Astro Black is a classic black quartz surface, with jeweled with fne black quartz fragments and mirrored flecks, which create a sparkling appearance as you gaze across its’ surface.
Natural Quartzite is a prized metamorphic rock, similar to Granite, but comprised in most parts of natural sandstone. This sandstone along with the presence of other natural minerals hardens and compacts to create a tough, glassy appearance, with natural veining and coloured streaks.
Modern Quartz worktops utilise the strength and beauty of Quartz crystals as the basis to create beautiful, consistent & durable worktops; typically using around 9 parts Quartz crystals to one part binding resins and dyes. The result is a surface which gains both the strength of natural stone, but the non-porosity of an engineered surface, making the result both practical, beautiful and hygienic.
Considerations when buying Quartz
The edge detail can completely change the appearance of a worktop, although the more complicated the detail, the more the cost will be as a result of the additional work that has to be done, as this is very skilled and labour intensive.
A Double Bevel Edge is included in the linear metre price of a worktop, but all other edges carry an additional charge.
Available edges: Single Pencil, Double Bevel, Double Pencil, Full Bullnose, Single Ovolo, Imperial, Birds Beak, Milano & Venetian
Please note, Birds Beak, Milano and Venetian edge details are much thicker, as they require two worktops to be stacked to produce the final effect.
A return end could be considered to be the shaping detail of your worktop, either as a design choice, or to make your worktop fit your kitchen.
Return ends typically incur an additional cost, depending on complexity, and may affect the cost of your edge detailing depending on how this affects the front facing edge of your worktop.
Types of Return End:
Part/Full Return: A square finish
Single Radius: One rounded corner
Double Radius: Two rounded corners/ U shape
Double Notch: Square cutout at one corner
Triple Notch: Square cutout on one edge
External Splay: Split an external corner with a diagonal cut.
Internal Splay: Split an internal corner with one diagonal and one transverse cut.
Breakfront: Square cutout at two corners.
Curved: A straight edge with a curved extrusion.
Internal profile edges on all edge details other than Bevel must have a radius of at least 60mm to be machined effectively.
End Panels are sometimes used to continue your worktop design along a vertical edge. These designs are great when you want to carry on the aesthetic motif of your worktop, rather than, for example, using cabinet end panels.
We typically use a butt joint with a 5mm overhang for end panels, this means your work top will continue right to the end, and your end panel will rise to meet the underside with a slight recess.
If you prefer, we can also produce worktops with a Flush Butt Joint (which meets exactly), or a Mitred Butt Joint, where the cross-section will show a 45 degree join between the two pieces.
Quartz upstands are affixed the the rear edge of your worktop, and stop an abrupt ending of your design.
We offer 60mm and 100mm upstands. Please note that as these will be cut from a different slab, there may be some slight variation in colour.
Because upstands will be made of the same rigid material as your worktop, plastering or tiling should be completed after the worktop installation. This will be the stage at which you fill any gaps between the wall and your new worktop.
Cutouts are essential for Quartz worktops, as these will provide the space for your sinks(s) and hob to fit.
Hobs can either be square, or recessed – which means the surface around the cutout is lowered to allow your hob to fit flush.
For sinks, The edges can be left coarse, for when sinks are overmounted, or polished for under counter sinks that sit below the worktop. We can also produce cutouts for Belfast Sinks, where the front of the worktop is open.
When planning your layout, try to avoid placing hobs or sinks near worktop joints, as less material will make the worktop weaker in these areas.
You should leave:-
– 120mm between two hob cutouts
– 100mm between hob & sink cutouts
– At least 50mm between two sink cutouts
– 50mm gap between sink cutouts and the worktop edge.
Drainer grooves can be incorporated into your worktop and are a great way to create a smooth, uncluttered appearance when compared with buying a counter top draining solution.
Our 5-groove drainers consist of five rounded channels which lead towards your sink, allowing water to flow into your basin.
Recessed drainers are an alternative option, which means lowering a square section of your worktop around the sink, creating a draining area, ideal for use with rack systems, especially where undermounted sinks are used. Because these are manufactured separately, you may find the recession has a slightly less polished finish than the bulk of your worktop.
We recommend pairing Quartz worktops with a stainless steel sink, typically mounted beneath the worktop itself.
We supply Franke and Apollo branded sinks, each of which can be either single, half, or paired 1.5 bowl combinations.
Please specify whether your sink is to be setup in the left-hand or right-handed position when deciding on extras.
We will fit your sink bowl at the same time as your worktop, but please note, this must be resealed by your plumber to validate your 12 months warranty. We will not complete plumbing works during our visit so please make prior arrangements to minimise disruption.
Where two worktop sections meet, for example, in an L-Shaped kitchen, we typically use a flat Butt corner joint, meaning one worktop section will continue to the corner, while the other will meet it on the long-edge.
Some edge details however will have more of an impact on the width of the edge profile, such as Imperial, Bullnose, Ovolo, Milano & Venetian. Where these edge details have been chosen, we will instead use a scribed corner joint.
For a scribed corner joint, where the two worktops meet at the inside corner, the joint cuts in at a 45 degree angle, allowing both pieces to continue the edge detail. After the necessary depth has been accommodated for, this 45 degree angle will then change to a right angle, allowing the two pieces to maintain a straight-edge join similar to that of a Butt Joint.
Joints are finished with a small ariss to the top edge. This is filled on installation with Silicone sealant to prevent water ingression.
A Care Kit will be sent out with every worksurface order, the cost will be shown on all our quotations and invoices.
Contents of the Kit
1 Mark and Stain Eraser,
1 Stone Guard Antibac Worksurface Cleaner 500ml*,
1 Bottle 500g Matt Stone Paste (matt finish only),
1 Pair of disposable gloves,
1 Microfibre Cloth,
1 Care & Maintenance Booklet.
Cut the scale that may form from water deposits on your Apollo® Quartz worksurface by applying Stone Guard. Simply spray sparingly onto your worksurface and buff up with a cloth and revive your as new shine.
For more comprehensive details about caring for your Apollo® Quartz worksurface, consult your Care and Maintenance booklet.
Quartz is extremely hard, scoring 7 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale.
Quartz worktops are made from Quartz crystals, bound with high performance, stain resistant polymers for a non-porous and chemically resistant surface.
A gap of at least 3mm should be left at each end of the worktop and filled with decorators caulk to account for thermal expansion; which can be as high as 1mm per metre.
Please note, that for us to maintain our low prices, our fitters often work alone. Additional labour will be required for any lifts exceeding 75Kg, please ensure you have made sufficient arrangements to help our installers work efficiently and safely.
Maximum worktop lengths are 3000 x 1300mm. Please bare this in mind while planning your worktop layout.
Please also take extra care to ensure your worktops are level and fixed securely prior to installation.