Quartz worktops can be found enhancing kitchens all over the world, but have you ever wondered how they are made?
Quartz is actually the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust and there are several different types ranging from more common varieties to precious gem stones such as amethysts.
Its attractiveness lends itself to a variety of uses including in recent years kitchen worktops. Quartz was first used for this purpose back in the 1980s and its popularity has grown to rival granite and wood based alternatives.
Quartz worktops are made from what is initially a destructive process. The stone is ground up into a fine material that is then bonded together with an acrylic resin and a small quantity of glass.
The material is then moulded and placed under approximately 100 tons of pressure before being put into a kiln. Once the material has solidified, then the material is polished and made ready for use.
What you end up with is a versatile material which can be manufactured to achieve various combinations of colours and finishes. From sparkly worktops to matt and gloss finishes, quartz worktops can enhance the design and appeal of any kitchen.