s affordable and comes in a wider range of colours – it’s a great choice for home use and sometimes, yes, it beats out our beloved classics like granite and marble.

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