|Sarah Solomon|||||written on: 01-06-2018 08:30am|
Pure white and marble-inspired quartz surfaces are a very popular feature for creating a stylish and sophisticated look in the bathroom. The delicate veining and subtle colours of marble-inspired surfaces provide the perfect background on which brassware colours can pop. From high shine rose golds and stainless steels to matt graphites which are currently in vogue, all are perfectly complemented by white and or marble-inspired surfaces. Quartz is increasingly being specified for bathroom vanity tops, shower returns, bath surrounds, wall cladding and flooring. In terms of colour and pattern, marble is a perennial favourite for bathrooms, due to the rich natural veining which creates an elegant and luxurious feel.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large area to work with when designing your new bathroom, consider adding a touch of hotel chic with a luxurious walk-in shower or bring spa style into your home with your very own steam shower cabin or Bluetooth-enabled illuminated bath complete with massage jets to target aches and pains. When space is limited, look for savvy storage solutions that make use of vertical space and think about combining a mix of materials to add visual interest.
Quartz is virtually non-porous, waterproof and highly resistant to mould and mildew, making it the perfect material for wet areas such as showers, wet rooms and bathrooms. Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials and is more durable than most stone, marble and granite. It is impervious to stains, scratches and cracks and is highly heat and cold resistant. Caesarstone quartz surfaces are designed to offer a practical, hygienic and environmentally friendly solution for the bathroom’s moist and humid surroundings. Their non-porous nature makes them resistant to water and thus to mould, mildew and bacteria – making them ideal as surfaces in the bathroom. Jon Stanley, VP Marketing at Caesarstone UK lists five reasons why quartz is the way to go in the bathroom.
Quartz surfaces are made up of a blend of natural quartz product, pigments and polymers that are molded, pressed and then cured to make a very strong solid surface slab that can then be fabricated for a variety of uses. At Caesarstone, the process begins with a rigorous inspection of all incoming raw materials. These are then manufactured through a highly automated, yet strictly monitored process that includes a significant amount of time and resource dedicated to polishing, testing and tagging.
Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly, quartz scores 7 compared to marble which scores 3-4. Diamond is 10 and chalk is 1. That means quartz surfaces are amongst the most durable surfaces available, a vital quality when it comes to areas as well utilised as the bathroom.
Caesarstone tested its quartz products against marble and granite for impact strength, flexible strength, compression and water absorption and they outperformed both marble and granite in all areas tested, confirming the supremacy of quartz when it comes to durability and being virtually non-porous. While granite and marble surfaces generally need to be sealed and are more prone to marks and scratching, quartz does not need to be sealed by artificial means and is scratch and mark resistant. A surface that is scratch and stain resistant will keep your bathroom looking beautiful for many years to come.
4. Design and versatility
High quality, premium-engineered quartz surfaces offer product consistency, a wide range of colours and designs and finishes simply not possible with natural stone. High quality quartz can be cut to fit nearly any space, is extremely adaptable and available in differing thicknesses. This makes quartz ideal for a range of surface applications – vanity units, walls and floors – for every bathroom whatever its size or shape. Unlike granite and marble, Caesarstone quartz, can even be curved using a thermal process, opening up a vast range of design options.
Not only does quartz last longer than almost all other surface options, it is easier to maintain, clean and keep looking good for longer. Quartz doesn’t need sealing, treating, polishing or any other form of maintenance, except a simple wipe clean with household detergent and water. And quartz offers a practical, hygienic and environmentally friendly solution for all bathrooms and wet rooms, on floors and walls as well as vanity units.
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