Natural Products: Quartz

Quartz is a manmade material, using Quartzite crystals in combination with resin binders and dyes to create solid sections of non-porous engineered stone.

The standard characteristic look of Quartz worktops is to have a textured pattern with visible chips. More recently, trends have shifted towards more natural looking marbled textures. While these materials have been engineered and are thus subject to rigorous quality control, the resulting worktop designs are typically heterogeneous, and will vary between slabs.

In this page, we will explore some of the most important considerations when deciding on a Quartz worktop.


Properties of Quartz Worktops


Drainer Grooves

When draining grooves are machined into a Quartz worktop, these will typically not be as finely polished as the main surface. This can mean they appear comparatively duller.

Directional Luminance

The crushed Quartzite used in Quartz worktops may in some lighting appear to have a granular texture. This can change based on viewing angle, and may make pieces from the same batch appear mismatched if at different angles.

Colour

Colours within Quartz worktops are quality controlled, although frequency may differ. Some Quartz styles may have both a foreground and background veining. Colours may differ when viewed in person to as they appear on a screen. Plain colours are prone to occasional contamination of patches.

Slab Size Limitations

Typical slab sizes for Quartz are 3m x 1.4m. This may mean that some designs require linear jointing for both surfaces and upstands. Corners will typically involve 2 sections to prevent the risk of breakage in transport.

Corners & Material Cost

Designs which include non-right angled corners may incur additional material cost, due to the wastage of material. Where worktops with irregular shaping need to be produced, the cost is calculated based on the long edge.


pictured: Lyskam Venus



Colour Galleries

Veined styles – please see the section on Veined worktops for guidance

Lyskam White

  • Lyskam White Straight Joint
  • Lyskam White L Joint

Lyskam White

Lyskam White features complex mottled patterns across its surface.

Lyskam Beige

  • Lyskam Beige Straight Joint
  • Lyskam Beige 100mm Sample – Different Lighting
  • Lyskam Beige 100mm Sample- Different Lighting
  • Lyskam Beige 100mm Sample – Different Lighting

Lyskam Beige

Lyskam Beige has a beige backdrop with scattered highlights and lowlights.

Lyskam Grey

  • Lyskam Grey Straight Joint
  • Lyskam Grey L Joint

Lyskam Grey

Lyskam Grey has a mid-grey backdrop with complex mottled patterning.

Lyskam Venus

  • Lyskam Venus 100mm Sample
  • Lyskam Venus 100mm Sample
  • Lyskam Venus 100mm Sample
  • L Joint Lyskam Venus
  • Straight Join Lyskam Venus

Lyskam Venus

Lyskam Venus has a variegated backdrop with prominent Ochre veining.

Concrete Cement Sand

  • Cement Sand L Joint
  • Cement Sand Straight Joint

Concrete Cement Sand

Cement Sand is a matt finish surface which requires more maintenance than polished surfaces. While the chips are a consistent colour, the background has dark grey veining against a warm light-grey background.

Delphin Grey

  • Delphin Grey Straight Joint
  • Delphin Grey Butt Joint
  • Delphin Grey L Joint
  • Delphin Grey 100mm Sample
  • Delphin Grey 100mm Sample
  • Delphin Grey 150mm Sample

Delphin Grey

Lyskam Grey has a warm mid-grey backdrop with complex mottled patterning.

Pietra Grey

  • Pietra Grey L Joint
  • Pietra Grey Straight Joint
  • Pietra Grey Butt Joint
  • Pietra Grey 100mm Sample
  • Pietra Grey 100mm Sample
  • Pietra Grey 100mm Sample
  • Pietra Grey 100mm Sample

Pietra Grey

Pietra Grey has a consistent backdrop, with intense steaks of contrasting whites.

Calcutta Gold

  • Calcutta Gold 150mm Sample
  • Calcutta Gold 100mm Sample
  • Calcutta Gold 100mm Sample
  • Calcutta Gold 100mm Sample

Calcutta Gold

Calcutta Gold features broad veining with shifting directions in softly contrasting tones. These veins can vary in intensity, some of which will have relatively consistent tone, while others have lighter bodies and deeper aspects within their linings.

Marquina

  • Marquina Straight Joint
  • Marquina Butt Joint
  • Marquina LJoint

Marquina

Marquina has a black background, scorched with bold and vibrant constrasting white veins, which can stretch the length of it’s suface. These veins often fork out and join together to form bold patterns.

Lagoon

  • Lagoon Straight Joint
  • Lagoon L Joint

Lagoon

Cava

Cava

Cemento

Cemento

Calcutta Grey

  • Straight Join
  • L Joint

Calcutta Grey