Quartz conglomerate successfully competes with natural stone. As a granite-based product, it takes on its excellent properties. What is more, in some aspects it is superior to it. However, quartz conglomerates also have several disadvantages. Which ones? You will read about it in our article.
Quartz conglomerate is ideal for modern arrangements
Natural stone is unique and not uniform in colour, thanks to which it gives the arrangement a unique look. However, this feature sometimes turns out to be a disadvantage, especially when decorating modern interiors. In such arrangements, designers usually focus on minimalist forms and homogeneous colors. Elements made of natural stone do not have these features, so designers often reach for a quartz conglomerate, or synthetic stone. Conglomerates are homogeneous, repeatable, serial – these are the features that have made them widely used in interior design.
Advantages of the quartz worktops
Quartz conglomerate is formed on the basis of quartz (which constitutes about 95% of the composition) and additives (resins and dyes). Its properties match those of the grant, and in some aspects exceed it. It has a smooth, non-porous surface with very low absorbability. Thus, it is resistant to stains and discolorations and easy to clean. Moreover, silver ions appear in the composition of conglomerates, which have an antibacterial effect. For this reason, quartzogranites work well in places exposed to the appearance of fungi or mould. In addition, there is a uniform colouring and repeatability of the plates and high resistance to mechanical damage. Thanks to these features, quartz conglomerate is valued by professionals: interior designers, architects and stonemasons, as well as people who use products based on it on a daily basis.
Let us summarize the advantages of quartz conglomerates, with particular emphasis on worktops made of this material:
- acid resistance (which distinguishes a quartz conglomerate from a marble conglomerate whose surface may damage e.g. lemon juice),
- high scratch resistance (however, do not cut directly on a glossy conglomerate top as scratches may remain),
- high resistance to staining,
- easy to clean,
- resistance to high temperatures (however, in the case of worktops it is advisable to use pads for hot pots in order not to lead to matting of the conglomerate),
- relatively low weight – the conglomerate is even 20% lighter than granite, thanks to which the top does not burden cabinets as much as natural stone,
- posine-free connection of worktop with sink or window sill,
- wide range of colours,
- monochromatic and reproducible (easy to reproduce) surface,
- quartz conglomerate takes the ambient temperature (as opposed to granite)
Conglomerate is an uneven conglomerate, so what to pay attention to when buying?
- reputation of the supplier
- the price
- attestations and certificates
Good quality quartz worktops are expensive. We will pay for no more than e.g. popular laminate tops (but less than for granite). Moreover, quartzogranite is composed of natural components in about 95%. The rest are dyes, synthetic resins and chemical additives, so it contains artificial components (unlike granite, which is completely natural). It is worth taking into account also the different quality of conglomerates – unfortunately, some of the products sold as full quartzogranite are second class. How to avoid this? Let’s choose a conglomerate from a reliable supplier. Moreover, a product that is very competitive in terms of price may not meet our expectations and ultimately present a poorer quality. The advantages of a particular conglomerate are also supported by certificates and attestations. They confirm compliance with standards and inform us whether a given product is safe for the environment.