When deciding which material to pick for new kitchen countertops, many homeowners may choose a surface purely based on its appearance. Whilst aesthetics are a top priority for many; there are various other essential aspects to take into deliberation, such as the durability, maintenance requirements and longevity of materials.

Solid surface countertops have been around for over 50 years and are a mainstay in both kitchens and bathrooms. Not only are they visually pleasing with a whole range of colours to choose from, but solid surface worktops can be a perfect alternative to other, more conventional materials, namely stone or wood. There are many advantages to installing solid surface countertops in your home, and the idea behind solid surfaces was to create something that looked like natural stone but is non-porous and a fraction of the price.

What Are The Major Selling Points Of Solid Surface Countertops?

Durable - Solid surface countertops are extremely tough, strong, and they even resist bacterial growth. They’re highly stain and scratch-resistant, and burns can be sanded away with fine-grit abrasive paper or sanding accessories. Solid surface countertops are man-made and manufactured from no less than sixty-six per cent natural mineral, which has been fused with polymer resins to make the material more robust and durable than the natural stone from which they are manufactured.

Non-porous - Although no surface is completely non-porous, a solid surface comes as close to being non-porous as any countertop material. As a direct result of this solid surfaces have an extremely low porosity which doesn't allow bacteria, mould or germs to settle anywhere on the surface. Neither do they stain nor absorb any liquids which may occur from food or beverage preparation, near zero-porosity means that maintenance demands of solid surface countertops are very low as they look newer for longer in comparison to other materials.

Easy to Maintain - Solid surface countertops are very easy to maintain and clean, making them a perfect addition to any busy kitchen. Daily maintenance is required. However, this is nothing less than a wipe down after use with either a damp cloth or a sponge.

Flawless Joints - Because solid surfaces are a man-made material, it is attainable to generate a seamless countertop. Having seamless joins will not only make the countertop look flawless but having no seams will also make it a great deal more hygienic than other materials which have visible joints. This is because liquids and pieces of food from kitchen preparation have nowhere to collect.

Long-Lasting - Properly maintaining a solid surface countertop can give it an extensive lifespan, and as previously mentioned, solid surfaces require very minimal maintenance. Solid surfaces are also resistant to fading, meaning that the colour of your countertops will remain intact over a long period. With solid surface countertops, you won’t need to worry about a faded material impacting the colour scheme of your interiors.

Solid surface countertops are a reliable and practical addition to any kitchen. If you would like more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 4477440, to chat with a member of our team. Or why not browse our portfolio to see some of our previous works https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio

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Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials, making it an extremely durable surface for any kitchen which sees a lot of activity. Not only is Quartz a stylish solution for your kitchen, but there are also many benefits to choosing Quartz worktops -

  • Hardwearing - As one of the most hardwearing man-made materials available, Quartz is less porous than other stone worktops such as Granite or Marble. This quality makes it incredibly stain resistant, making it perfect for areas such as kitchens where there is likely to be a lot of spillage during food preparation. Quartz worktops also never hold onto any spillages or liquids, and as a direct result of this, it is tough to stain.

  • Hygienic - Quartz works at preventing bacterial growth on the surface, making it a very clean worktop for your kitchen. As it is a very dense and compact material, bacteria doesn’t grow or spread as rapidly as on other kitchen surfaces.

  • Consistent in colour and design - As Quartz has been manufactured and man-made, it is very consistent in terms of both colour and pattern. Quartz also has a refined quality which makes it adaptable to different kitchen style schemes such as contemporary, industrial or classic.

How To Care For Quartz Worktops

Quartz worktops are a perfect addition to any lively family kitchen as they’re durable and effortless to clean. With a bit of straightforward preservation, you can keep your Quartz worktops looking immaculate for years to come.

Cleaning Your Quartz Worktop

As Quartz is a robust non-porous surface, it makes cleaning very easy and stress-free. Quartz does not require any special cleaner, simply use a bit of warm water with either soap or non-abrasive cleaner with a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe down the surface. Although stain-resistant, Quartz countertops are not stain proof, and therefore liquids should be wiped up as soon as possible. Quartz will resist stains for a short period, but all coloured liquids should be cleaned up immediately.

