Quartz is one of the most popular options when choosing worktop materials, and for a good reason – it’s durable, beautiful and stands up well to everyday wear and tear. However, many people don’t know exactly what quartz is or how quartz worktops are made.
Unlike natural stone worktops (like granite), which are mined from stone quarries, quartz countertops are made in factories. Because of this, they’re often referred to as ‘engineered stone’.
During the manufacturing process, crushed quartz crystals are mixed with resin and coloured pigments. The process is formed into large slabs, which are then put under immense pressure and heated to a high temperature. This mimics the natural process, which leads to the formation of rock deep below the earth’s surface. The result is an ultra-compact slab that is then cut to the size and shape required by the customer.
Quartz worktops are available in various colours and patterns depending on the coloured pigments added during manufacturing. The options are endless, from bold, sparkly options to more subtle, solid colours. Mo’s StoneX manufactures and supplies many of the most popular quartz colours, including the Italian marble-inspired Carraras and Calacattas, based on Italian marble. Whatever look you want to create, we have the quartz worktop to make it happen!