Do’s & Don’ts

Below we have assembled some helpful cleaning advice to aid you in keeping your Quartz worktop in an immaculate condition.

Do -

  • Clean your worktops daily with warm water and a few drops of surface cleaner or antibacterial detergent, using a soft cloth.

  • Wipe up any spills immediately to prevent staining to your worktops.

  • Use heat pads and stands for hot pans and trays, though Quartz can withstand mild heat, placing boiling pots or pans directly down onto the surface can result in long term damage.

  • Avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals like bleach or chlorine; these can stain the stone and discolour Quartz.

  • Be cautious when using oil, try to prevent spillages onto your worktops, and don’t use cleaning products that contain oil as it can dull a polished finish and leave an unwanted residue on the surface.

Don’t -

  • Use vinegar, ammonia, lemon or orange cleaners, they’re very acidic and can cause the Quartz to discolour or disintegrate.

  • Store liquids directly onto your countertop.

  • Cut or chop directly onto your worksurface, although Quartz is highly scratch resistant, it still can and does sometimes scratch. Always make sure you use a chopping board when preparing food.

  • Use generic cleaning solutions such as glass cleaner or bleach.

Quartz worktops are a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen. Browse our portfolio to see some of our previous works https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio or contact us today on 0191 4477440 to chat with a member of our team.

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When attempting to create a new look for your kitchen, choosing the ideal worktop to fit your design desires can be both demanding and time-consuming. There is a vast selection of worktop materials out there for you to incorporate into your home, and this can often make the selection process tough often placing homeowners in a challenging position when picking a worktop which fits both their lifestyle and space. Your perfect kitchen worktop should require low maintenance, be both versatile and durable all while having its unique design style. Taking all these factors into consideration, quartz and granite are two types of igneous rock which meet the perfect worktop specifications.

When deciding what material to instal for your kitchen worktops, both granite and quartz are popular materials. Not only do these materials add a decorative aesthetic to any kitchen, they individually provide their own advantages. Granite is a tough substance, making it the ideal choice for people who want a durable, long-lasting worktop. Whereas quartz is non-porous, making it highly stain resistant. However, both materials will not disappoint in terms of aesthetic appeal.

Quartz Worktops

Quartz worktops are human-made engineered stone worktops, and they are formed by combining 90% ground quartz (one of the hardest minerals found in the earth) with small amounts of glass or metallic pigments, to add diversity, resulting in highly attractive worktops. Additional benefits of quartz are that it is incredibly hard and durable. It is a non-porous material and therefore very resistant to cracks and stains. Consequently, to these properties, quartz worktops never require to be sealed.

Since quartz is not natural, and instead human-made, your options for colours and designs are endless from natural colours like whites and blacks to more unique colours such as blues or pinks. When compared to other materials, quartz worktops have a unique and glossy finish which can bring character to any kitchen. Quartz is the most common material in the earth’s crust, and mining it affects the environment a lot less than mining other, rarer elements, another benefit why quartz is the perfect worktop material for your home.

Granite Worktops

Similarly to quartz another commonly used material for worktops is granite. Granite is a natural rock which is drilled, chiselled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, special milling machines then cut the rock into workable slabs which are then polished for use in homes. Unlike quartz, granite worktops are more vulnerable to staining. Therefore we highly recommend that you get any granite surface sealed to prevent any discolouration or blemishes appearing on your worktop. To keep granite sparkling, clean with hot water and soap after usage.

Due to its weight and strength, granite is thicker and more durable to similar materials, making it resistant to scratches and able to resist temperature changes. As granite is a natural stone, it doesn’t have the same extensive range of colours as quartz. The slabs also do have their imperfections as it is not manufactured artificially. Therefore if you want to have worktops which match your kitchen’s decor to the tee, it may prove extremely difficult to find the right design or shade.

At R.O Surfaces, we are proud to have installed and manufactured hundreds of fantastic quartz and granite worktops. You can see a range of our work here - https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio, or get in touch directly to see what we can do for you, 0191 4477440.

Unit 2 Foundry Park, Swalwell, NE16 3DS

0191 447 7440